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Saturday, October 13 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Middle Grade: Ghosts, Golems, and Gigantic Lizards

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It’s almost Halloween, and we’re getting in the mood with a session that’s all about spirits, the supernatural, and unexpected magic--some benevolent, some less so. Daniel José Older’s Dactyl Hill Squad is a Civil War novel with a twist--this time the conflict is being fought on the backs of dinosaurs, and kids can save the day! Camille DeAngelis’s middle-grade debut, The Boy from Tomorrow, is about a boy and a girl who become friends--even though they live a century apart. An even more unusual friendship is at the heart of Jonathan Auxier’s historical fantasy Sweep, in which a big-hearted soot golem helps save Nan, the young chimney sweep who loves him. And in Small Spaces, Katherine Arden’s launch of a Vermont-set quartet of spooky seasonal tales, scarecrows and hay mazes usher a menacing past into the present. Whether your tastes run toward the spine-tingling or you like just a hint of magic, you’ll find something to enjoy at this session, hosted by Stacy Collins from Simmons University.

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Stacy Collins

Anastasia “Stacy” Collins is an academic liaison librarian at the Simmons College Beatley Library. An avid Trekkie and Gorey devotee, she holds a master's degree in children’s literature and a master's degree in library and information science. Collins reviews for Kirkus Reviews... Read More →

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Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden is the author of the dark and whimsical Winternight trilogy that reimagines myth and being a woman in Medieval Russia. The first in the series and her debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, was a bestseller that Booklist called “utterly bewitching” in a starred... Read More →
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Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier is an award-winning author of fantastical books for children. His 2012 debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is about a blind orphan in Victorian London who finds a set of magical eyes that allow him to see a unseen world. His second book, the Victorian ghost... Read More →
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Camille DeAngelis

Camille DeAngelis is a writer of the fantastic and unusual. Her 2015 young adult novel about teenage cannibals, Bones and All, won the Alex Award in 2016. She is also the author of Immaculate Heart (2016); Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger... Read More →
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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is a Latino author who has taken all reading levels by storm with his gritty approach to fantasy literature. His first novel, Half-Resurrection Blues, an urban fantasy and the first in his Bone Street Rumba series, was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
BPL McKim Lower Level B Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, USA