Jesse Haynes



Jesse Haynes is a 21 year old young adult novelist and podcaster, best known for his iTunes Top 300 podcasts, Cryptid Creatures, and The Others. Haynes is also the author of two young adult (YA) science fiction books, Creepers and Creepers 2, as well as Special, a story of an unlikely friendship. Haynes attends the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He plans to keep writing for many years.


10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
State Library, Teen HQ
Urban Legend Trivia
Ages 11 and up

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Book Talk

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Did You Hear That?: Podcasts and Audio Dramas



Isaac Treaux is special. His special is not like most people would assume, however. He is not special in regards of talent, physical gifts, or likelihood to succeed. He is the kind of special that made kids point at him and snicker from across the hallway. Isaac was born with a mild form of Down Syndrome, and with it comes constant bullying. This is why his classmates in the small town of Bryer Springs, South Dakota are confused when a beautiful cheerleader named Amber moves in next door to him, and the two instantly strike a friendship. Although Amber is almost the complete opposite of Isaac, the friendship becomes inseparable and Isaac begins to show how special he truly can be. The two unlikely friends learn life lessons from each other in a story that teaches about kindness, friendship, and loss.


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