Jennifer Richard Jacobson will read from Small as an Elephant, winner of the Gold Fiction Award from Parents’ Choice
Ever since Jack can remember, his mom has been unpredictable, sometimes loving and fun, other times caught in a whirlwind of energy and "spinning" wildly until it’s over. But Jack never thought his mom would take off during the night and leave him at a campground in Acadia National Park, with no way to reach her and barely enough money for food. Any other kid would report his mom gone, but Jack knows by now that he needs to figure things out for himself — starting with how to get from the backwoods of Maine to his home in Boston before DSS catches on. With nothing but a small toy elephant to keep him company, Jack begins the long journey south, a journey that will test his wits and his loyalties — and his trust that he may be part of a larger herd after all.
Jennifer Richard Jacobson received her master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught preschool through sixth grade and has served as Curriculum Coordinator, Head of Studies or Language Arts Specialist in several New England schools. As a continuing author-in-residence and educational consultant, Jennifer has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators to help students reach their highest potential.
Gregory Mone will read from Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic
A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history. The great ocean liner Titanic is preparing to cross the Atlantic. On board is a sinister thief bent on stealing a rare book that may be the key to unlocking infinite treasure, a wealthy academic traveling home to America with his rare book collection, and Patrick Waters, a twelve-year-old Irish boy who is certain that his job as a steward on the unsinkable ship will be the adventure of a lifetime. Disguises, capers, and danger abound as the ship makes its way toward that fateful iceberg where Patrick will have to summon all his wits in order to survive.
Gregory Mone is a novelist, magazine writer, science journalist, and speaker. He has written articles for many magazines, including Popular Science and National Geographic, and his books for adults include The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve and the novel The Wages of Genius. He is the author of the middle-reader novel Fish, which received the Carol Otis Hurst prize for the best children’s writing in New England. Gregory lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.
Ben H. Winters will read from The Mystery of the Missing Everything
Bethesda Fielding and her sort-of sidekick Tenny Boyer are back! There’s been a shocking crime at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School, and only Bethesda can solve it. If she can. But she’s having trouble. Plus, everyone is sort of mad at her. Also, there’s a whole subplot about a video where a kid dressed in a bear suit falls down some stairs. This sequel to The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman is full of puzzles, thrills, and laughs.
Ben H. Winters is the author of a whole bunch of books, including the Edgar Award-nominated middle-grade novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman. He also wrote two parody novels, the New York Times bestseller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (with Jane Austen) and Android Karenina (with Leo Tolstoy). Ben’s work for the theater includes the children’s musicals The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, A (Tooth) Fairy Tale, and Uncle Pirate, all published in acting editions from Samuel French. Ben has additionally worked over the years as a bass player, an ice-cream scooper, a creative-writing teacher, a transcriptionist, and (disastrously) as a cat-sitter. These days Ben lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his family.