Ages 8-10

Children's events for readers aged 8-10.

Gennifer Choldenko - Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 1:30pm

Special Children's Event!

Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in Al Capone Throws Me a Curve, the charming latest addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.

Moose Flanagan lives on a famous island in California: Alcatraz, home to some of the most dangerous prisoners in the United States in the 1930s. It's the summer before he starts high school, and Moose is going to play a lot of baseball and win a spot on the high school team. But he still needs to watch his special older sister, Natalie -- and then the warden asks Moose to look after his two-faced, danger-loving daughter, Piper. 

In the cell house there are rumors that the cons will a strike, and that Moose's father might step up to a new job. Moose is worried: What will this mean for their family, especially for Natalie, who's had some scary run-ins with prisoners? Then the unthinkable happens: Natalie winds up someplace she should never, ever go. And Moose has to rescue her.

Don't miss the rest of the "Tales from Alcatraz" series!

  • Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • Al Capone Shines My Shoes
  • Al Capone Does My Homework

Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of many popular children's books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, Al Capone Does My Homework, and No Passengers Beyond This Point, and from Wendy Lamb Books, Chasing Secrets. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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ISBN: 9781101938133
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 8th, 2018

Return to Al Capone's Alcatraz with Newbery Honor-winning author Gennifer Choldenko in this charming addition to the beloved series about the son of a prison guard.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kate DiCamillo & Katherine Applegate - In Conversation (Edna Maguire Elementary School)

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Book Passage is very proud to present an evening with Kate DiCamillo and Katherine Applegate on Friday, April 20 at 7pm. Join us for a free event at Edna Maguire Elementary School where these much-loved Newbery Award winning authors will talk about their books, about the importance of children's literature and answer questions from fans of all ages.

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal. Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone, Home of the Brave continues on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. Katherine Applegate lives in Tiburon, California, with her family.


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ISBN: 9786077359043
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Published: Editorial Oceano de Mexico - April 1st, 2017

Ten-year-old Raymie Clarke has come to realize that absolutely everything depends on her. And she has a plan. If she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and come home.

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By Kate DiCamillo, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763658335
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 3rd, 2017

Conceived by Kate DiCamillo and featuring enchanting illustrations by Jaime Kim, this nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

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By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678814
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

What will it take for a cynical older sister to realize she's a born accordion player -- with music in her heart?

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By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763687649
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 13th, 2016

Now available in a digest paperback edition The beloved 2014 Newbery Medal winner by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo.

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ISBN: 9780547633909
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 2018

From Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Katherine Applegate, a sweet book of encouragement, filled with humor and insight into the effort behind any meaningful accomplishment in life. A perfect gift for baby shower, birthday, or graduation.

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ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

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ISBN: 9781250091666
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Published: Square Fish/Feiwel and Friends - September 26th, 2017

In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.

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ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller

This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship.

Edna Maguire Elementary School
80 Lomita Dr.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Aaron Blabey - Bad Guys (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 1:30pm

Aaron Blabey is visiting us all the way from Australia and Book Passage is really excited to have him with us. He'll be talking about his hilarious series of early chapter books, including The Bad Guys in Intergalatic Gas and The Bad Guys in Alien vs. Bad Guys. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha. They're bad guys, everyone knows that. They're scary and dangerous and ...well just BAD. But these guys want to be heroes. And they're going to prove it by doing good deeds ...whether YOU want them to or not.

An actor for many years, Aaron Blabey also worked in advertising, taught at an art college, and held down many other, odder jobs before he began writing for children. Australian success of Blabey’s pup-filled Pig the Pug picture book series has made its way to the U.S., with three books in the series now available. Along with his bestselling Bad Guy series, Blabey, who will be touring in North America for the first time in Spring 2018, is taking U.S. readers by storm. Aaron lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia with his family and devotes his time to writing, illustrating, and advocating for children.


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ISBN: 9781338189575
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - December 26th, 2017

The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it Sure, they might have to "borrow" a rocket. And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits. And Mr. Piranha miiiight have eaten too many bean burritos. Surviving this mission may only be one small step for man, but it's one giant leap for the Bad Guys.

