Totally Tweens: Magical Middle-Grade Author Visit!

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Totally Tweens: Magical Middle-Grade Author Visit!

December 2, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, December 2, 2023 –3:30pm to 5:00pm

Storytime Room

Tweens in grades 3-6, join us for a very special book club with local author Katherin Nolte! Katherin’s debut, Back to the Bright Before (released May 30 from Random House), is a dazzling novel filled with magic, family, and adventure. Listen as Katherin reads an excerpt, then join in a Q&A and discussion with Katherin and a librarian about the book. After the discussion, enjoy a light snack and a craft based on the book!

This event is for 3rd-6th graders. Reading the book beforehand is very strongly encouraged! 15 free copies of the book will be available at the Children’s Desk while supplies last, beginning October 21. Just ask at the Children’s Desk anytime the library is open for your free copy to read in advance and keep. Bring it to the discussion for signing!

Didn’t snag a free copy? The book is also available for checkout from the library in print, e-book, and e-audio:

When eleven-year-old Pet Martin’s dad falls from a ladder on their family farm, it isn’t just his body that crashes to the ground. So does every hope her family had for the future. Money is scarce, and Pet’s mom is bone-tired from waiting tables at the local diner, and even with the extra hours, it’s not enough for a third surgery for Pet’s dad. Her five-year-old brother, Simon, now refuses to say anything except the word “cheese.” Worst of all? The ladder accident was Pet’s fault.

She’s determined to fix things—but how? Good old-fashioned grit…and maybe a little bit of magic.

When a neighbor recites a poem about an ancient coin hidden somewhere on the grounds of the local abbey, Pet forms a plan. With her brother, a borrowed chicken, and a stolen pony, Pet runs away from home. If she can find the coin, Daddy can have his surgery, Momma can stop her constant working, and Simon might speak again. But Pet isn’t the only one who wants the coin…which means searching for it is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

欢迎3 至 6 年级的同学参加今天的作者见面会。本地作家 Katherin Nolte 的处女作《重回光明》(兰登书屋于 5 月 30 日发行)是一部光彩闪耀的小说,描写了关于魔法、家庭和冒险的故事。作者将为我们朗读故事选段,并和图书管理员一起回答大家的问题。讨论结束后,我们将享用零食并制作手工。
本活动适合三年级至六年级的学生。强烈建议您提前阅读这本书!儿童服务台将免费赠送 15 册该书,送完即止。请在图书馆开放时段咨询领取免费书,提前阅读并带来活动现场参与签售!该书还可以从图书馆借阅印刷版、电子书和电子音频版:

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library.


December 2, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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