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Virtual Event: Alan Gratz with GROUND ZERO

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:00am

Join us on Crowdcast on February 9th at 10:00 am CST for a livestream conversation with Alan Gratz to celebrate his new book, Ground Zero. You must register to attend this event by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

In time for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, master storyteller Alan Gratz (Refugee) delivers a pulse-pounding and unforgettable take on history and hope, revenge and fear—and the stunning links between the past and present.

September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive—and escape?

September 11, 2019, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz—and put herself and her family in mortal danger?

Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.

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About the Author:

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including AlliesGrenadeRefugee, Projekt 1065Prisoner B-3087, and Code of Honor. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at alangratz.com.

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ISBN: 9781338245752
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Karen McManus in conversation with Kim Johnson for The Cousins

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join us on Zoom on December 2nd at 5:00 pm CST for an evening with Karen McManus and Kim Johnson (This is My America) to celebrate Karen's new book, The Cousins. You must register to attend this event by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over--and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

About the Author: 
Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, One of Us Is Next, and The Cousins. Her work has been published in more than 40 languages. To learn more about Karen and her books, visit karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter and Instagram.

About the Host:
KIM JOHNSON held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen. She's now a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. This Is My America is her debut novel. It explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Maryland, College Park. Kim lives her best life in Oregon with her husband and two kids. Find her at KCJOHNSONWRITES.COM and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kcjohnsonwrites.



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ISBN: 9780525708001
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Published: Delacorte Press - December 1st, 2020

Ashley Poston in conversation with Kaitlyn Sage Patterson for AMONG THE BEASTS AND BRIARS

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join young adult authors Ashley Poston and Kaitlyn Sage Patterson (The Diminished) on Zoom on Tuesday, October 27th at 5:00 pm CST as they talk about Ashley's new book, Among the Beasts and Briars. Register to attend by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden.

Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions a small and irritating fox from the royal garden and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home.

But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

About the Author:

Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies. When not lost in a book, she’s lost in real life, searching for her next great adventure. She is the author of Heart of Iron and its sequel, Soul of Stars, as well as Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl. She can be found online at www.ashposton.com.

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ISBN: 9780062847362
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020

Beyond the Ruby Veil Launch with Mara Fitzgerald and Nina Varela

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join us as we launch Mara Fitzgerald's debut novel Beyond the Ruby Veil on Tuesday, October 13th at 5:00 pm CST on Zoom. Mara will be appearing in conversation with Nina Varela (Crier's War). You must register to attend this event by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

A dark, queer YA fantasy that's perfect for fans of the Three Dark Crowns series and Wicked Saints. After Emanuela Ragno kills the one person in Occhia who can create water, she must find a way to save her city from dying of thirst.

Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she's about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn't care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn't want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she'll have it all.

But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She's kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years.

When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back . . . and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea's magic and find a way to save their people -- no matter what it takes.

About the Author: 
Mara Fitzgerald writes YA fantasy about unlikable female characters who ruin everything. She is a biologist by day and spends entirely too much time looking at insects under a microscope. She was born near Disney World and now lives near Graceland, which is almost as good. Beyond the Ruby Veil is her debut novel.

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ISBN: 9781368052139
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 13th, 2020

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ISBN: 9780062823953
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Published: Quill Tree Books - August 11th, 2020

Virtual Storytime with Jill Twiss for EVERYONE GETS A SAY

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:00am

Join us on Facebook Live @SquareBooksJr at 10:00 am CST on Saturday, October 3rd as Jill Twiss reads her new book, Everyone Gets a Say.

Don't miss this picture book about voting, just in time for the 2020 election season, from the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and The Someone New

Pudding the snail and his friends can’t seem to agree on anything. Whatever Jitterbug the chipmunk wants, Geezer the goose does not. Whatever Toast the butterfly wants, Duffles and Nudge the otters are absolutely against. And if somehow Toast and Duffles and Jitterbug and Nudge all agree on something, then Geezer is not having it.

So when Toast suggests they need a leader, the friends try to figure out the best way to pick someone to be in charge. Should that someone be the fastest? The fluffiest? The squishiest? Or can Pudding show his friends that there just might be a way where everyone gets a say?

In this follow-up to The Someone New, Jill Twiss and EG Keller cleverly underscore the importance of speaking up and using your voice.

About the Author:
Jill Twiss
 is the author of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a New York Times #1 bestseller. She is also a comedy writer who has won multiple Emmys, WGA Awards, and Peabody Awards for her work as a staff writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. In her not-so-spare time, Jill writes sentences for the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN and is working on a musical about the women of the Seneca Falls Convention.


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By Jill Twiss, EG Keller (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062933751
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Published: HarperCollins - August 25th, 2020

Crossroads Book Group: The Only Black Girls in Town

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 3:00pm

This is a special meeting of the Crossroads Book Group open for everyone but parents and educators are highly encouraged to attend. The Crossroads Book Group is a Square Books-sponsored book discussion activity taking place monthly. Each session will feature a title selected by guest hosts. They will talk about it for 15 minutes, then open the floor for questions and discussion. Any Square Books Constant Reader may participate. This activity is an outgrowth of the broad concerns that emerged as a result of, among other things, the murder of George Floyd, and books selected for discussion will be to  relevant to these concerns.  

This meeting will be via Zoom on Saturday, September 26th at 3:00 pm CST. You must RSVP to attend the event by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

The hosts  are Afton Thomas, LaToya Faulk, and Hanna Lee, who will be discussing The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert. This title will be 15% off with the coupon code CROSSROADS.

About the Hosts:

Afton Thomas and her family moved to Oxford, Mississippi from Columbia, Missouri in the summer of 2012. She is the associate director for programs at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Afton is committed to the LOU community and currently serving on the boards of Move On Up Mississippi, Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, and Friends of the Museum, as well a steering committee member with Leadership Lafayette. She has an eight year-old daughter, a five year-old son, her husband, and Mavis the family’s new puppy to keep her busy.

LaToya Faulk has a B.A. in English Literature and a M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University. She is currently a fiction M.F.A student at The University of Mississippi where she also teaches in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. 

Hanna Lee is the Youth Services Coordinator at First Regional Library, which serves the local community via the Lafayette County Oxford Public Library. She is passionate about library services and diverse books for young people, and she is a member of the 2021 Caldecott Committee. Hanna, and all of the staff at the library, are thrilled to help to provide suggestions for further reading for children and teens—or their adults—who are looking to explore race, identity, and other topics, and she encourages readers to borrow, read, and buy more books written by diverse authors.

About the book:
Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert's debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.

Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta's best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can't understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.

Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.

When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie's attic, they team up to figure out exactly who's behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.

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ISBN: 9780316456388
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020