Middle Grade

Events featuring middle grade titles.

POSTPONED: Tracy Tandy - Druk & Mita and Moonwitch of Crushtide Island (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Druk & Mita

As Mita falls asleep beneath the familiar stars of Bhutan, she meets the young dragon, Druk. Druk and Mita explore the universe, aging side-by-side, always expanding their ability to love. The simple, yet profound story and enchanting illustrations bring to life the flora, fauna, and Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas. Readers’ hearts will open along with Druk and Mita’s on this journey of love and transformation. Illustrated by award-winning artist, Cara Bevan.

Moonwitch of Crushtide Island

Cunning moonwitch, Impolara, has discovered that cats really do have nine lives. She’s convinced that she does too, but to live them and rule Dream, she needs rare Dreamdancer, Rose. Can a handful of friends—feline, human and magical—save Rose and stop Impolara’s plot to rule Dream forever? In Moonwitch of Crushtide Island, they’ll risk everything to find out. Leap into Book II of the Dreamhaven Series. Illustrated by award-winning artist, Cara Bevan.

Tracy Tandy is the author of Dreamhaven, Moonwitch of Crushtide Island, Druk & Mita, Alphabet Dreams, Alphabet Dreams Coloring Book, and the award-winning sci-fi short story, Deadline. Ms. Tandy believes dreams and love arrive on our doorstep in remarkable (sometimes furry) packages. Whether writing for children or adults, she consults with her opinionated feline characters, extraterrestrial detectives, a wily witch and a Bhutanese dragon. Her life is never boring. Read more at tracytandy.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special INK Event: Grant Faulkner - Brave the Page (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for a special INK meeting with author Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo!

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! On November 1 every year, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. In 2018, more than 300,000 people participated in NaNoWriMo, and more than 150,000 kids in 10,000 classrooms took part in their Young Writers Program. Join us on Friday evening, November 15th for a special INK meeting with Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner to discuss Brave the Page, the official NaNoWriMo handbook!

Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo's central mission that everyone's stories deserve to be told. The volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like; motivating essays from popular authors; advice on how to commit to your goals; a detailed plan for writing a novel or story in a month; and more!

Brave the Page features an exclusive introduction by Jason Reynolds, as well as original essays throughout from Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies) and more.

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of the online literary journal 100 Word Story and the Flash Fiction Collective. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Writer's Digest, and Poets & Writers. He is the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. They provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page. With its first event in 1999, the organization's programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the "Now What?" Months.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jennifer Camiccia with Lisa Moore Ramée - The Memory Keeper (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 4:00pm

Special Event for Kids! • In Conversation with Lisa Moore Ramée

All Lulu Carter wants is to be seen. But her parents are lost in their own worlds, and Lulu has learned the hard way that having something as rare as HSAM—the ability to remember almost every single moment in her life—won’t make you popular in school.

At least Lulu has Gram, who knows the truth about Lulu’s memory and loves her all the more for it. But Gram has started becoming absentminded, and the more lost she gets, the more she depends on Lulu…until Lulu realizes her memory holds the very key to fixing Gram’s forgetfulness. Once Lulu learns that trauma can cause amnesia, all she needs to do to cure Gram is hunt down that one painful moment in Gram’s life.

With her friends Olivia and Max, Lulu digs into Gram’s mysterious past. But they soon realize some secrets should stay buried, and Lulu wonders if she ever knew Gram at all. It’s up to Lulu to uncover the truth before the only person who truly sees her slips away. The Memory Keeper is a heartfelt middle grade debut about long-buried secrets, the power of memory, and the bond between a girl and her gram.

Jennifer Camiccia has lived in the wilds of Los Angeles, where she wrote her first book at the tender age of five; Iran, where she developed a fear of camels and a fondness for pistachios; Hawaii, with its balmy breezes and memories of learning to swim; and the San Francisco Bay Area, where she now lives with her children and husband. Visit her online at JenCamiccia.com or on Twitter: @JenCamiccia.

Lisa Moore Ramée was born and raised in Los Angeles and she now lives in the Bay Area of California, with her husband, two kids, and two obnoxious cats. A Good Kind of Trouble is her first novel.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Raina Telgemeier - Guts (Palace of Fine Arts)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

Tickets from $22 - $45 (includes a copy of Guts)

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

In Guts, Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face--and conquer--her fears.

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com.

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Each ticket includes a copy of Guts as well as a special signed book plate. Patrons will also have the opportunity to take a photo with Raina after the event, with higher-tier tickets guaranteeing an earlier place in line. Though Raina will not be signing any memorabilia, autographed copies of her other books will be available for sale before and after the event.

 

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Breton W. Kaiser Taylor - The Dragon of Emerhill (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Special Event for Kids
Path to Publishing Launch Party!

