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Jason Reynolds (in conversation with Kiese Laymon) with LOOK BOTH WAYS at The Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 5:00pm

**This event has moved to the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library in The Dorothy Fitts Auditorium due to inclement weather**

From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all they different directions a walk home can take.

This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—

Talking about boogers.
Stealing pocket change.
Skateboarding.
Wiping out.
Braving up.
Executing complicated handshakes.
Planning an escape.
Making jokes.
Lotioning up.
Finding comfort.
But mostly, too busy walking home.

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

About the Author
Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. The American Booksellers Association’s 2017 and 2018 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black SuitAll American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (GhostPatinaSunny, and Lu), and Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Event address: 
Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library
Oxford, MS 38655
Books: 
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

Brittney Morris with SLAY

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther–inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for Black gamers.

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

About the Author
Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY. She holds a BA in economics from Boston University because back then, she wanted to be a financial analyst. (She’s now thankful that didn’t happen). She spends her spare time reading, playing indie video games, and enjoying the rain from her house in Philadelphia. She lives with her husband Steven who would rather enjoy the rain from a campsite in the woods because he hasn’t played enough horror games.

Event address: 
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
Books: 
SLAY Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

Jimmy Cajoleas with MINOR PROPHETS

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

After their mother’s death, two siblings must navigate the strange world of the occult in this thrilling YA mystery 
 
Lee has always seen visions: cats that his mother promises aren’t really there, a homeless man who he’s convinced is out to get him, and three men who give him ominous warnings in the woods. His mother and his sister Murphy try to keep him grounded in the real world. But when his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and Murphy flee to their grandmother’s ranch, which they’ve only heard about in stories. But is there a reason why their mother never brought them there? And what horrid truths lurk behind Lee’s haunting visions? Thrilling, twisty, and poignant, Minor Prophets will keep readers guessing until the final page.

About the Author
Jimmy Cajoleas grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He spent years traveling the country and playing music before earning his MFA from the University of Mississippi. His debut YA novel, The Good Demon, received three starred reviews, from BooklistPublishers Weekly, and Kirkus, who called it “eerie and compelling.” He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Event address: 
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
Books: 
Minor Prophets Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419739040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books - September 10th, 2019

David Yoon (in conversation with Afton Thomas) with FRANKLY IN LOVE

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

Frank Li has two names. There's Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl--which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit . . . who is white.

As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he's forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don't leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he's found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he's left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love—or himself—at all.

In this moving novel, debut author David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable.


About the Author
David Yoon grew up in Orange County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their daughter. He drew the illustrations for Nicola's #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, EverythingFrankly in Love is his first novel. You can visit him at davidyoon.com.

Event address: 
Off Square Books
129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
Books: 
Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Square Books 40th Anniversary Storytime

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Join us for a very special storytime on Saturday, September 14th at 10 am as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Square Books. Featuring Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat, and a singalong with Ms. Jill and her guitar, we will be reading Curious George Goes to the Bookstore.

Event address: 
Square Books, Jr.
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Books: 
Curious George Goes To A Bookstore Cover Image
$4.99
ISBN: 9780544932043
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 14th, 2017

David Shannon with MR. NOGGINBODY GETS A HAMMER

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 3:30pm

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

After snagging his toe, Mr. Nogginbody makes a visit to his local hardware store in search of solutions. Armed with a shiny new hammer, he successfully fixes the nail protruding from his floor. But the satisfaction of his first repair carries him away, and he figures that anything resembling a nail--from a lamp switch to a fire hydrant--can be fixed with a good whack. The results are predictably and theatrically disastrous, until Mr. Nogginbody arrives at a gentle awakening and recognizes that not everything is a nail.

About the Author
David Shannon is the creator of the Caldecott Honor- winning No, David! and more than thirty other books beloved by children who "recognize immediately that they have found a kindred spirit" (New York Times). He lives in Los Angeles.

Event address: 
Square Books, Jr.
111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Books: 
Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324003441
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

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