Kids and Teens Events

Tim Floreen - Willful Machines

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

Young Adult Science Fiction Event! 

In Willful Machines, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public. Charlotte's attacks have everyone on high alert, everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. And keeping Nico from finding out about his recent suicide attempt. And keeping himself from freaking out about all his secrets. But when attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he's Charlotte's next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte's plan too. As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte's plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive and what makes life worth living.

Tim Floreen majored in English at Yale and earned a Master's degree in creative writing at Boston University. He now lives in San Francisco with his partner and their two cats.

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ISBN: 9781481432771
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Published: Simon Pulse - October 20th, 2015

In this action-packed, high-octane debut, the closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that's terrorizing the United States--and has zeroed in on him as its next target.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Sean Connolly - The Totally Irresponsible Science Kit

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 6:30pm

Special Children's Event!

The Totally Irresponsible Science Kit: 18 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists is the perfect gift for every curious kid interested in science that contains 18 experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash, boom, and stink. Included is a 72-page book with step-by-step instructions for the 18 experiments, including notes on how long each experiment takes, the necessary ingredients, warnings when applicable, and the scientific excuse to do the experiment. Sure, it's a blast to send up a Soda Bottle Rocket, but it's also worth doing because it illustrates Newton's Third Law of Motion. And that messy and seemingly risky combination of ooze and electricity in the Static Electricity Slime? It demonstrates a fourth form of matter beyond solid, liquid, and gas a colloid. Packaged in the kit are four helpful instruments for young scientists: a lateral split-orb measuring spoon, a vacuumatic test tube, a matter-retaining measuring cup, and photon-refracting goggles. So go ahead: Encase a younger sibling in a giant soap bubble. Shoot a bolt of lightning from your fingertip. Any curious kid would be irresponsible not to try these experiments.

Sean Connolly has written more than 50 books for children and adults. A father of three, he's ideally suited to explain the nuts and bolts of these fantastic experiments.

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ISBN: 9780761181781
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 8th, 2015

Stand back--genius at work The perfect gift for every curious kid interested in science, here is a kit to perform 18 experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash, boom, and stink.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Kevin Henkes - Waiting

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:30pm

Special Kids Event!

What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig all toys arranged on a child's windowsill wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book. What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? Waiting is a big part of childhood whether it's waiting in line, waiting to grow up, or waiting for something special to happen but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Waiting is a timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, depiction of imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises.

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062368430
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 1st, 2015

Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor Book

What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig--all toys arranged on a child's windowsill--wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times-bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Annie Barrows - Ivy & Bean Day

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 10:00am

Annie Barrows will read some of her favorite parts from the 10- book series. Contest Alert: Ivy & Bean created their own camp. We bet you can make your own camp, too and even better, write your own camp theme song. Bring in the lyrics for our Camp Theme Song Contest!

Annie Barrows grew up in Northern California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Medieval History. After earning an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Mills College, Annie wrote a number of books for grown-ups. In 2003, Annie grew weary of grown-ups, and began to write for kids, which she found to be way more fun. Her first children's book, Ivy and Bean, was an ALA Notable Book for 2007.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cathy Camper - Middle Grade Graphic Novel!

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 11:30am

Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash, just what the team needs to open their own shop, Ay chihuahua. What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe? Lowriders in Space features unparalleled art from debut illustrator Raul the Third recalls ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie desk-drawn doodles, while the story is sketched with Spanish, inked with science facts, and colored with true friendship. With a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms, this delightful book will educate and entertain in equal measure.

Cathy Camper is a librarian focusing on outreach to schools and children in grades K-12. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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ISBN: 9781452121550
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 4th, 2014

Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders--cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Karen Benke - Write Back Soon! Release Party for Educators and Parents

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 3:30pm

Join Book Passage for book release and signing party for Write Back Soon! Adventures in Letter Writing!

