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A Kids' Authors Extravaganza (again)! (Andover)

Join beloved and renowned authors Tony Abbott, Jacqueline Davies, and Erin Moulton for an afternoon of reading, signing, and kid-friendly discussion.

Tony Abbott will read from The Battle Begins

Owen Brown is an average fourth grader. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared — through the floor of the school. Owen’s average life has turned upside down. He’s determined to find Dana before anyone realizes she’s missing. Owen sets out on a mysterious, mythological rescue mission with his friends Jon and Sydney.

Tony AbbottThe author of three best-selling series for young readers, Tony Abbott didn’t actually turn to writing full-time until 1994. Since then, however, he has written more than seventy-five novels for young readers, including The Haunting of Derek Stone series, the Time Surfers series, Kringle, The Postcard, winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for the Best Juvenile Mystery novel, Firegirl, winner of the Gold Kite Award for Fiction, and The Secrets of Droon series, which the American Booksellers Association counted in their list of "Books to Read while Waiting for the Next Harry Potter." Tony has also taught writing workshops for all elementary grades, and lives in Connecticut with his family.

Jacqueline Davies will read from The Bell Bandit

Jacqueline DaviesFor as long as Jessie could remember, New Year’s Eve meant staying at Grandma’s house and the long, slow climb to the top of Lovell’s Hill, where the trees parted and the sky opened and there stood the old iron bell… But this year, everything is different. Grandma has accidentally set her house on fire, which means Evan has to sleep on the couch in the living room while the whole house is turned into a construction site. And when Jessie snowshoes her way up Lovell’s Hill, she finds that the New Year’s Eve bell is missing. Who would steal the bell? How can Jessie and Evan get it back in time for New Year’s Eve? And why does Grandma seem so different? The third book about the unforgettable brother-sister duo of the best-selling Lemonade War series explores the complex emotions of children as they face profound change.

Jacqueline Davies was born in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts as a child. She is the author of many children’s books, including The Lemonade War and The Lemonade Crime, the first two books in the Lemonade War series. Jacqueline has won numerous awards for her writing, including the New York Library’s Best Books List, the IRA/CBC Children’s Award Notable Book for Fiction, and the CCBC Choices Award. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts with her three children and their dog.

Erin Moulton will read from Tracing Stars

Indie Lee Chickory is the fish freak of Plumtown. She’s an expert at making fish faces and has a pet, The Lobster Monty Cola, who lives in a salt-water pool outside her bedroom window. But when Indie accidentally brings Monty to school, to disastrous results, her older sister Bebe almost dies of embarrassment, and Indie is left without anyone. No friends, no sister, and no lobster.

Erin MoultonIndie wants to find The Lobster Monty Cola and to be a better Chickory so that Bebe will like her again. During the day, Indie works at the theater, showing Bebe and her friends how much she can fit in with their crew. And at night, she searches for her lost lobster by building a fishing boat up in a tree with Owen Stone, who works in the props shop. Everything seems to be going well — until Bebe and her gang make it clear that being friends with Owen is a ticket straight to loserville. Can Indie keep her friendship with Owen a secret? And will doing so make her a better Chickory — or a worse one?

Erin Moulton graduated with an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2007. She is the author of Flutter: The Story of Four Sisters and One Incredible Journey, which was named a Kids’ Next pick for Summer 2011 by Indie Bound. Erin lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and puppy where she writes, reads, drinks tea and dreams.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 12:00pm
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ISBN: 9780545308311
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 1st, 2012

An action-packed, mythological chapter book series from Tony Abbott
There's something lurking under Owen's school. . . .
Owen Brown is your average fourth grader. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared. Right in front of his face. Through the floor of the school.
Owen's average life has turned upside down.

The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War Series #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547567372
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

Everything about this trip to Grandma’s house was different:

First, because of the fire, Mrs. Treski, Evan, and Jessie had driven up to Grandma’s two days after Christmas instead of the day before, missing Christmas with Grandma entirely.

Second, the fire had left a hole in the back kitchen wall big enough to drive a car through!

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ISBN: 9780399256967
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Philomel Books - May 10th, 2012

A charming novel about sisterhood, self-identity, and friendship from the author of Flutter

JAY ATKINSON: "Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man" (Andover)

Jay AtkinsonIf all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting. In Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man, bestselling author Jay Atkinson describes his thirty-five year odyssey in the sport — from his rough and rowdy days at the University of Florida, through the intrigue of various foreign tours, club championships, and all-star selections, up to his current stint with the freewheeling Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. Jay has played in more than 500 matches, for which he’s suffered three broken ribs, a detached retina, a fractured cheekbone and orbital bone, four deadened teeth, and a dislocated ankle. Written in the style of Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Atkinson’s book explains why it was all worth it — the sum total of his violent adventures, and the valuable insights he has gained from them.

