Ava, the 16-year-old protagonist of SALVAGE
, has some tough times ahead --- after the spaceship she grew up on evicts her, she has to escape to earth and learn to survive on a difficult, foreign planet. And she must struggle with something else, too --- learning to read and write. In this guest post, author Alexandra Duncan
discusses why she wrote about an illiterate character, delving into her time as a reading tutor in college and her own difficulties with math and science homework.