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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
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Virtual Event: Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell with Follow That Frog

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 5:00pm

Join Philip Stead and Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell as they celebrate the release of their newest picture book, Follow That Frog, on February 11th at 5:00 pm CST.

Please register to attend this event by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

When a curiously croaking stranger comes knocking at the door, Aunt Josephine launches into a rambling tale about her lifelong pursuit of a rare giant frog.

Eccentric Aunt Josephine poignantly ignores a stranger knocking at her door as she tells her niece Sadie the story of her time in the jungles of Peru, cataloguing amphibians for the scientific team of Admiral Rodriguez. When the admiral’s son was suddenly swallowed by a giant frog, Aunt Josephine gave chase in a journey which took her around the world.

In the tradition of their previous collaborations The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery, this is a story full of rambunctious fun and sensationally appealing artwork.

About the Author:

Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Their collaboration, Music for Mister Moon, won the Great Lakes Great Reads Award. Philip has written and illustrated many picture books including Hello, My Name is RubyJonathan and the Big Blue BoatA Home for BirdAll the Animals where I Live, and Vernon is on His Way. He also illustrated Charlotte Zolotow's In My Garden for Holiday House. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


About the Illustrator:
Matthew Cordell
is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow and Hello Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, recipient of four starred reviews, and the illustrator of numerous highly acclaimed children's books including Philip C. Stead's books The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery, which was a Washington Post Best Book. He wrote and illustrated Another BrotherWish, and Hello! Hello!, a New York Times Notable Children's Book. Matthew lives near Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.

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By Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823444267
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Published: Neal Porter Books - February 2nd, 2021