Sunday, September 20, 2015

Author visit for middle school!

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders are looking forward to our visit from Jake Halpern (journalist for The New Yorker and commentator on NPR and This American Life) and Peter Kujawinski (well-traveled diplomat) on Monday, September 28th, to talk about their book Nightfall, one of the most anticipated young adult books of 2015 (Mashable)!  Their previous books, the Dormia series, have been very popular in our school library.  Suspense, fantasy and survival are the order of the day in their latest endeavor. From the publisher:
On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.
Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.
Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.
Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.
And it may already be too late.
Pre-order forms were send home all week to middle school students and will be accepted until Tuesday.  Books pre-ordered will be autographed and distributed the day the authors visit.  As if this cliffhanger isn't enough, there is added incentive: all students who purchase a copy or check it out from the library will be invited to a special book club lunch later this fall (we need time to read the book)!  We are so lucky, the book isn't even in stores yet and Stone will be one of the first on the author tour.  Thank you to our community supporter, The Book Cellar, our wonderful partner who helps to make these visits possible!

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