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ISBN: 9781338189599
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 27th, 2018

The Bad Guys are vanishing A creature with TONS of teeth and WAY too many butts is stealing them, one by one. Is this the end for the Bad Guys? Maybe. Will it be funny? You bet your butts it will.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jan Jacobi - Young Lincoln (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Special Children's Event

Young Lincoln is a novel about the childhood and young adult years of Abraham Lincoln. Abe himself tells the story of his years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Abe encounters the same problems that young adults have faced for generations: tension with a demanding parent; the need for friendship and the need to be alone; feeling shy and awkward around girls; recurrent depression; and what path to follow in his life.

Using primary sources, drawing mostly on materials gathered by Lincoln’s law partner, William H. Herndon, Jan Jacobi gives young adult readers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln they do not encounter in their history books. Abe has serious doubts and concerns about his future, his ability to cope with loss, his lack of religious faith, and his relationship with his father. It is a youth and young adulthood of struggle, doubt, and loss—and there is no guarantee he will survive it.

Jan Jacobi has taught middle school English and humanities in three schools for over 40 years. He grew up in New York and came to St. Louis in 1982. For 27 years, he served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. In 2014 he was recognized as middle school teacher of the year by St. Louis Magazine. Ever since he came to St. Louis, he has been reading and writing about Abraham Lincoln. To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a number of his articles. He and his wife Ginger have three grown children, and they live with three dogs and a cat. His interests are gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.


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ISBN: 9781681061122
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Published: Reedy Press - February 1st, 2018

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Children's Event: Dave Eggers & Shawn Harris - Her Right Foot (Corte Madera)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, uniquely American in its frank tone and honest look at the literal foundation of our country, acclaimed author Dave Eggers and debut illustrator Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue, her raised right foot.

What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to the story of America.

Originally scheduled for publication in 2018, the creators and Chronicle Books were inspired by events in the United States at the beginning of 2017 to bring Her Right Foot to young readers as soon as possible. The need to offer welcome to new Americans is needed now more than ever.

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, The Circle, and A Hologram for the King. He is the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human-rights crises; 826 National, a network of writing and tutoring centers; and ScholarMatch, which connects donors and under-resourced students to make college possible. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives and works in Morongo Valley, California. This is his first book.


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By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

"A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best." - Entertainment Weekly

If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty.

Have you seen her?

She's in New York.
She's holding a torch.
And she's in mid-stride, moving forward.
But why?

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dawn Scott - Spirit Rock Mindfulness for Children (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Book Passage welcome children of all ages to experience an hour of joy, compassion and mindfulness. Enjoy moments of connecting to others, stillness, movement, celebration, singing, and children’s mindful book readings. Come play, share, learn and open your heart!

Led by Spirit Rock’s Family Program Coordinator and Teacher, Dawn Scott.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin School of the Arts - An Evening at Book Passage (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Award-winning Marin School of the Arts presents a non-stop evening event, celebrating the arts at Book Passage on October 6, 2017 from 5:00pm until 8:30pm. The celebration includes something for everyone, featuring:

  • Jazz Band
  • Rock Band
  • Creative Writing
  • Vocal Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre Arts
  • Dance, Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Photography

Join these talented young artists and share in their passion.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kids' Workshop: Elizabeth Singer Hunt - Secret Agent Training Manual (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 11:00am

Codebreaking 101 (45 minutes)
Do you know a wannabe junior secret agent? If so, then this is the workshop for them! During this interactive 45-minute workshop, Elizabeth Singer Hunt will guide children through the basics of secret agent codebreaking. They will learn how to disguise messages in plain sight and develop simple ciphers. For 3rd - 5th graders. Note, children must be strong spellers.

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the bestselling author of the award-winning Secret Agent Jack Stalwart chapter book series, the new Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart sequel series, and The Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages.​ ​


Limited spaces are available for this free workshop. To sign up, email or call 415 927 0960 ext 402 and leave the name of the future secret agent who will attend the workshop and the contact number of their grown-up.


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ISBN: 9781602863392
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Published: Running Press Kids - July 25th, 2017

Want to learn how to make and break TOP SECRET messages like a real spy? If so, this book is for you In this exciting, award-winning nonfiction companion to the debut series SECRET AGENTS JACK AND MAX STALWART, readers ages 8 - 12 years old can learn behind-the-scenes codebreaking and spy skills.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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