Monday, May 4, 2015

Events for National Children's Book Week: Blue Balliett, Sandy Brehl, Julie Mata, Emily Demuth, Silvia Acevedo, Jamie Swenson, Kashmira Sheth, and Janet Halfmann. Don't Worry, There are Only Four Events.

Monday, May 4, 6:30 pm, at the Whitefish Bay Library:
Blue Balliett, author of Pieces and Players

In Pieces and Players, thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be…or who might have stolen them. Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they’ve been matched with two new sleuths: Zoomy, a very small boy with very thick glasses, and Early, a girl who treasures words…and has a word or two to say about the missing treasure.

The kids have been drawn in by the very mysterious Mrs. Sharpe, who may be playing her own kind of game with the clues. And it’s not just Mrs. Sharpe who’s acting suspiciously—there’s a ghost who mingles with the guards in the museum, a cat who acts like a spy, and bystanders in black jackets who keep popping up. With Pieces and Players, you have all the ingredients for a fantastic mystery sure to delight readers 8 and up!

Blue Balliett is the award-winning author of the bestselling art mystery novels Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, The Calder Game, The Danger Box, and Hold Fast. The Whitefish Bay Library is located at 5420 N. Marlborough Drive, just south of Silver Spring Drive.

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm, at Boswell:
A Middle Grade Panel with Julie Mata, plus Sandy Brehl, and Emily Demuth Ishida

This event is co-sponsored by MKE Teacher SPAce.

Boswell Book Company invites you to join us in celebrating National Children’s Book Week, the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country (established in 1919), with a distinguished panel of middle grade authors! Joining us for five-minute discussions of their books, followed by a Q&A and signing are Julie Mata, Sandy Brehl, and Emily Demuth

After her huge success with her first feature-length movie, seventh-grader Kate Walden is eager to start on her next film, a sci-fi romance called Bride of Slug Man in the latest in the Kate Walden Directs series by Juile Mata, a hilarious story about friendship and two rival filmmakers that tweens will adore.

Odin’s Promise is local author Sandy Brehl’s debut historical novel and the tale of the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of eleven-year-old Mari, who is supported and protected by her faithful elkhound, Odin.

Hattie’s War, co-authored by Emily Demuth, is a middle-grade historical novel about a girl, Hattie Bigelow, who lives in Milwaukee near the end of the Civil War and is far more interested in the emerging sport of base ball than in sewing circles and other women’s efforts to support the Union cause.

Friday, May 8, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Silvia Acevedo, who launches her debut young adult novel God Awful Loser

Cupid, the son of the God of War has it all, and the smooth-talking, jet-setting master knows it. The once chubby cherub now has adoring fans, a shiny red limousine, and a mansion nearly, almost, not quite big enough to hold his enormous and ever-growing ego. But everything changes for the sloppy, ill-aiming love god when a meddling stranger challenges him for his crown. Not even the advice of his war-mongering father, Mars, and embarrassingly underdressed mother, Venus, can save Cupid from the skids.

Facing enraged immortals, epic battles against hell’s most vile creatures, and the dread of becoming mortal himself, Cupid teams up with an unlikely band of misfit fallen angels in the hopes of saving himself, the Olympic kingdom, and humans the world over. But can such an inept team of losers finally win when it counts? Funny, rude, and planted smack in modern times, God Awful Loser is a new chapter on the ancient gods’ bad — and hugely entertaining — choices, that will entertain readers 12 and up!

Local journalist Silvia Acevedo with her husband, fantasy illustrator Jeff Miracola, are the founders of Three Points Publishing, a Wisconsin-based imprint dedicated to producing books and art instruction videos. God Awful Loser is Acevedo's first book.

Saturday, May 9, 2 pm, at Boswell:
National Children’s Book Week Picture Book Panel with Janet Halfmann, plus Kashmira Sheth, and Jamie A. Swenson

This event is co-sponsored by MKE Teacher SPAce.

We cap off our celebration of National Children’s Book Week with a panel of picture book authors! Joining us for five-minute discussions of their books, followed by a Q&A and signing are Janet Halfmann, Jamie Swenson, and Kashmira Sheth.

Award-winning local author, Janet Halfmann, presents her latest gorgeous picture book, Animal Teachers, which explores the world’s outdoor “classrooms” and the kinds of lessons baby animals learn in them, showcasing—in an entertaining combination of science and storytelling—the teacher-student dynamic between young and adult animals as they are taught crucial skills needed to handle daily challenges.

In Kashmira Sheth’s latest picture book, Sona and the Wedding Game, Sona’s big sister is getting married and she’s been given the job of stealing the groom’s shoes, no small feat for a girl who has never attended a wedding before and is unfamiliar with this Indian tradition—as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event.

Wisconsin author Jamie A. Swenson, writer of Boom! Boom! Boom!, returns with playful interactive picture book perfect for reading aloud, If You Were a Dog, which uses spare, rhythmic, onomatopoeic text to draw in readers of all ages into the animal kingdom.

Tomorrow we'll have a list of our events for adult books this week.

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