Nick Bantock, author of the Griffin & Sabine series says, "If you want to direct a young soul toward the pleasures of letter writing, then Write Back Soon! is the book for you...and them." Write Back Soon! includes Letter Writing Lead-ins and postcard-sized prompts to inspire all ages to write from the heart. It also includes notes to the reader from Neil Gaiman, Ruth Ozeki, Natalie Goldberg, Gary Snyder, Jane Hirshfield, Wendy Mass, and many others. Refreshments and postcards served!

Karen Benke has inspired children and even a few adults in the art of creative writing for over twenty years as a Poet in the Schools, writing coach, and visiting author.  She specializes in leading on-the-spot creative writing workshops and has been known to get even the most reluctant writer to reach for a pen.  Her poetry has appeared in many anthologies and national literary journals (Ploughshares, Rattle, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry Daily) and her books have been featured in FamilyFun magazine, The San Francisco Book Review, Kids' Book Review and elsewhere.  The recipient of two teaching grants from Poets & Writers and residencies from Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Hedgebrook, she runs The Writers Nest and lives north of the Golden Gate Bridge with her teenage son, magic cat Clive, and rescue dog Rasco Roon. 

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ISBN: 9781611802689
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Published: Roost Books - September 22nd, 2015

Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards--an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Brian Selznick - The Marvels

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Presented by Book Passage and Throckmorton Theatre

Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
Tickets: $38 (includes signed book)

Join Brian Selznick, who will discuss his newest book, The Marvels, followed by a Q & A session with the audience.  An autographed copy of the book is included with your admission.   Don’t miss this fascinating and insightful evening with this award-winning author and illustrator!

Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and delivers a moving and mesmerizing adventure about the power of story. Two seemingly unrelated stories -- one in words, the other in pictures -- come together with spellbinding synergy! The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries. How the picture and word stories intersect will leave readers marveling over Selznick's storytelling prowess. Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heartrending beauty, and featuring Selznick's most arresting art to date, The Marvels is a moving tribute to the power of story.

Brian Selznick is the Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator of The New York Times bestsellers The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. He is also the illustrator of many celebrated picture books and novels, among them Caldecott Honor Winner The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, and Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Brian has previously worked as a set designer and a puppeteer.


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By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545448680
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2015

A breathtaking new voyage from Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick.

Two stand-alone stories--the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose--create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Jennifer and Michael Grais - Christa's Luck

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Christa Cassidy knows that she’s lucky. She lives with her parents and older sister on a small ranch in a beautiful part of the world; she has a grandmother who loves her; and she’s expecting a baby sister before the end of the summer. She even has her own horse named Lucky, but like any other teenager, she’s suspended between childhood and adulthood, unsure of her place in the world. She’s really only at home when she’s sitting on a horse, particularly when she’s trying to track the Lost Herd through the canyons around her home. When something horrible happens to Lucky, Christa’s world is upended, and things only get worse when it becomes clear that the Bureau of Land Management intends to round up the mustangs. With the help of a strong, troubled horse named Jenner, Christa is determined to figure out what’s going on. She soon finds that she must rein in her own passions as well as her horses, and that she won’t accomplish anything without friends and help. In the vein of The Horse Whisperer and The Black Stallion, Christa’s Luck: The Story of a Girl, Her Horse, and the Last Wild Mustangs is an epic adventure story of courage, friendship and freedom.

Jennifer Grais is a singer-songwriter who recorded several albums in Los Angeles and Nashville and toured as Jackson Browne’s background singer. She completed a year-long program of study with Linda Kohanov, best-selling author of The Tao of Equus, and Riding Between the Worlds, and began exploring a deeper relationship with horses. In December 2006, she was captivated by footage of a horse rescue that took place during a flood in the Netherlands at the hands of women riders. Research for the novel exposed Jennifer to the unfolding drama of the wild mustangs in the western United States.

Michael Grais has written and produced movies of domestic and international acclaim.  After a brief stint of writing for episodic television, he launched into features, and has written everything from romantic comedies to thrillers for seven Academy Award winning producers/directors.The first feature he wrote was Death Hunt, starring Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, before co-writing the mega-hit Poltergeist with Steven Spielberg. Michael went on to write and produce Poltergeist II, Marked for Death  and Cool World. As Executive Producer, his credits include: Great Balls of Fire! and Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers. He is also a contributor in the book, Why We Write, in which 25 screenwriters communicated their experiences of becoming successful in Hollywood. Michael has taught filmmaking at University of New Mexico and in various workshops abroad. After attending New York University’s Film School and Emerson College, he earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon.

