Tea and Cookies will definitely be available, but the stars of the event are Ellen Jensen Abbott, S. Terrell French, Roseanne Parry, and Fran Cannon Slayton. They will all be visiting and signing their books. The books are targeted to kids ranging from grade 3 to grade 9.
In Watersmeet, a YA Fantasy, a teenage girl confronts prejudice, war, and family secrets.
When Brother's dad is shipped off to Iraq in Heart of a Shepherd, Brother must help his grandparents keep the ranch going. He's determined to maintain it just as his father left it, in the hope that doing so will ensure his father's safe return. The hardships Brother faces will not only change the ranch, but also reveal his true calling.
When the Whistle Blows introduces us to Jimmy, who lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia during the 1940s. He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town: plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in the Platoon, a and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season no matter what. He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, and is determined to uncover the mysteries behind it But it is a midnight encounter with a train that shows Jimmy the man his father really is.
Operation Redwood propels the reader into clandestine e-mail exchanges, secret trips, fake press releases, and a tree-house standoff. These are among the clever stunts and pranks the kid heroes pull off in this exciting ecological adventure.
In Bull Rider, Cam O'Mara is a dedicated skateboarder. But when his older brother serves in Iraq and comes back partially paralyzed, the bull-riding mantle falls to Cam. This is a timely debut novel about family loyalty and hope in the face of tremendous trials.