Monday, November 19 at 6:30 PM
GINGER JOHNSON, REBECCA CAPRARA, SEAN EASLEY & SAMANTHA M. CLARK
speaking & signing
The Splintered Light, The Magic of Melwick Orchard, The Hotel Between &
The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast
ABOUT GINGER JOHNSON
Ginger Johnson received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College, where she studied under the tutelage of Kathi Appelt, Martine Leavitt, Sarah Ellis, and Tim Wynne-Jones. While there, she won the Marion Dane Bauer award, and in the summer of 2014 she was awarded a letter of merit from SCBWI for the WIP grant. This is her debut novel.
ABOUT THE SPLINTERED LIGHT
Ishmael lives a monotonous, colorless existence, helping his mother on their farm after the tragic death of his father. One morning, a ray of light pierces a pane of glass in the barn, fragmenting Ishmael’s gray world into a brilliant spectrum he never knew existed. This unique ability it leads him to the Hall of Hue, one of seven creative workshops at a mysterious place called the Commons. Now a Color Keeper, Ishmael begins his training: creating landscapes shaped, built, colored, and filled with scent, sound, and taste that become brand new worlds. But when an unexpected conflict threatens the rules of creation, Ishmael must use his extraordinary skill to save a new world from utter disaster. Original and gorgeously crafted, this sweeping story is perfect for fans of Kelly Barnhill and Pam Muñoz Ryan.
ABOUT REBECCA CAPRARA
Rebecca Caprara grew up in a small town surrounded by apple orchards. An avid globetrotter, she has lived in Italy, Singapore, and Canada. She is now growing roots in Massachusetts with her family.
ABOUT THE MAGIC OF MELWICK ORCHARD
After more moves than they can count, Isa's family finally puts down roots. People in town are afraid of the abandoned orchard behind their home, but Isa and her sister Junie are happy to have acres of land to explore.
But when Junie gets sick, Isa's mom falls into a depression, and medical bills force Isa's dad to work more. No one notices that Isa's clothes are falling apart and her stomach is empty.
Out of frustration, Isa buries her out-grown sneakers in the orchard. The next day a sapling sprouts buds that bloom to reveal new shoes. Can Isa use this magical tree to save her family?
ABOUT SEAN EASLEY
Sean Easley started writing in third grade because he was looking for adventure. He’s worked with kids and teens for well over a decade, listening to their stories, and somehow ended up with a Master’s degree in education along the way. Now he’s a full-time writer living with his wife and son in Texas, where he stubbornly refuses to wear cowboy boots.
ABOUT THE HOTEL BETWEEN
Twins Cam and Cass have never known their parents. They’ve been told their mother died, and Cass is certain their father abandoned them. Cam isn’t so sure. He wants to prove her wrong; he must.
Cam’s wish is soon granted in the form of a glistening, golden sign with elaborate flourishes that reads: The Hotel Between. With doors that open to countries all over the world, magical trollies, charmed corridors that can be altered on a whim, stone elephants that turn to life, sweets made from rocks; everything is possible in The Hotel. Cam has a hunch his father is somehow connected to this magical place, and may even be lost within its hidden halls.
Every journey has its risks, and The Hotel Between is full of dangerous secrets. If Cam’s not careful, his stay may be over before his vacation has even started.
ABOUT SAMANTHA M. CLARK
Samantha M. Clark Samantha M. Clark loves stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances because if four ordinary brothers and sisters can find a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, why can’t she? Until she finds her own real-life Narnia, she writes about other ordinary children and teens who’ve stumbled into a wardrobe of their own. She grew up in different countries around the world and now lives with her husband and two funny dogs in Austin, Texas. Samantha is the regional advisor for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and she explores wardrobes every chance she gets.
ABOUT THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST
A boy washes up on a mysterious, seemingly uninhabited beach. Who is he? How did he get there? The boy can’t remember. When he sees a light shining over the foreboding wall of trees that surrounds the shore, he decides to follow it, in the hopes that it will lead him to answers. The boy’s journey is a struggle for survival and a search for the truth—a terrifying truth that once uncovered, will force him to face his greatest fear of all if he is to go home.
This gripping adventure will have readers hooked until its jaw-dropping and moving conclusion. Samantha M. Clark’s first novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice.
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