Jay Atkinson is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, investigative journalist, and itinerant amateur athlete from Methuen, Massachusetts. He is the author of two novels, a story collection, and three narrative nonfiction books. His nonfiction book Ice Time was a Publisher’s Weekly notable book of the year in 2001, and Legends of Winter Hill was on the Boston Globe bestseller list for several weeks in 2005. Atkinson’s narrative nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Boston Globe and many other publications. A former two-sport college athlete, Atkinson has competed in rugby for three decades and continues to play in exotic locales with the Vandals Rugby Club out of Los Angeles. He teaches journalism at Boston University.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man: Guts, Glory, and Blood in the World's Greatest Game Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312547691
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 24th, 2012

If all sports are really about war, then rugby is a heart-thumping epic of bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting.

A Kids' Authors Extravaganza! (Andover)

Jennifer Richard Jacobson will read from Small as an Elephant, winner of the Gold Fiction Award from Parents’ Choice

Jennifer-Jacobson_x166Ever 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

Gregory-Mone_x160A 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

Ben-Winters_x189Bethesda 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.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 12:00pm
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ISBN: 9780763641559
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2011

Jack’s mom is gone, leaving him all alone on a campsite in Maine. Can he find his way back to Boston before the authorities realize what happened?
(Ages 10-14)

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ISBN: 9781596436732
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 13th, 2012

A stowaway, a stolen book, a murderous villain: an adventure on the most famous shipwreck in history.

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ISBN: 9780061965449
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HarperCollins - September 20th, 2011

There has been a shocking crime at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School.

In a glass case in the front hall, a trophy—the trophy, the first trophy ever won in the school’s lackluster competitive history—has been stolen.

KATHY GUNST: "Notes from a Maine Kitchen: Seasonally Inspired Recipes" (Andover)

Kathy-Gunst_x210There’s nothing better than settling into a nice, warm, home-cooked meal at the kitchen table. In Notes from a Maine Kitchen, Kathy Gunst takes us into her own kitchen, introducing us to the flavors of fresh, seasonal Maine ingredients prepared in simple and inspiring ways. With essays conveying the mood of each month, Gunst gives readers a sense of Maine food and life. She follows each essay with a handful of recipes incorporating the seasonal ingredient or theme.

We’ll be sampling some of these recipes, as prepared by our talented bookstore staff, so bring your appetite!

Kathy Gunst lives in South Berwick, Maine. She is the author of thirteen cookbooks, several of which have received IACP award nominations. She is also the Resident Chef for WBUR’s award-winning show "Here and Now" and has received two James Beard award nominations for her radio work. Gunst writes for many publications, including Bon Appetit, New York Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She has appeared on radio and television shows nationwide, including "All Things Considered," "Live with Regis and Kelly," "CBS Early Show," and "Real Simple TV," and she teaches cooking and food writing at cooking schools and universities around the country. You can learn more about Kathy and her many projects at

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780892729173
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Down East Books - September 16th, 2011

There's nothing better than settling into a nice, warm, home-cooked meal at the kitchen table. Kathy Gunst takes us into her own kitchen, introducing us to the flavors of fresh, seasonal Maine ingredients prepared in simple and inspiring ways. With essays conveying the mood of each month, Gunst gives readers a sense of Maine food and life.

RANDALL PEFFER: "Seahawk Burning" (Andover)

Randall PefferThis final volume in the Raphael Semmes trilogy of Civil War naval thrillers follows the real-life adventures of Confederate Captain Raphael Semmes and his ship, the C.S.S. Alabama, on the final legs of their reign of terror on the high seas. The novel chronicles Semmes’s rise to mythic stature as he becomes Lincoln’s public enemy number one, seizing and burning scores of Yankee ships in the Caribbean Sea, the south Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and the South China Sea before heading to France for sanctuary . . . all the while dodging scores of federal Navy ships pursuing him.

Enemy vessels, spy games, mutinies, storms, and loneliness stalk Semmes’s cruise during 1863–64. Meanwhile, back in the Lincoln White House, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles tries to marshal his warships to catch Semmes and simultaneously protect his president from spies and assassins, one of whom is Semmes’s mistress. In addition to the main characters, the cast of Seahawk Burning includes historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and John Wilkes Booth. All of the threads in this saga come together in a final showdown off Cherbourg, France, when Semmes decides to take the Alabama into battle against the U.S.S. Kearsarge, captained by his old friend John A. Winslow. It is one of the greatest naval battles in history.

Randall Peffer is the author of six crime novels, a trilogy of Civl War Naval thrillers, eight nonfiction travel books/memoirs and over 300 travel-lifestyle features for magazines like National Geographic and Smithsonian. He teaches writing at Phillips Academy, Andover.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
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ISBN: 9781440533167
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gallery Books - April 15th, 2012

A Novel of the Civil War at Sea

JENNIFER DuBOIS: "A Partial History of Lost Causes" (Andover)

Jennifer duBoisIn this mesmerizing and exquisitely rendered debut novel, a long-lost letter links two characters, each searching for meaning against long odds. In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest, launching a doomed — and potentially lethal — dissident presidential campaign against Vladimir Putin. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old English lecturer Irina Ellison is on an improbable quest of her own. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father had written to the young Aleksandr Bezetov — asking how one proceeds in a lost cause — she decides to travel to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for herself. Spanning two continents and thirty years, and with uncommon perception and wit, A Partial History of Lost Causes explores the possibilities of courage, the endurance of memory, and the stubbornness and splendor of human will.

