AUTHORS FOR CHILDREN + TEENS

Catch online presentations from some of the hottest authors for kids and young adults.

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November 2021

Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
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Three YA Authors on Remixing the Classics

In Our Violent Ends, Chloe Gong’s Shakespearean sequel to These Violent Delights, secrets keep Roma and Juliette apart, and a new monstrous danger emerges in Shanghai, already on the edge of revolution. Rumor has it that the Head of the legendary Dragon Fleet had one last treasure – the plunder of a thousand ports – and two intrepid girls take to the deadly high seas to find it in C.B. Lee’s A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix.…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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On Resistance, Romance, and Building Fantastic Worlds

Revisit Melissa Albert’s Hazel Wood world with 12 Tales from the Hinterland, where an enchantress is killed twice – and lives – a young woman spends a night with Death, and more. In Romina Garber’s Cazadora: A Novel (Wolves of No World #2), Manu and her friends cross the mystical border into Kerana, a cursed realm in Argentina rife with werewolves and witches. In Jordan Ifueko’s Redemptor (Raybearer #2), an Empress Redemptor sits on the throne for the first time,…

Friday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm
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Storytime: For All/Para Todos

In Alejandra Domenzain’s For All/Para Todos, a young girl named Flor and her father are driven to leave their country for the promise of a land called For All. When Flor comes to understand the deep impact of their immigration papers, she picks up her green pen and writes from the heart, telling the story of immigrants who have been excluded from “justice for all.” She inspires others to speak up and take action in the hope that their new country will live up to its ideals.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Bunkmates, Besties, Boyfriends: Three Irresistible Romances

In Sarah Dass’ Where the Rhythm Takes You, Reyna’s childhood best friend and first love comes roaring back into her life as a VIP guest at her family’s seaside resort in Tobago. A Brazilian teen pop star’s public image takes a dive after a messy public breakup – until she’s set up with a swoon-worthy fake boyfriend in Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins. In Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Marissa Meyer Presents Gilded

In Gilded, New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer returns to the fairy-tale world with this haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. Or so everyone believes. When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move.…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Murder She Wrote: Four YA Thrillers

Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, where two students struggle against an anonymous bully whose sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game. In Holly Jackson’s As Good As Dead: The Finale to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, the conclusion of the series, Pip wonders whether her anonymous online stalker is something more sinister. In You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Soman Chainani Presents Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales

You think you know these stories, don’t you? You are wrong. You don’t know them at all. Twelve tales, 12 dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life … and death. A prince has a surprising awakening … A beauty fights like a beast … A boy refuses to become prey … A path to happiness is lost ……

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Storytime: Aaron Slater, Illustrator

In Andrea Beaty’s Aaron Slater, Illustrator, the title character loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers. When his teacher asks each child in the class to write a story, Aaron can’t get a single word down. He is sure his dream of being a storyteller is out of reach … until inspiration strikes,…

Saturday, November 20 @ 12:00 pm
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Three Writers on History, Hardship & Healing

In Ruth Behar’s Letters from Cuba, a Jewish girl escapes Poland to make a new life in Cuba, where she works to rescue the rest of her family. Twenty years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero but he still has to navigate grief, identity, and stand up for what’s right in Saadia Faruqi’s new novel. In Jasmine Warga’s The Shape of Thunder, two former friends grieving over a school shooting must travel back in time to right wrongs and save siblings.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
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Brendan Kiely Presents The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege

Talking about racism can be hard, but … Most kids of color grow up talking about racism. They have “The Talk” with their families – the honest talk about survival in a racist world. But white kids don’t. They’re barely spoken to about race at all – and that needs to change. Because not talking about racism doesn’t make it go away. Not talking about white privilege doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Brendan Kiely’s The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege begins this much-needed conversation for white kids.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
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It Takes Two: Graphic Novels on Family & Friendship

In Just Roll With It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie and Veronica Agarwal, Maggie just wants to get through her first year of middle school, but she’s having a tough time navigating new friendships, after-school clubs, and the rumored monster on school grounds. Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau join forces in the graphic novel adaptation of Turtle in Paradise, in which money is scarce, family secrets unravel, and Turtle finds herself coming out of her shell.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
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Singing Even in the Dark Times: Four YA Authors on Historical Fiction

In Tahereh Mafi’s An Emotion of Great Delight, Shadi tries to navigate her crumbling world in the wake of 9/11 by soldiering through, until one day, everything changes, and she explodes. In One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, two sisters embark on a journey to honor the memory of their social activist sister, killed under mysterious circumstances, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
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Storytime: The One and Only Sparkella

The One and Only Sparkella, Channing Tatum’s picture book debut, is a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter. Ella is excited for her first day at a new school. Glimmering pencil case? Check! Shimmering backpack? Check! Glittery ribbons in her hair? Check! But her first day doesn’t go quite as planned: Her new classmates don’t like her disco-ball shoes, her PB&J-with-sprinkles sandwich, or her rainbow-y unicorn painting. Ella decides to try to be less sparkly at school the next day so the other kids won’t make fun of her.…

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
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Virtual Pachanga: The Middle-Grade Fantasy Edition

In Chantel Acevedo’s Muse Squad #2: The Mystery of the Tenth, Callie is finally getting the hang of being one of the nine muses of Greek mythology, when she gets news of an unprecedented tenth. In Donna Barba Higuera’s The Last Cuentista, Petra wakes on a new planet, the only person who remembers the Earth, which was destroyed by a comet centuries ago. Malicious spirits, witchy grandmothers, and curse reversals are just the job for Claribel A.

Sunday, November 21 @ 12:00 pm
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Young Trailblazers: The Book of Black Inventors and Scientists

Get ready for a fun presentation that will help your kids learn about science and history in an engaging, exciting way! Writer M.J. Fievre, illustrator Kim Balacuit, and host Thomas B. Logan will take your child on an adventure, traveling through time to meet some of the historical Black trailblazers who have impacted the world through their actions and inventions. You probably already know some of these Black scientists and Black inventors – such as George Washington Carver and Madam C.J.…

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Past Events

November 2021

Monday, November 15 @ 12:00 pm
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In Conversation: On Pinkie Promises

Polly, the protagonist of Senator Elizabeth Warren and illustrator Charlene Chua’s Pinkie Promises, knows she’s strong and capable. But whenever she offers to help her uncle or brother or neighbor, they tell her: “That’s not what girls do.” Then Polly goes to a rally to meet a woman running for president, and they make a pinkie promise to remember all the things that girls do.…

Sunday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm
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Mystery, Magic & Mayhem: Three Graphic Novel Adventures

Barb the Last Berzerker must free her fellow warriors and stop Witch Head from taking over Bailiwick in this side-splitting graphic novel by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson. In Nidhi Chanani’s Jukebox, Shaheen and her cousin are transported through decades of music history to search for her missing father. And John Patrick Green’s sewer-loving secret agents are back to solve the mystery of giant bugs in InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S.…

Sunday, November 14 @ 12:00 pm
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Storytime: Dogs at Work: Good Dogs. Real Jobs.

Have you ever wondered what dogs do all day when their people leave for school or their jobs? What if they went to work, too? Margaret Cardillo’s Dogs at Work: Good Dogs. Real Jobs. is a clever picture book that describes all the real jobs that dogs do. From a therapy dog to a mayor dog and even a lobster-diving dog, the possibilities will surprise you! But, of course, there is one job that dogs love more than any other: being a best friend.…

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