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Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams with BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER and AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join celebrated authors and mother-daughter duo Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams on Instagram Live on Thursday, June 11th at 5 pm CST as they talk about their latest books. 

From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.

Sometimes, 12-year-old Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbing him "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter-skinned brother, Trey.  When he's bullied and framed by the captain of the fencing team, "King" Alan, he's suspended from school and arrested for something he didn't do.

Terrified, searching for a place where he belongs, Donte joins a local youth center and meets former Olympic fencer Arden Jones. With Arden's help, he begins training as a competitive fencer, setting his sights on taking down the fencing team captain, no matter what.  As Donte hones his fencing skills and grows closer to achieving his goal, he learns the fight for justice is far from over. Now Donte must confront his bullies, racism, and the corrupt systems of power that led to his arrest.

Powerful and emotionally gripping, Black Brother, Black Brother is a careful examination of the school-to-prison pipeline and follows one boy's fight against racism and his empowering path to finding his voice.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor, Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the New York Times-bestselling Ghost Boys. She has also written many award-winning novels for adults. When she's not writing, Jewell visits schools to talk about her books and teaches writing at Arizona State University.
 

The Handmaid's Tale meets Wilder Girls in this genre-defying novel about a girl who escapes a terrifying cult only to discover that the world Outside has succumbed to a viral apocalypse.

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek -- its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. What she doesn't know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Kelly McWilliams is a mixed-race writer who has always gravitated towards stories about crossing boundaries and forging new identities. For this and so many other reasons, young adult literature will always be close to her heart. Her novel, Agnes at the End of the World, benefitted from a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship.

She has loved crafting stories all her life, and her very first novel, Doormat, was published when she was just fifteen-years old. Kelly has also worked as a staff writer for Romper, covering issues important to women and families. She lives in Colorado with her partner and young daughter. Visit her website at KellyMcWilliamsAuthor.com.

 

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Black Brother, Black Brother By Jewell Parker Rhodes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493802
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

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Agnes at the End of the World By Kelly McWilliams Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316487337
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 9th, 2020

Patrick Ness with BURN on Instagram Live

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

**This event has moved to Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm **

Join event coordinator Sami Thomason in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Patrick Ness on Instagram Live @SquareBooksJr  to discuss his new book, Burn.

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself. 

About the Author:

Patrick Ness is the author of ten novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than ThisA Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, Release, and And The Ocean Was Our Sky. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London. www.patrickness.com

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062869494
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 2nd, 2020

Virtual Bedtime Story with Josh Funk

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 6:00pm

Join author Josh Funk for a Virtual Bedtime Story on Facebook Live with us on May 6th, 6:00 pm Eastern.

The race is ON Who will win the tastiest food fight ever?

A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest "food fight" ever Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship--until they discover that there's ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee.

About the Author

Josh Funk is a software engineer and the author of books like the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the ​It's Not a Fairy Tale series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series, Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, Albie Newton, and more. For more information about Josh Funk, visit him at www.joshfunkbooks.com and on Twitter at @joshfunkbooks.

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Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast: Volume 1 By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454914044
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Published: Union Square Kids - September 1st, 2015

The Case of the Stinky Stench: Volume 2 (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2) By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454919605
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Published: Union Square Kids - May 2nd, 2017

Mission Defrostable: Volume 3 (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #3) By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454928119
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Published: Union Square Kids - September 25th, 2018

Short & Sweet: Volume 4 (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #4) By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454934271
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Published: Union Square Kids - September 1st, 2020

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Cat in the Hat Visit and Seuss Sale

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10:00am

The Cat in the Hat will visit Square Books, Jr. at a very special storytime on Saturday, February 15th at 10 a.m. Our Dr. Seuss Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale will run Saturday, February 15th through Friday, March 20th.

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111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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The Cat in the Hat (Beginner Books(R)) By Dr. Seuss Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780394800011
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

Ashley Elston with 10 BLIND DATES

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:00pm

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she's started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

About the Author
Ashley Elston is the author of several novels including: The Rules for Disappearing (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards) and This Is Our Story. She has a liberal arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Shreveport with her husband and three sons. For more information about Ashley and her books, please visit www.ashleyelston.com.

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10 Blind Dates By Ashley Elston Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368027496
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 1st, 2019

Kenneth & Sarah Jane Wright with LOLA DUTCH, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:00pm

This is Lola Dutch, a delightfully creative girl who loves her friends SO much. When they're having a bad day, Lola knows just what to do to make each of them feel better:

She sews cozy pajamas for Gator,
constructs the perfect reading nook for Crane,
and takes Pig to the park!

Lola loves showing her friends how much she loves them! But there's one special friend she's forgotten--Bear! Can Lola decide on the perfect way to express how much he means to her?

The curious and inspired Lola Dutch knows that when it comes to showing friendship and appreciation, there's no such thing as too much. And maybe because of that, the thing Lola's friends love the most is . . . LOLA DUTCH!

Inspired by their own four gorgeously creative children, Sarah Jane and Kenneth Wright are thrilled to continue this fun series about the unstoppable Lola Dutch, a larger-than-life character perfect for fans of Olivia and Fancy Nancy.

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111 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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Lola Dutch I Love You So Much (Lola Dutch Series) By Kenneth Wright, Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kenneth Wright, Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547601172
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - December 31st, 2019

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