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LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY READERS: Tara Altebrando, Kody Keplinger & Michael Beil
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!
Acclaimed author Tara Altebrando's middle-grade debut THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE features a voice that is true to the adolescent experience, where everything is felt acutely in a whirlwind of all-or-nothing emotion. It is summertime, and twelve-year-old Julia Richards cannot stand the anticipation. Everyone on Darcy Lane seems to be holding their breath waiting for the cicadas to emerge, but what Julia and her best friend, Taylor, want is some real excitement. Tara Altebrando is the author of several YA novels, including The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life and Dreamland Social Club. She is also the co-author of Roomies with Sara Zarr. Tara is a Harvard grad living in Astoria, New York, with her husband and two daughters. Image credit: Peter Lutjen
In Kody Keplinger's lyrical and moving middle-grade debut THE SWIFT BOYS & ME, eleven-year-old Nola Sutton has been best friends and neighbors with the Swift boys for practically her whole life. There's the youngest, Kevin, who never stops talking; the oldest, Brian, who's always kind and calm; and then there's Canaan, the ringleader and Nola's best-best friend. Together, they have a summer of fun adventures planned. But then everything changes overnight. Kody Keplinger was born and raised in rural western Kentucky. She always enjoyed writing and began working on “novels” when she was eleven. She wrote her first published young adult work, THE DUFF, during her senior year of high school. Since then, she has written SHUT OUT and A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE, as well as the forthcoming title GOLDFISH. Kody currently lives in New York City and writes full time.
Veteran middle-grade mystery author Michael D. Beil has crafted a hilarious and appealing adventure set in the 1930s that's chock-full of quirky characters, red herrings, and all with an irresistible cat at its center. In LANTERN SAM & THE BLUE STREAK BANDITS Lantern Sam is the wise-cracking, sarcastic, talking cat (for those who can hear him, that is) who lives onboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner train and is one of the best detectives no one knows about. He doesn't have much patience for humans (unless they bring him sardines), but when 10-year-old traveler Henry can't find his new friend, the exuberant Ellie, Sam's enlisted to help.
Michael Beil grew up in Andover, Ohio (pop. 1200), where he learned to sail, milk cows, tell the difference between hay and straw, and many other important lessons. He worked as a sailmaker and lawyer before becoming an English & Drama teacher. In addition to his books, Beil also wrote and produced Aftershocks, a play based on the challenges facing the immigrant families of some of my students. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Laura, dogs Isabel and Maggie, and cats Cyril and Emma.