Keely Hutton

Coming October 2022

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✭ “Southern Sudanese Deng’s remarkable life story is one of loss and survival

The combined experience and talents of Hutton and Deng result in crisp, clear writing that is eminently readable. Deng’s voice rings authentically through the telling, her resilient spirit eclipsing the grueling trials she was forced to endure.
—Micheal Cart, 


✭ “Eye-opening and relevant.”
Publishers Weekly


✭ “Visceral.”



✭ “A must-purchase for teen collections.”

Publishers WeeklySTARRED REVIEW

Keely Hutton, Author

Keely Hutton is a children’s book author and former English teacher. She worked closely with Ricky Richard Anywar to tell his story in her debut novel, Soldier Boy. Booklist named Soldier Boy one of the top ten first novels in 2017 and one of the top ten historical novels for youth in 2018. Her second novel, Secret Soldiers, was a 2020 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year and 2020 Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Book for Young People. Her third novel, Don’t Look Back, a YA memoir she co-authored with Achut Deng, will be available in Fall 2022. Keely lives in Rochester, NY with her husband, two sons, and adorable dog, Maximus.

Fall 2022 Events


September 29th

Medina School District – middle and high schools

October 11th

DON’T LOOK BACK Launch Day Events!

Lydonville Central Schools Author Visit

Royalton-Hartland School District

Albion Central Schools Author Visit 

Book Launch at Author’s Note Bookstore

Medina, NY

7:00 PM​


October 13th

Chenery Author Festival

95 Washington Street

Belmont, MA

3-5:30 PM​


October 14th

Conversation with Achut

Seminary Co-op International House, Chicago, IL

6-7:30 PM 


October 18th

Speaking to local book club 


October 19th

Rochester Children’s Book Festival - Festival-to-Go 

Anna Murray-Douglass Academy School #12

Presenting to two 8th grade classes

October 25th 

Virtual Fierce Reads Celebrating Nonfiction Storytelling

Panel Event with Achut

Hosted by the American Writer's Museum

7:30 PM


November 5th

Rochester Children’s Book Festival at RIT

10:00AM-4:00 PM

Presentation - Humanizing History at 1:30 PM


November 8th

The Chapin School Cocktail Party and Book Signing (Parents Only)


6:00-8:00 PM


November 9th

The Chapin School Author Festival and Book Signing (at middle and upper schools)


11:45 AM – 2:45 PM


November 17th-20th

NCTE conference

Anaheim, CA 

November 21st

ALAN workshop conversation with Achut Deng

"Find Hope from Within"

Anaheim, CA

Time TBD

Book Launch at Authors Note, Medina NY "Don't Look Back"
Chenery Author Festival 2022