Tweens Read 2012

Lots of great events this week, including the magnificent spectacle that is the Tweens Read Book Festival! Last year the panel sessions were great, an I expect they will be just as good this year.

And what an amazing line-up this year! Heather Brewer, leader of the minion horde and author of the The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series and The Slayer Chronicles, will be giving the keynote address. Also appearing will be Lynne Kelly, Greg Leitich Smith, Stefan Bachmann, W.H. Beck, Shana Burg, Tommy Greenwald, Deron R. Hicks, Amy Ignatow, Claire Legrand, Diana Lopez, Shannon Messenger, E.J. Patten, Trent Reedy, Geoff Rodkey, Dave Roman, Rachel Renee Russell, Augusta Scattergood, and  Lisa Schroeder. Whew!

This awesome festival, aimed at students in grades 5-8, will be held October 20 at Bobby Shaw Middle School, 1201 Houston Avenue, Pasadena, TX  77502. for detailed information, please go to the Tweens Read website.

For other events, we have:

October 16, Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.
Blue Willow Bookshop
Neal Schusterman, YA Author

Neal Shusterman, award-winning author of YA novels including UNWIND; THE SKINJACKER TRILOGY; and DOWNSIDERS, will discuss and sign his new book for young adults UNWHOLLY, a riveting companion to the popular UNWIND. The book: Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

For important information about this event, please see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events page.

The SeasonOctober 16, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
Katy Budget Books
Tea with the Authors

Bestselling YA author Sarah Maclean and adult book author Kerrelyn Sparks join Katy Budget Books over tea for an intimate gathering to discuss life as an author and their upcoming projects.

Sarah Maclean, author of the YA romance, THE SEASON, is also a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of adult romance. Kerrelyn Sparks is the author of the Love at Stake adult paranormal romance series, of which each book was a USAToday bestseller. She lives in the Greater Houston area with her husband, children, and a house full of garlic.

BYOC!  Bring your own teacup for the authors to sign.
RSVP on facebook

Born At MidnightWednesday, Oct. 17, 5:00 PM
Montgomery County South Regional Library
C.C. Hunter, YA Author

Meet author C.C. Hunter at the next Teen Book Club meeting! Be sure to read the book BORN AT MIDNIGHT before the book club meeting. Open to all teens 13-17. Call 936-442-7727 x6365 to sign up! Sponsored by South Montgomery County Friends of the Library.

Oct. 20, Saturday, 12:00 p.m.
Blue Willow Bookshop
Melanie Chrismer

Chachalaca ChaquitaJoin Melanie Chrismer as she launches her new picture book, CHACHALACA CHIQUITA. In a Southwestern spin on the Chicken Little tale, Chachalaca Chiquita, a colorful southwestern bird, is on a mission to tell the jefe (boss) that the sky is falling after  a pebble falls from the sky and hits her right on the head. Chachalaca Chiquita joins the feathered flock-Lina Gallina, the prairie hen, and her chicks-and heads to the mountain, passing bugs buzzing, birds flying, lizards snatching, and animals moseying, collecting more animals along their journey. Their adventure takes a turn when they meet sly Tacito Ocelote and they learn that he is the jefe—the one who started it all and has been expecting the odd flock for dinner.

For important information about this event, please see Blue Willow Bookshop’s Events page.

Standing GroundSaturday October 20, 2:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Town & Country Village
Graig Steven Mullenix, YA Author, Educator Event

Graig Steven Mullenix, a local principal, will sign his teen book STANDING GROUND. Every choice has a consequence. Clarisa, a good kid from a poor neighborhood, works hard to keep up her grades while juggling responsibilities like caring for her baby brother and trying to keep her younger sister, Maribel, out of trouble. Keeping her boyfriend, Israel, a Gansta, out of trouble is a lot tougher. When the three walk to school one day, they encounter another gang. A blade is drawn, setting in motion events that lead to Clarisa getting detention. Clarisa makes a bold choice—she will skip school to avoid detention and hang out with Israel instead. But every adult seems to know what Clarisa is doing, and the other gang isn’t finished with them yet… Every choice makes a difference.

Danger Goes BerserkOctober 22, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Murder By The Book
Mac Barnett MG Author

Mac Barnett will sign and discuss DANGER GOES BERSERK, in which a  twelve-year-old sleuth goes undercover—and underwater—to tackle three cases in this hilarious mystery.

It’s a routine case…
…or at least as routine as a cases get when you’re a twelve-year-old private detective who’s been sleuthing for just a few months: Steve Brixton must don a neon wetsuit and work undercover to retrieve a stolen surfboard.
But when the assignment goes all wrong, Steve finds himself caught inside mysteries involving wild surfers, pirate smugglers, thick-necked goons, and a sixth-grader who can’t find his gym shorts.

Besides the Brixton Brother series, Mac Barnett is the author of  several picture books, including Guess Again! and Chloe and the Lion (both illustrated by Adam Rex), and the NYT bestseller Extra Yarn.

I hope to see many of you at Tweens Read. If you’ve got tweens, bring  ’em!

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