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YA Virtual Event: Erin Craig in conversation with Elizabeth Lim & Victoria Lee for SMALL FAVORS

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 6:00pm

All Hallows Reading

 

Join YA "Sisters Grimm" Erin A. CraigElizabeth Lim, and Victoria Lee for a spooky panel celebrating Erin's latest novel Small Favorsa mesmerizing and chilling fairy-talesque novel about Ellerie Downing, a young woman in a small town with monsters lurking in the trees and dark desires hidden in the shadows.

This event is free to attend but registration is required. Click here to RSVP. 

Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.

Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls.

Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it's clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they're offering to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from going up in flames.
 


About the Author

Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Michigan, she stage-managed tragic operas filled with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky. An avid reader, an embroidery enthusiast, a rabid basketball fan, and a collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in West Michigan with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, House of Salt and Sorrows, has sold over 100,000 copies since it burst onto the scene in 2019.

About the Hosts

Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent her childhood writing ghost stories and fantasizing about attending boarding school. She has a Ph.D. in psychology, which she uses to overanalyze fictional characters and also herself. Lee is the author of A Lesson in Vengeance as well as The Fever King and its sequel, The Electric Heir. She lives in New York City with her partner, cat, and malevolent dog. Visit her online at victorialeewrites.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @sosaidvictoria.

Elizabeth Lim grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was raised on a hearty diet of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Before becoming an author, Elizabeth was a professional film and video game composer, and she still tends to come up with her best book ideas when writing near a piano. An alumna of Harvard College and the Juilliard School, she now lives in New York City with her husband and her daughter. Spin the Dawn (book 1 in the Blood of Stars duology) was her first original novel, and Unravel the Dusk is her second. She is also a contributor to the New York Times Bestselling "A Twisted Tale..." series. Visit her at elizabethlim.com Follow her on Twitter at @LizLim Follow her on Instagram at @elimpix


Praise for...

A POPSUGAR Best Book of July Pick!

★"[A] gloriously dark fairy tale...Erin A. Craig has conjured a spellbinding tale of magic and horror."—Shelf Awareness, starred review

“If you’re looking for a book to give you goosebumps as you read, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!”—The Nerd Daily

"A chilling tale about what lurks in the shadows of the people you think you know."—TOR

Small Favors by Erin A. Craig will give you chills no matter how hot it is outside."—Popsugar

"An engrossing combination of the supernatural and human psychology."—Kirkus

"Small Favors is as much about humanity as it is about horror. Perfect for readers who love mysteries and the macabre."—BookPage

"Fans of Brenna Yovanoff and Erin Bowman will enjoy this lushly built, ominous rural America."PW

"Craig twists a slow-burn fairy tale around classic horror tropes that ultimately land on satisfying beats."—SLJ

Praise for HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS:

Hauntingatmospheric, and immersive.”--Bustle

“Nothing short of both haunting and mesmerizing. . .a perfect step into escapism and away from real life.”--Hypable

"It’s a fairy tale, a young-adult romance (though gothic enough for adult readers) and a whodunit too."--The Wall Street Journal

"Chilling and atmospheric."--Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds

"Evocative details and lyrical, moody prose  . . . a richly conceived story that blends mythic and Gothic storytelling."--PW

"The novel’s vivid, evocative atmosphere will please fans of the gothic . . . chills aplenty."--The Bulletin

"Equal parts gothic fairy tale and romance . . . compulsively readable."—SLJ

"This moody maritime retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses blends elements of suspense and horror for a gothic twist on a familiar tale. A memorably built world populated with a hauntingly doomed family."--Booklist

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ISBN: 9780593306741
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 27th, 2021

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STORYTIME TAKEOVER: Robin Preiss Glasser for Grand Jeté and Me

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 11:00am

Fancy Nancy fans, rejoice!  Square Books Jr. is pleased to welcome illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser for a special storytime takeover celebrating the release of Grand Jeté and Me

Tune in Wednesday, October 20th at 11: 00 am CT on Facebook Live

Signed bookplate available with purchase.

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This Christmas, join a young girl and her grandmother as they embark on a holiday adventure to see The Nutcracker together! Her grandmother, known as Grand Jeté, was once a prima ballerina and danced in The Nutcracker herself, and now she’s sharing the magic of this special ballet. Former prima ballerina Allegra Kent and bestselling Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser collaborate to create an inspiring and festive tale for the littlest dancers and Nutcracker fans everywhere.