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ISBN: 9780990605300
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Published: Jennifer Grais - June 15th, 2015

Inspired by a real horse rescue, Christa's Luck is a teen fiction novel about Christa's love for an endangered herd of wild horses and how her special connection with them inspires her to look beyond her own unforgivable mistakes and try again. She rises up to become a horse advocate at fourteen, whose passion and heart move an entire town to take action.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cammie McGovern & Julie Murphy: Young Adult Author Event co-sponsored by Beyond Differences

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 6:00pm


Wed. October 7, 2015 ŸŸŸ• 6:00pm • Admission is free

Co-sponsored by Beyond Differences, a Marin-based non-profit aimed at ending social isolation among teens and empowering them to lead​ the movement to create an inclusive middle school culture, Book Passage is proud to host YA talents Cammie McGovern, author of A Step Toward Falling, and Julie Murphy, author of Dumplin', on their multi-city national tour with HarperCollins Children's Books!

Cammie McGovern writes about situations and characters that are not often seen in teen fiction. In A Step Toward Falling, she has created a story that features authentic experiences with amazing and memorable voices. Cammie brings heart, humor and empathy to subjects that are sometimes difficult, but important, to talk about. In A Step Toward Falling, we are introduced to Emily and Belinda. In Belinda, a character with developmental disabilities, Cammie has crafted a well-rounded character unlike many others in teen fiction, a voice that rings true in such a genuine way that it shines through the page to capture the imagination and hearts of readers.

In Dumplin’, Julie Murphy takes her writing to a whole new level of complexity and depth. Essentially the book is about body image and fat shaming—but it takes an unexpected turn. Will is a fearless, funny, and aspirational heroine. She is a self-proclaimed fat girl who has always been at home in her own skin. It is only when Will’s feelings for the local heartthrob are surprisingly reciprocated that her confidence is shaken and shadowed with doubt. In a market where the definition of beauty is terribly narrow, and YA protagonists are at times interchangeable, Dumplin’ introduces an important voice to the teen audience, breaking the mold on every level.


Empowering teens to fight and advocate against social isolation


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ISBN: 9780062271136
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Published: Harper Teen - October 6th, 2015

Cammie McGovern follows up her breakout young adult debut, Say What You Will, with this powerful and unforgettable novel about learning from your mistakes and learning to forgive. The New York Times Book Review raved "This is a beautiful, big-hearted book with important lessons embedded in compelling stories of two irresistible girls.

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ISBN: 9780062327185
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 15th, 2015

For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine--self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson--from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine--Dumplin' is guaranteed to steal your heart.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Alison McGhee - Firefly Hollow

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 10:00am

Special Children's Event

Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big? Firefly doesn't merely want to fly, she wants to touch the moon. Cricket doesn't merely want to sing about baseball, he wants to catch. When these two little creatures with big dreams wander out of Firefly Hollow, refusing to listen to their elders, they find themselves face-to-face with the one creature they were always told to stay away from...a giant. But Peter is a Miniature Giant. They've always been told that a Miniature Giant is nothing but a Future Giant, but this one just isn't quite as big or as scary as the other Giants. Peter has a dream of his own, as well as memories to escape. He is overwhelmed with sadness, and a summer with his new unlikely friends Firefly and Cricket might be just what he needs. Firefly Hollow is nothing short of enchanting, reminding us all that the very best friend is the one who wants you to achieve your dreams. 

Alison McGhee writes in all forms for all ages. She's the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books such as Shadow Baby and Someday and a slew of others. She lives in Minneapolis and Vermont, is irresistibly drawn to the color green, and would be happy to eat potstickers every day.

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By Alison McGhee, Christopher Denise (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442423367
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2015

Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big? Delve into this lush, unforgettable tale in the tradition of Charlotte's Web and The Rats of NIMH, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Someday.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925


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