Join Kate Messner to celebrate spring with stories for all your young readers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for kids have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate also spent fifteen years teaching middle school and earned National Board Certification in 2006. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves spending time outside, whether it’s kayaking in the summer or skating on the frozen lake when the temperatures drop.
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 14th at 2pm
LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington
ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all.
AGES: This event is perfect for ages 5-12, but absolutely all ages are welcome.
In this exuberant and lyrical follow-up to the award-winning Over and Under the Snow, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green-leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world-earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow-populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.
Meet Ranger! He's a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble...and always saves the day!
Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can't officially pass the test because he's always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam's family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives, he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger's help more than they realize!
Perfect for fans of Wendy Mass, Kate Messner’s newest middle-grade story shines with heart, humor, and a magical twist.
What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Could find out who has a crush on who? When Ava Anderson finds an old pencil, she uses it for her math quiz like any other pencil. It’s when she writes a question in the margin that the magic occurs . . . as a voice that no one else seems to hear. With the help of her best friend, Sophie, Ava figures out the rules of this pencil’s magic, and as they discover many uses for it, Ava’s reliance on its answers grows. But when the pencil reveals a scary truth about Ava’s family, she sees that the bravest people just might be those who live without all the answers.
In a story as heartfelt as it is magical, Kate Messner gives readers a glimpse at their biggest fantasy: a magical pencil that helps them navigate the ups and downs of middle school life.