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PETER LERANGIS on The Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon, PAUL POPE on Battling Boy, GEORGE O’CONNOR on Poseidon: Earthshaker (Olympians) , and SHEILA KEENAN on Dogs of War

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2:00 p.m., Room 1164 (Building 1, 1st Floor)

Author(s) and Guest(s)

Peter Lerangis

In the second of the illustrated adventure Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon (HarperCollins; $17.99), Jack travels to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, where he discovers a world out of time and is faced with a dilemma unlike any he'd ever imagined. Lerangis's young adult books have sold over 5 million copies and been translated into 33 languages.   

PETER LERANGIS is the author of more than 160 books, which have sold more than four million copies and been translated into 27 different languages, including two books in the New York Times–bestselling series The 39 Clues (Book 3: The Sword Thief and 7: The Viper’s Nest). He is also author of the hilarious, edgy YA novel wtf, and the Drama Club series, about a group of high school theater kids in a town where theater is big-budget and life-changing. His novel Smiler’s Bones, based on the true story of a Polar Eskimo boy orphaned in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, was selected as a N.Y. Public Library Best Books for Teens 2006, a Bank Street Best Books of 2006, and a Junior Library Guild pick. Along with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson, he has co-authored the upcoming Vespers Rising. His novel Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, a collaboration with Harry Mazer, will be published in 2012, along with a three-book series, Perfect. Peter was one of three authors, along with R. L. Stine and Marc Brown, invited by the White House to represent the U. S. in the first Russian Book Festival in 2003. He is a Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry. After college he became a Broadway musical theater actor. He has run a marathon and gone rock-climbing during an earthquake, but not on the same day. He lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their two sons, Nick and Joe. In his spare time, he likes to eat chocolate. Lots of it. Seriously, he loves chocolate.

Paul Pope

Comics legend Paul Pope presents a new hero in his graphic novel Battling Boy (First Second Books; $15.99).  Monsters roam through Arcopolis, swallowing children into the horrors of their shadowy underworld. Only one man is a match for them - the genius vigilante Haggard West.  Unfortunately, he's dead. When salvation comes in the form of a twelve-year-old demigod, no one is more surprised than Battling Boy.  "Smashingly beautiful . . . a thunderclap of a book."--Junot Diaz.  Pope is the two-time Eisner-award winning author-illustrator ofBatman:  Year 100, Heavy Liquid, and 100%.  He is also the designer of this Fair's poster dedicated to Generations Genius Days.    

George O’Connor

The arrival of the iPad in 2010 is widely hailed as the dawn of the “tablet era” in personal computing. Looking back, it’s also the genesis of a federal price-fixing lawsuit that to this day has entangled Apple and many of the country largest book publishers, with far-reaching implications for readers, whether or not they’ve ever bought an e-book.  George O'Connor's hit series, Olympians, has landed on the New York Times bestseller list (Hades and Poseidon) and found a devoted fan-base among readers and educators. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love is the next installment in the series.   

Sheila Keenan

DOGS OF WAR (Scholastic Graphix $22.99 hc; $12.99 pbk), which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, is a graphic novel telling the stories of the canine military heroes of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. This collection of three fictional stories was inspired by historic battles and real military practice. Each story tells the remarkable adventures of a soldier and his service dog and is rendered with fascinating and beautiful detail, bringing to life the faithful dogs who braved bombs, barrages, and battles to save the lives of countless soldiers. Keenan co-authored David Macaulay’s How It Works beginning reader series (CastleJetToiletEye), and is the author of the picture book As the Crow Flies; and of nonfiction such as Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People; and O Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words.

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