"The detailed illustrations, featuring the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker costumes and sets, are joyous and bubbly."  — Kirkus Reviews

Grand Jeté is an expert on everything elegant and makes sure to always model the proper etiquette of a poised ballerina. Her granddaughter wants to be just like her one day.

Take a bow!

Straight spine.

Look your best.

And always carry flowers!

Follow the pair as they embark on an unforgettable trip to their favorite theater to see The Nutcracker—sharing the spirit of ballet wherever they go.


Robin Preiss Glasser actually wore tiaras and tutus when she danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Now she happily spends her days in jeans, drawing. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She won the Children’s Choice Award for Best Illustrator of the Year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Robin and her family live in Southern California.

 

 

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ISBN: 9780062392022
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Published: HarperCollins - October 19th, 2021

BONUS STORYTIME TAKEOVER: John Patrick Green & Dave Roman for InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:30pm

Square Books Jr. is pleased to welcome John Patrick Green in conversation with Dave Roman for a special BONUS storytime takeover and drawing demo celebrating the release of InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S., the latest chapter in the hilarious sewer-loving secret agent adventure series.

Tune in Tuesday, September 28th at 12:30 pm CT on Facebook Live

Will InvestiGators Mango and RoboBrash be able to solve this latest mystery in the hilarious adventure series perfect for fans of Dog Man?!

With agent Brash trapped in a mysterious coma, the technicians at S.U.I.T. have designed the ultimate replacement: RoboBrash! This high-tech replica has been programmed with all of the original Brash’s crime-fighting skills and knowhow—but it seems he’s got a few bugs in his system! Will Mango and his new partner be enough to stop the giant ants that are on a rampage in the city? Orchestrated by the spaced-out villain, Maestronaut, and Houdino, the dinosaur escape artist, it seems criminals are certainly upping the ANT-y!


About the Author

John Patrick Green is a human with the human job of making books about animals with human jobs, such as HippopotamisterKitten Construction Company, and the New York Times bestselling InvestiGators. John is definitely not just a bunch of animals wearing a human suit pretending to have a human job. He is also the artist and co-creator of the graphic novel series Teen Boat!, with writer Dave Roman. John lives in Brooklyn in an apartment that doesn't allow animals other than the ones living in his head.

About the Host

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis (with John Patrick Green) and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror, Nursery Rhyme Comics and the Flight series. Roman teaches at the School of Visual Arts, is a former editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, and is currently the editor for First Second’s Science Comics and History Comics ongoing series of nonfiction graphic novels. He lives in NYC and draws a webcomic called Starbunny, Inc. You can find him online at yaytime.com and @yatime

 

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ISBN: 9781250220059
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Published: First Second - September 28th, 2021

YA Virtual Event: Kendare Blake in conversation with Marissa Meyer for ALL THESE BODIES

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 5:30pm

Pub Day Event · Square Books is thrilled to partner with the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library to celebrate the publication of Kendare Blake's All These Bodies. Join us on Zoom for a conversation between YA authors, Kendare Blake and Marissa Meyer

This is event is free to attend but registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation. In this edge-of-your-seat mystery the truth is as hard to believe as it is to find.

Summer 1958. A gruesome killer plagues the Midwest, leaving behind a trail of bodies completely drained of blood. 

Michael Jensen, an aspiring journalist whose father happens to be the town sheriff, never imagined that the Bloodless Murders would come to his backyard. Not until the night the Carlson family was found murdered in their home. Marie Catherine Hale, a diminutive fifteen-year-old, was discovered at the scene—covered in blood. She is the sole suspect in custody.

Michael didn’t think that he would be part of the investigation, but he is pulled in when Marie decides that he is the only one she will confess to. As Marie recounts her version of the story, it falls to Michael to find the truth: What really happened the night that the Carlsons were killed? And how did one girl wind up in the middle of all these bodies?


About the Author

Kendare Blake is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series. She holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is also the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of NightmaresAntigoddessMortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington. Visit her online at www.kendareblake.com.

About the Host

Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, the New York Times-bestselling Renegades trilogy, as well as the graphic novel Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1 and 2, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first stand alone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.

 

Praise for...

