Children & YA

Three Girls, One Summer

An unlikely trio of friends in Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale search for trust and healing

by Tracy Barrett

May 3, 2016 In Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to small-town Florida to explore the relationship among three very different girls, each struggling with a difficult personal story. DiCamillo will discuss her seventh novel at the Nashville Public Library on May 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. and at the Memphis Public Library on May 8, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Different Drums

Writing as E.F. Abbott, children’s author Kristin O’Donnell Tubbs transforms a legend into a lesson in John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy

by Win Bassett

April 19, 2016 The fourth book in Macmillan’s “Based on a True Story” series for middle-grade readers, John Lincoln Clem: Civil War Drummer Boy, is the tale of Johnny Clem, a drummer boy for the Union side during the Battle of Shiloh. Writing under the pseudonym of E.F. Abbott, Williamson County author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb tells a story that’s something less than history and something more than fiction. Tubb will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 24, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Gotta Dance

In Brooks Benjamin's debut children's novel, a seventh-grader faces some hard choices as he tries to figure out friendship, loyalty, and what it means to be true to yourself

by Tracy Barrett

April 13, 2016 In Brooks Benjamin’s middle-grade novel, My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights, twelve-year-old Dillon Parker wants to compete for a scholarship to dance school, but his freestyle crew thinks dance schools are for losers. Benjamin will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 16, 2016.

Published Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A Day with Daddy

Nashville children’s author Josh Bledsoe celebrates fatherhood with his debut picture book

by Julie Danielson

April 6, 2016 Josh Bledsoe brings readers a gender-bending day of adventure between a father and his daughter in Hammer and Nails, his debut picture book illustrated by Jessica Warrick. Bledsoe will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on April 9, 2016, at noon.

Published Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Dirty, Mangled, Smelly—and as Beautiful as Any Treasure

William Joyce takes young readers on an epic journey to rescue a beloved toy

by Julie Danielson

April 5, 2016 Bestselling author-illustrator William Joyce discusses his epic new children’s novel, Ollie’s Odyssey, a tale of love and remembrance. Joyce will appear at Christ the King School in Nashville on April 12, 2016, at 6 p.m., and at The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis on April 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 5 April 2016


by Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

March 28, 2016 Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay is a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School, and she has been writing for as long as she can remember with the help of her creative and supportive parents. In 2015, she served as the first-ever Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, and her work is under contract with Penmanship Books. She will read from this is our war at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 1, 2016, at 6 p.m.

Published Monday, 28 March 2016

Mother, Father, Teacher, God

In Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way by William M. Akers, an epic and hilarious battle of wills ensues between a child and his domineering teacher

by Kathryn Justice Leache

March 8, 2016 The struggle is real for Toby Wilcox, a fourth-grader at the McKegway School for Clever and Gifted Children. In Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way by William M. Akers, spirited and independent Toby clashes with the overbearing and inflexible Mrs. Ravenbach, leading to an end-of-the-year showdown. Akers will read from his debut middle-grade novel at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 12, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Published Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Reading as Life Practice

In Forest of Wonders Newbery winner Linda Sue Park gives middle-grade readers an imaginative place for considering moral dilemmas

by Beth Waltemath

March 7, 2016 Forest of Wonders is the first book in Linda Sue Park’s new fantasy trilogy, Wing and Claw. The Newbery winner will give a free public reading from her latest novel for middle-grade readers at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Monday, 7 March 2016

The Human Essence of War

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has won a Newbery Honor Award, one of the highest distinctions in children’s literature

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

March 3, 2016 Aimed at middle-grade readers, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War That Saved My Life tells the story of Ada and Jamie, two inner-city British children who are evacuated to the English countryside to keep them safe from Hitler’s bombing attacks on London. Bradley will discuss her Newbery Honor book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, 3 March 2016

Dreaming of a Bigger World

Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King is a story of both support systems and past poisons

by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

March 2, 2016 “What a special place I have in my heart for [those] who dream of a bigger world than the one they inhabit,” writes Nashville novelist Jeff Zentner in his debut young-adult novel, The Serpent King. Zentner will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 8, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

Published Wednesday, 2 March 2016

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