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About Us


When lovers of Young Adult literature combine their powers, great festivals are born. That is how the NTBF became an annual event for YA fans in the Washington, DC region. The planning committee is comprised of book sellers, librarians, and educators who love YA lit and the people who read it. Read about the committee below.


Danielle Ellison (Founder) is always on the lookout for a new adventure. She’s an YA author, a soon-to-be librarian, and event planner. Danielle has done a lot of really cool things in her life, but nothing has brought her as much joy as creating and organizing NoVa TEEN. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges.


April Pavis-Shroeder (Event Coordinator) is a librarian at Alexandria Library. If she could cast herself in a YA novel, she’d be the quick-witted best friend who has pockets full of concert ticket stubs.


Lelia Nebeker is the book buyer for One More Page Books in Arlington, where she also organizes YA events. Her greatest professional achievement was standing in a parking spot to save it for Maggie Stiefvater’s Camaro.

Kristen Burnham is a Youth Services librarian for Prince William County, and loves nothing better than to talk about the next great YA book…except maybe reading said great YA book.  NoVa TEEN Book Festival is an awesome adventure, and she’s excited to be a part of it!  And if you have time, come find her to ask why Shannon Messenger is her favorite author in the whole wide world –she’ll keep the fangirling to a minimum.


Krissy Ronan is a high school librarian at George C. Marshall High School. She loves laughing and connecting readers with books they will love.


Hallie Jackson is the Youth and Teen Services Coordinator for Fairfax County Public Library, where she gets paid to come up with fun things for teens to do. She loves getting snowed in, and magical realism, and believes life is mostly magic and only a little real.

NoVa TEEN has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment.

If you feel unsafe during our event, please come to the One More Page book sales table where a staff member will help you.