"Fantastically disturbing and expertly eerie."
— Stephanie Garber, #1 bestselling author of the Caraval series

“A chilling psychological thriller that effectively pulls from true crimes, folklore, and urban legends.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“An insightful look at our morbid curiosity about murderers.”
— Kirkus Reviews

"Through an assured voice and a vividly wrought small-town atmosphere, Blake swiftly draws readers into this tense historical thriller inspired by a real-life murder spree."
— Publishers Weekly

“Reads like true crime. A chilling descent into the human psyche.”
— Booklist

“Timid, polite Michael and bold, headstrong Marie carry the story forward on their own.”
— School Library Journal

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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 21st, 2021

BONUS STORYTIME TAKEOVER: Susan Verde for I AM COURAGE

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 10:00am

FRI-YAY! Miss Jill and Square Books Jr. are pleased to welcome Susan Verde for a bonus special storytime takeover in celebration of her her picture book I Am Courage: A Book of Resilience 

Tune in Friday, September 10th at 10:00 am CT on Facebook Live

I move ahead one breath at a time.
I act with bravery.
I am courage.

 

When we picture someone brave, we might think they’re fearless but real courage comes from feeling scared and facing what challenges us anyway. When our minds tell us “I can’t,” we can look inside ourselves and find the strength to say, “Yes, I CAN!”

From the New York Times bestselling team behind the I Am series comes a triumphant celebration of everyday courage: believing in ourselves, speaking out, trying new things, asking for help, and getting back up no matter how many times we may fall. Grounded in mindfulness and awareness, I Am Courage is an empowering reminder that we can conquer anything.
Inside, you'll also find exercises to inspire confidence.

"A vivid array of vibrant backgrounds evoke the range of moods experienced by the children, who themselves are drawn as distinct individuals with expressive faces. . .For young readers who need help believing in themselves and for those with friends who do the same." 
— Kirkus Reviews


About the Author

Susan Verde is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture books I Am Human and I Am Love, as well as I Am YogaI Am Peace, I Am OneThe MuseumYou and MeMy Kicks, and Rock ’n’ Roll Soul. In addition to writing books, she is a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor for kids of all ages. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her three children, a cat, a dog, and a tarantula.
 

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ISBN: 9781419746468
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2021

STORYTIME TAKEOVER: Dan Yaccarino for THE LONGEST STORM

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 10:00am

Miss Jill and Square Books Jr. are pleased to welcome author-illustrator Don Yaccarino for a special storytime takeover celebrating his picture book The Longest Storm  a heartwarming family story that will resonate for everyone who's experienced the Covid-19 quarantine -- or other kinds of hardship and loss.

Tune in Wednesday, September 8th at 10:00 am CT on Facebook Live. **scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to access the worksheets for the drawing activity Don will be presenting.

This classic in the making will lift hearts with its optimistic vision of a family figuring out how to love and support one another -- even when their everyday world is shrunk beyond recognition.

★"At once timely and timeless...." -- School Library Journal, STARRED

★A new classic. -- Booklist, STARRED

 

★Splendid.... ....Resonant and reassuring." -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
 

★An emotionally nuanced, authentic picture book that simultaneously hints at and avoids mention of recent events. Conveying instantly recognizable sadness and stresses, it clearly shows how connection and resilience can prevail in the face of any storm." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED


About the Author

Children the world over know Dan Yaccarino from his children's books, Parent's Choice Award-winning animated TV series Oswald (Nick Jr), Emmy-winning Willa's Wild Life (NBC and Qubo), and character designs for The Backyardigans (Nickelodeon), as well as his many illustrated toys, games, and other children's products. In addition to his own stories, Dan's bold, stylized illustrations add wit and energy to the work of such distinguished authors as Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, and Kevin Henkes. Dan's internationally recognized art style has earned him a large following in Japan, exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Bologna, and a visit to the White House. He is also a contributing children's book reviewer for the New York Times.Dan's books have been translated into many languages and have inspired animated series, toys, ebooks, children's musicals, and video adaptations. People all over the world enjoy Oswald, Dan's animated series about the wonderfully whimsical world of a lovable octopus, which Time magazine chose as one of the top 6 shows to watch on cable.Animation Magazine hails him as an American original. Dan's work has been recognized with a host of prestigious awards including the Bologna Ragazzi, The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated, ALA Notable, and the Parents Choice Award. Over 2.5 million of his books have been sold to date.

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Published: mineditionUS - August 31st, 2021

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