Kids and Teens Events

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.

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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.

Lowriders in Space (Low Riders #1) Cover Image
$22.99
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.


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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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$16.95
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.


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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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$32.99
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.

The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre.


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.

Christa's Luck: The Story of a Girl, Her Horse, and the Last Wild Mustangs Cover Image
$15.99
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.


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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

 

A Step Toward Falling Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062271136
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Published: HarperTeen - October 6th, 2015

"A beautiful, big-hearted book with important lessons embedded in compelling stories of two irresistible girls. Expertly executed and movingly realized.” New York Times Book Review


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062327185
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 15th, 2015

This beloved novel, a #1 New York Times bestseller, will soon be a major motion picture starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston.


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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)
$16.99
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?


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Travis Nichols - Fowl Play

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 11:00am

Signing Event!

Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop and once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract them from the truth? Idioms are everywhere in Fowl Play, the hilarious first case of the Gumshoe Zoo detective agency as they attempt to solve Mr. Hound's mystery. Early readers will love the multi-paneled comic book hybrid feel of this raucous adventure as the detectives manage to keep a straight face, collar some suspects, and solve a mystery, all while avoiding beating a dead never mind.

Travis Nichols is a writer, illustrator, Texan, and cartoonist living in San Francisco. His comics appeared in the late, great Nickelodeon Magazine (RIP). One of his comics was listed in the Best American Comics 2006 anthology. He is the author and illustrator of Matthew Meets the Man, The Monster Doodle Book, as well as Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-To Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands, which was awarded a Blue Ribbon by the Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books and was nominated by YALSA as one of the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. He has played in more than a dozen bands you've probably never heard of (how's THAT for indie cred?!), and he enjoys meteorites and eating watermelon over the sink.

 

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781452131825
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 4th, 2015

Just what kind of monkey business has befallen Mr. Hound's shop? Luckily, our team of plucky detectives has been chomping at the bit to take on their first case. When Mr. Hound hires them to investigate, they hoof it to his shop. And once they get sleuthing, wild horses couldn't drag them away from the scent of a clue. But is it all just a dog and pony show to distract them from the truth?


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Special Presentation - Beautiful Hands

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 4:00pm

As a colorful concept book, Beautiful Hands reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas, stretch imaginations, and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb and hand prints. The book's uplifting message will rouse and motivate, leaving no heart untouched. Based on co-author Bret Baumgarten's experience of holding his daughter's hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?," this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams. Co-authored and illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi, it is sure to charm.

Kathryn Otoshi's previous work includes the children's books Zero, One and Two

Beautiful Hands Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780990799306
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Published: Blue Dot Press - September 29th, 2015

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Little hands can do so many wonderful things: plant ideas; stretch imaginations; and reach for dreams. Parents and educators will enjoy sharing the word play with young readers. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Peter Sis - Ice Cream Summer

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 11:00am

From Hans Christian Anderson Award winner and three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sís comes a delectable picture book that is as breezy, sweet, and irresistible as ice cream in summer. "Dear Grandpa, Summer is going well. I am very busy. But don't worry, I am not forgetting about school! I read every day. I practice my math facts. And I am even studying world history!" Ice Cream Summer is a delicious tongue-in-cheek vision of everyone's favorite frozen treat, proving that ice cream is every bit as enriching for the mind as it is for the taste buds. Readers everywhere will be begging for seconds and thirds!

Peter Sís is a Hans Christian Anderson Award winner, a three-time Caldecott Honoree, a Sibert Award winner, and a MacArthur Fellow. He is the illustrator of Pam Muñoz Ryan's The Dreamer, a Pura Belpré Award winner, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and an ALA Notable. Sís's many celebrated picture books, including Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet Through The Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind The Iron Curtain, are treasured by readers all over the world. He lives in the New York City area with his family. 

 

Ice Cream Summer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545731614
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 26th, 2015

*"Sís delivers an encomium to summer, to the power of learning, and to that beloved, creamy-cold treat." --Kirkus, starred review



Savor summer anytime with this breezy, sweet and irresistible picture book from Hans Christian Anderson Award winner and three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sís!




Dear Grandpa,


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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