Jennifer duBois was born in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1983. She earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Tufts University and an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She recently completed a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, where she is currently the Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Playboy, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, The Florida Review, The Northwest Review, Narrative, and elsewhere.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Andover Bookstore
89 R Main Street
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ISBN: 9781400069774
Availability: Special Order
Published: The Dial Press - March 20th, 2012


CRESCENT DRAGONWAGON: "Bean by Bean" (Andover)

Crescent DragonwagonHas there ever been a more generous ingredient than the bean? Down-home, yet haute, soul-satisfyingly hearty, valued, versatile deeply delectable, healthful, and inexpensive to boot, there’s nothing a bean can’t do — and nothing that Crescent Dragonwagon can’t do with beans. From old friends like chickpeas and pintos to rediscovered heirloom beans like rattlesnake beans and teparies, from green beans and fresh shell beans to peanuts, lentils, and peas, Bean by Bean is the definitive cookbook on beans. It’s a 200-plus recipe cornucopia overflowing with information, kitchen wisdom, lore, anecdotes, and a zest for good food and good times.

We’ll be sampling some of Crescent’s delicious recipes, so bring your appetite!

Crescent Dragonwagon is the author of the James Beard Award-winning Passionate Vegetarian, The Cornbread Gospels, Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, many children’s books, and two novels. She has the distinction of having prepared beans and cornbread for a president (Bill Clinton), titled royalty (Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia), a world-renowned feminist (Betty Friedan) and Marilyn Monroe’s first biographer (Maurice Zolotow). She has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, TVFN, and CNN. For 18 years she was the chef and co-owner of Dairy Hollow House, an acclaimed country inn in Arkansas, but she has lived in Westminster West, Vermont since 2002.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 7:00pm
Bean By Bean: A Cookbook: More than 175 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans, Even Sweet Beans! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761132417
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - January 15th, 2012

Has there ever been a more generous ingredient than the bean? Down-home, yet haute, soul-satisfyingly hearty, valued, versatile deeply delectable, healthful, and inexpensive to boot, there’s nothing a bean can’t do—and nothing that Crescent Dragonwagon can’t do with beans.

AMMI-JOAN PAQUETTE: "The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids" (Andover)

AmmiJoan PaquetteA walk by the seashore might be nothing more than the start of an ordinary day . . . Or it could be the beginning of something magical! This beautiful picture book is the follow-up to The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, which was chosen as one of the "Best Books for Children 2009" by the Association of Booksellers for Children.

Ammi-Joan Paquette has been writing stories since early childhood. She is the author of the young-adult novel Nowhere Girl and a recipient of the 2005 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award as well as the 2008 SCBWI’s Susan Landers Glass Scholarship Award. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Boston area, where she works as an agent with the Erin Murphy Literary Agency and continues to write books for children and young adults. Please join us for this very special story time!

Event date: 
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:00am
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ISBN: 9781933718590
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tanglewood - February 7th, 2012

On hot summer days, the beaches are packed with all kinds of people swimming, splashing, or lying in the sun. But there are other days--magical ones--when the beach is empty. Whoosh! The wind tosses up the sand in curling eddies. Kazoom! The waves cymbal-crash against the shore. Yes! Days like these are just right for finding mermaids.

DAVID ELLIOTT: "In the Sea" (Andover)

David ElliottA New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator explore life in the ocean with clever poems and bold, expressive woodcuts. The briny deep is home to an enormous variety of fascinating creatures, from the dainty sea horse to the fearsome shark, from the spiny sea urchin to the majestic blue whale. In striking woodcut illustrations, diverse creatures glide through blue and green waters, while succinct, witty poetry examines their behavior and interactions. In this companion volume to On the Farm and In the Wild, David Elliott and Holly Meade explore the depths of the ocean in a collection of poems sure to thrill budding oceanographers and landlubbers alike.

David Elliott was raised in a small farm town in Ohio. He has worked as a singer in Mexico, an English teacher in Libya, a cucumber-washer in Greece, and a popsicle-stick-maker in Israel. Now he writes for kids and lives in the New Hampshire countryside with his wife, son, a cantankerous Maine coon cat and a three-footed dog. Please join us for a very special story time with this children’s author extraordinaire!

Event date: 
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:00am
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By David Elliott, Holly Meade (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763644987
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 14th, 2012

A New York Times best-selling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator explore life in the ocean with clever poems and bold, expressive woodcuts.

RAINBOW ROWELL: "Attachments" (Andover)

Rainbow RowellBeth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? "Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you." Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

Rainbow Rowell is only very good at two things — reading and writing, in that order. People who are good only at reading and writing, and who also want health insurance, usually study journalism. Rainbow earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever — and first female — columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Attachments is her first book. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park — sort of an East Omaha Romeo & Juliet — comes out in 2012.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780525951988
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dutton Adult - April 14th, 2011

""Attachments" is so perfectly engaging, so sly, and so funny I read it all in one sitting, then went back and read my favorite scenes a second time...I hope Rowell never stops writing."
-Haven Kimmel


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