I first met Stephanie at ALA when I was a brand-new author. I didn't know anyone in the world of YA literature, but Stephanie made me feel welcome and valued and supported in ways few others have. The two times I've been a guest at TBF have been high points of my career, because of the incredible amount of time and care and love that Stephanie put into it. Stephanie was bright, funny, and generous, and she could make things happen in ways that still blow my mind. I miss her.
Stephanie will forever be the librarian godmother of young adult literature. Her raucous example of love for teen readers inspires me every day.
As an author who was always delighted to be invited to Rochester for the Teen Book Festival, I was in awe of what Stephanie managed to accomplish with the TBF—not just that she assembled such an amazing team that could put on such a huge event year after year, but also that she made it also so personal for everyone involved. I know her legacy lives on in all the kids who experienced TBF over the years, and found that that event changed their lives in both subtle and immense.