Children's Events

Margi Preus signs HEART OF A SAMURAI

Margi Preus has written many popular plays and picture books for
children. She teaches a children’s literature course at the College of
St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, where she writes for Colder by the
Lake Comedy Theater and also watches for whales on Lake Superior. Visit
her online at

Heart of a Samurai By Margi Preus Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419702006
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - January 1st, 2012

Lincoln Peirce signs BIG NATE ON A ROLL

Lincoln Peirce is a cartoonist-writer and the creator of the comic strip Big Nate, which appears in 200 U.S. newspapers. He lives with his family in Portland, Maine.

Big Nate is on a roll!

Nate’s a big deal in his scout troop . . . until Artur—aka Mr. Perfect—joins up. Now Nate’s stuck in second place. And Artur means business.

Will Nate take the grand prize? Or wipe out, big time?


Big Nate on a Roll By Lincoln Peirce, Lincoln Peirce (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lincoln Peirce, Lincoln Peirce (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061944383
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - August 16th, 2011

Ilsa Bick signs ASHES

Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed first YA novel, Draw the Dark, won the 2011 Westchester Fiction Award and was named a Bank Street College 2011 Best Book. Ilsa currently lives with her family and several furry creatures in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery.  One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. You can visit her online at

About the book:  An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

Theodore Boone & the Thrill of Rights (play)

This event will be held at the Lafayette County Courthouse at 6 p.m. It's free and open to the public. 

We are thrilled to be hosting "Theodore Boone & the Thrill of Rights," an interactive traveling bus tour based on John Grisham's Theodore Boone series. During the show, the audience will learn basic concepts of the American justice system while being introduced to the world and characters of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. The performance will include sound effects, interactive skits and games, and audience members will act as a jury. A poster signing will follow the show.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer By John Grisham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142417225
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 3rd, 2011

Tom Angleberger signs DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK: An Origami Yoda Book

Time for this event is 4 p.m.

Tom Angleberger’s Strange Case of Origami Yoda was hailed as “delightful” by the New York Times and called “the most original novel of the year” by the Boston Globe. Angleberger is also the author of Horton Halfpott. His website is He lives in Christianburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author-illustrator Cece Bell.

About the book: The hilarious, clever, and much-anticipated follow-up to the breakout hit, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda!

It is a dark time at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. After suffering several Origami Yoda–related humiliations, Harvey manages to get Dwight suspended from school for being a “troublemaker.” Origami Yoda pleads with Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by making a new case file—one that will show how Dwight’s presence benefits McQuarrie. With the help of their friends, Tommy and Kellen record cases such as “Origami Yoda and the Pre-eaten Wiener,” “Origami Yoda and the Exploding Pizza Bagels,” and “Origami Yoda and Wonderland: The Musical.” But Harvey and his Darth Paper puppet have a secret plan that could make Dwight’s suspension permanent . . .

With his proven knack for humorously exploring the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school, Tom Angleberger has crafted a worthy sequel to his breakout bestseller.




Darth Paper Strikes Back (Origami Yoda #2) By Tom Angleberger Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419700279
Availability: Backordered -- Email or Call for Availability
Published: Amulet Books - August 23rd, 2011

Eric Litwin & James Dean signs PETE THE CAT: Rocking in My School Shoes

This event will be held at Off Square Books at noon. 

Eric Litwin (Mr. Eric) is a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, harmonica-blowing, national-award-winning, fun and folksy type of guy. He loves to blend song and story together and is inspired by the depth and simplicity of folk songs and folktales. Eric is a popular performer, delighting thousands of children and families every year. He is also a co-founder of The Learning Groove™, a dynamic early music education company. Eric has recorded several award-winning children's music CDs. This is Eric's first picture book.

About the book: Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song . . . because it's all good.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes: A Back to School Book for Kids By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
ISBN: 9780061910241
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 26th, 2011


Otis creator and author Loren Long will be signing at Square Books, Jr. on Thursday, September 8. Time for this event is 10:30 a.m.

About the book: Otis and his farm friends are enjoying a summer's day playing their favorite game, follow-the-leader. The bull, however, has no interest in playing and stays in his pen, where he delights in intimidating the other animals.

Suddenly the day turns frightening: the birds stop chirping, the wind picks up, and the sky turns dark and stormy. It's a tornado! Otis rouses a game of follow-the-leader to get all of the farm animals safe and sound in the dried-up riverbanks of Mud Creek. But Otis hears a cry in the distance - it's the bull, still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.

This brand-new adventure is a perfect accompaniment to any Otis lover's bookshelf and story time.

Otis and the Tornado By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Loren Long, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399254772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - September 6th, 2011

Alex & Hal Malchow sign THE SWORD OF DARROW

In a magical realm filled with creatures of every possible shape and size, war is brought upon the peaceful kingdom of Sonnencrest by evil goblin King Malmut. Princess Babette, the only surviving member of the royal family, manages to escape and seeks refuge with Asterux, a powerful wizard who agrees to teach Babette magic, and who disguises her as an ugly gypsy girl to protect her from King Malmut’s thugs.

Ten years later, Babette must use the magic she has learned to help aid the kingdom’s only hope at defeating the goblins’ horrible reign: Darrow, a lame boy who can barely pick up a sword but has a great gift for inspiring others. With Babette’s unseen help, Darrow begins a journey to free his country once and for all and bring peace back to Sonnencrest.

Written by a father and his then eight- year-old son who struggled with a learning disability at the time, "The Sword of Darrow" is an enjoyable adventure that shows how even the unlikeliest of heroes can rise up against injustice.