LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY READERS: Kate Messner, Mary G. Thompson, Valerie Martin & Amy Herrick
This event will be held at Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY.
The League of Extraordinary Readers is a monthly author event series for kids ages 8-12 (and those who are kids at heart). Come to the bookstore to meet your favorite children's book authors, with giveaways, snacks and fun at every event!
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KATE MESSNER is the award-winning author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books for young readers, including The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., Sugar and Ice, Eye of the Storm, Capture the Flag, the Marty McGuire chapter book series. In her latest Middle Grade novel WAKE UP MISSING (Bloomsbury) we meet Quentin, a middle school football star from Chicago, Sarah, an Upstate New York girls' hockey team stand-out, Ben, a horse lover from the Pacific Northwest, and Cat, an artistic bird watcher from California. The four have nothing in common except for the head injuries that land them in an elite brain-science center in the Florida Everglades. It's known as the best in the world, but as days pass, the kids begin to suspect that they are subjects in an experiment that goes far beyond treating concussions....and threatens their very identities. They'll have to overcome their injuries - and their differences - to escape, or risk losing themselves forever. Kate
lives on Lake Champlain with her husband and two kids. When she’s not
reading or writing, she loves hiking, kayaking, biking, and watching
thunderstorms over the lake. Follow Kate on Twitter @KateMessner
MARY G. THOMPSON is the author of WUFTOOM and her latest middle grade novel ESCAPE FROM THE PIPE MEN! (Clarion Books). In the book thirteen-year-old Ryan Hawthorn has spent his life on display as a human exhibit in the multi-eyed Pipe Men’s intergalactic zoo. When his father is accidentally poisoned, it’s up to Ryan and his seven-year-old sister, Becky, to scour the universe for the antidote. Mary was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, OR. She was a practicing attorney for more than 7 years, including almost 5 years in the U.S. Navy, before moving to New York to write full time. She received her BA from Boston University, her JD from the University of Oregon, and her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.
Orange Prize-winner VALERIE MARTIN is the author of nine acclaimed adult novels, including Property, Mary Reilly and The Confessions of Edward Day. ANTON & CECIL: CATS AT SEA is a swashbuckling story of two very different cat brothers and their adventures. Cecil and Anton are as different in personality as they are in looks. Cecil, stocky and black with white patches, thirsts for seafaring adventure as he roams the docks of his harborside home, taking day trips on fishing boats when the chance comes along. Slim, gray Anton prefers listening to the sailors’ shanties at the town saloon, venturing to port only for the day’s catch. But one day when Anton goes to port, he’s taken to be a ratter on a ship bound for the high seas. Knowing little of the wide open ocean that lies beyond the harbor, Cecil boards another ship in hopes of finding Anton. But what begins as a rescue mission turns into a pair of high-seas adventures, with thrills and danger bubbling under every wave. Valerie Martin and co-author Lisa Martin present a colorful cast of characters, rich historical detail, and lyrical storytelling that will delight fans of such classic animal adventures as The Wind in the Willows, Stuart Little, and Poppy.
AMY HERRICK remembers being embarrassingly skinny and tall. In addition, when she was with strangers, she was burningly shy. Being at home or with friends was much easier for her. Then she was talkative and even bossy. She used her vivid imagination to frighten her pals with ghost stories and tales of the dragons who lived down in the laundry room. It was when she was around eight years old that she discovered writing. This was a magical discovery. A pen, a piece of paper, and pulling whole stories and worlds into being, like a magician pulling a rabbit out of an empty hat! In her latest novel Time Fetch Edward picks up what he thinks is a rock. He doesn’t know it is a sleeping Time Fetch—and touching it will release its foragers too soon and alter the entire fabric of time and space. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it has begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel.