Jasper Fforde will be at Square Books, JR. at 4:00 p.m. and at Off Square Books for Thacker Mountain Radio at 6:00 p.m.
Although she's an orphan in
indentured servitude, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange is pretty good
at her job of managing the unpredictable crew at Kazam Mystical Arts
Management. She already solved the Dragon Problem, avoided mass
destruction by Quarkbeast, and helped save magic in the Ununited
Kingdoms. Yet even Jennifer may be defeated when the long-absent Mighty
Shandar makes an astonishing appearance and commands her to find the Eye
of Zoltar--proclaiming that if she fails, he will eliminate the only
two dragons left on earth. How can a teenage non-magician
outdo the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known? But failure is
unacceptable, so Jennifer must set off for the mysterious Cadir Idris in
the deadly Cambrian Empire--a destination with a fatality index of
fifty percent. With the odds against them, will Jennifer and her
traveling companions ever return to the Kingdom of Snodd?
Jasper Fforde is the critically acclaimed author of Shades of Grey, the Thursday Next series and the Nursery Crime series. After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales and has a passion for aviation.
Splash into River Royals: Master
the Mississippi with Eliza Jane and Henry as they take a wild ride down
the Mississippi River in hopes of being crowned King and Queen of the
New Orleans Mardi Gras. Filled with local culture, geography and history
of the Mississippi River Basin, this imaginative journey takes children
through ten states where they meet colorful new friends who also want
crowns. The travelers soon discover that in these great states, you
don't need a crown to shine. The strength of the United States lies in
the hearts and dreams of its people. Citizens "from Lake Itasca to
shining sea" work together to make America shine. With the charm of
Eloise and the audacity of Huckleberry Finn, River Royals: Master the
Mississippi "enchants and educates children ages five to eight as it
introduces the vibrant communities along America's largest river system.
Join this happy caravan as they explore the Mighty Mississippi and
discover the wonders of America at every bend in the river.
After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Journalism and Minor in English, Katie enjoyed a career in pharmaceutical sales. She now uses her energy and passion for writing as a children's book author. Her desire to celebrate America from "rivers to shining seas" combined with her family's history of military service inspire her love of this country as reflected in the series. Katie, her husband and three daughters live in Houston.
Eudora Alice Welty led an exciting
and surprising life. Before she won a Pulitzer Prize, as a little girl
she made her own books and won national poetry prizes. As a young woman
during the Great Depression, she was a photographer and took pictures
all over the South. These and other stories pack the life of one of
Mississippi's most famous authors. With author and teacher Richelle
Putnam, learn about the remarkable life of one of Mississippi's literary
treasures, complete with vivid illustrations by John Aycock that are as
colorful as Eudora's stories.
About the Author
Richelle Putnam is a Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) Roster Artist/Teaching Artist and a Mississippi Humanities Speaker. She is the Special Features Director for Southern Writers Magazine and a former editor for MuseItUp Publishing, a Canadian ebook publisher and LEGENDS, The Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Review. She is a regular contributor to Portico, Well-Being Magazine, Parents & Kids Magazine, and a staff writer for Town and Gown Magazine. A Founder and Past President of Mississippi Writers Guild, a statewide non-profit organization, she also serves on several statewide boards, including Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center. With diplomas from The Institute of Children’s Literature, Open College for the Arts Advanced Writing Program, and other accredited writing institutions, she teaches Creative Writing at Meridian Community College and through libraries, schools and online. Her writing awards include Writers Digest and Writers Journal and she has been published in Common Ties, Mississippi Weddings Magazine, The Copperfield Review, Birmingham Arts Journal and two bestselling series: A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Daughters and A Cup of Comfort for Christmas Prayer and A Cup of Comfort Twelve Days of Christmas. Her work was also chosen for The Copperfield Review’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Anthology. History Press commissioned her to write Lauderdale County, Mississippi; a Brief History, which was released in November 2011. Her book Legendary Locals of Meridian, co-authored with June Davidson, was released 2013. Her middle-grade biography, The Inspiring life of Eudora Welty, published by The History Press, will be released April 2014.
Cut Back on All the Gear and Boost Your Baby's Development with More Than 100 Time-Tested Activities
Bouncers, carriers, electronic toys, and educational videos are intended to make our children smarter, but the concern today is about overuse. Retro Baby: Cut Back on Infant Gear, Media and Smart Toys, and Boost Your Baby's Development with Time-Tested Activities helps caregivers understand the importance of one-on-one playtime, and provides over 100 enjoyable interactive ideas to explore with your child.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale comes STORM—the exhilarating, action-packed sequel to SYLO:
"A relentlessly fast-paced, intriguing, expertly-written tale that leaves you breathless and satisfied, yet wanting more. Highly recommended." --James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
"Absolutely un-put-downable, more exciting than an X-box and roller coaster combined."—Kirkus, starred review
"If you're a fan of The Maze Runner and Alex Rider, you might want to pick up SYLO... A fast-paced read and a huge cliffhanger." --EW.com
"With this extremely high-octane story that's the equivalent to a summer movie blockbuster, MacHale kicks off an apocalyptic trilogy sure to leave readers demanding the next installment."—Booklist
"This action-filled, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it adventure... should leave teen readers clamoring for the next installment." --VOYA
"An entertaining and creepy tale."—Publishers Weekly
"MacHale pens some terrific and unique action scenes... will leave readers hungry for the next installment." --School Library Journal
About the Author
D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the whimsical picture book The Monster Princess. He has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.