Noreia, a 13-year-old French princess, is an obedient girl until the day disaster strikes Emerhill Kingdom. After a coastal shipwreck, her dragon friend Stalwart is accused of sinking the ship. Noreia's affections for her friend turn to defiance. When Noreia seizes the chance to defend her dragon friend, Noreia defies her father, while obeying her heart. She faces a voyage to an island she has never seen. There, she will struggle to survive with help from the fairies of Fay Linn, on Dragonera Isle!

Breton W. Kaiser Taylor introduces the Fay Linn Trilogy with his debut novel, The Dragon of Emerhill. In this richly illustrated fantasy novel, he depicts a child's need for independence, friendships, and guidance toward a world that is just and full of hope. As a survivor of juvenile kidney disease, he understands children's need for a sense of independence. Made in watercolor and pen and ink, his illustrations make the story come to life. His website is available with information on his writing and artistic process at: thedragonofemerhill.com.

 

 

 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Katherine Applegate - An Evening With (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids

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.

Wishtree
Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories...Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Endling #1: The Last
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and slaughtered, Byx fears she may be the last of her species: the endling. As Byx sets out to find safe haven—and perhaps even another of her kind—she meets new allies, who have their own motivations for joining her quest. Together this ragtag group of animals and humans will help put into motion events that could bring the kingdom to the brink of war.

Sometimes You Fly
This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation. A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to “remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail...sometimes you fly.”
 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Alan Gratz - Grenade (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Event for Kids

Grenade is the hugely anticipated follow-up to Alan Gratz's New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed phenomenon Refugee. This is another searing and heart-pounding look at kids making their way through war. It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of war.

Hideki lives with his family on the island of Okinawa, near Japan. When WWII crashes onto his shores, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don't come back until you've killed an American soldier.

Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray's first-ever battle, and he doesn't know what to expect -- or if he'll make it out alive. He just knows that the enemy is everywhere. Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding ambushes and dangerous traps. But then the two of them collide in the middle of the battle...And choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee, returns with this high-octane story of how fear and war tear us apart, but how hope and redemption tie us together.

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Refugee; Projekt 1065, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016; Prisoner B-3087, a Junior Library Guild selection that was named to YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; and Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall - Ivy & Bean #11 (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

In One Big Happy Family, Ivy & Bean are back...and they are funnier than ever.

Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

Annie Barrows is the bestselling author of books for both children and adults, including the YA novel Nothing, and the bestselling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall has illustrated more than twenty books, which have won awards such as the Caldecott Medal, Ezra Jack Keats Award, and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sarah Hines Stephens & Benjamin Harper - Bug Girl (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor, after discovering her bug powers and saving the town of Oyster Cove, Amanda “Bug Girl” Price and her ex-best friend Emily have spent the entire summer together in superhero training. But when the first day of seventh grade arrives, nothing has changed on the social front. Emily is as obsessed with popularity as ever, ignoring Amanda in favor of new-girl Geri, whose favorite activity is making fun of Amanda.

When Geri reveals herself as the true villain bent on Oyster Cove’s destruction at the school dance, Emily taps into her fury to help Bug Girl save the day.

Sarah Hines Stephens grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where she liked to build habitats for woolly bear caterpillars and roller-skate in the carport. She has been a bookseller, an editor, a ghostwriter, an author, a garden instructor, and a lab assistant -- and still holds many of those jobs. She makes her home in Oakland, California, where she lives with three humans, two dogs, and an ever-changing cast of house spiders.

Benjamin Harper is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, where hot summers fostered his love of bugs. He has been involved in children's books, as both an editor and an author, for almost as long as he can remember. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles, California, where he raises monarch butterflies and lives with a cat, a dog, and a hippie.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Victoria Piontek - The Spirit of Cattail County (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

In The Spirit of Cattail County, Sparrow doesn't have many friends. Some kids believe her house near the swamp is haunted. Others think there's something "unusual" about her.

But Sparrow's not lonely -- she has a best friend who's always with her. He sits with Sparrow on her porch swing. He makes her smile by playing pranks in church. Yet Sparrow is the only one who can see him . . . because the Boy is a ghost.

So when her mama passes away, Sparrow doesn't give up hope. After all, if the Boy can linger after death, then surely Mama can return as well.

But the Boy has a secret of his own, one that Sparrow will need to uncover before the ghost will lead her to Mama. To solve the mystery, Sparrow joins forces with some unlikely allies -- Maeve and Johnny, siblings from a family of town outcasts --and Elena, a visiting child fortune-teller.

With its loving depiction of small town life, and characters who feel like old friends, this magical debut will enchant you, dazzle you...and make you feel at home.

Victoria Piontek spent her childhood on the east coast of Florida listening to her mother’s stories of strong southern women, family secrets, and ghosts. She now lives in northern California.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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