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VIRTUAL: A Spooky Night Just For Kids

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Donna Washington, Kashmira Sheth, Steven Banks, Josh Allen discuss their spooky books for kids just in time for Halloween.

BOO STEW

Award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington has cooked up a delightfully spooky fractured fairy tale with a diverse cast of characters and an imaginative twist on the classic "Goldilocks."

Curly Locks is a good-hearted girl, but she's an awful cook. All the townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her culinary concoctions--like the batwing brownies and toad eye toffees. So when one of her dishes goes missin' from her windowsill, word spreads like a kerosene fire about how the Scares have been terrorizin' the town at mealtime. They shriek "Gitchey Boo, Gitchey Bon Gitchey Goo, Gitchey Gone " and send folk runnin' from their dinner plates.

With everyone else tremblin' and squawkin' about the Scares, Curly Locks gets an inklin'. Can she use her smarts and unique talents to help corral those Scares for good?

Internationally known, award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington uses her tremendous skill to breathe new life into the classic Goldilocks tale. Her clever, can-do protagonist and joyful language paired with Jeffrey Ebbeler's charming, imaginative illustrations will tempt readers into a ghostly, yet enchanting landscape that they won't want to leave

NINA SONI, HALLOWEEN QUEEN

Halloween hijinks reign supreme in this fourth installment of Kashmira Sheth's series starring Nina Soni, a charming, distractible Indian-American girl, and her family and friends.

Halloween brings out Nina Soni's competitive spirit. Her friend Jay has a great costume planned, so--of course--Nina has to come up with an even better idea. A bunch of old boxes in the basement inspires her to create an impressively scary haunted house, for which she can charge admission. So what could possibly go wrong for the Halloween Queen?

In Nina Soni, #OwnVoices author Kashmira Sheth has created an endearing heroine and charming stories of family, friendship, and her efforts to manage her life with lists, definitions, and more. A fun read for STEAM enthusiasts

MIDDLE SCHOOL BITES: OUT FOR BLOOD

Eleven-year-old Tom was bit by a vampire, a werewolf, and a zombie right before the first day of middle school. It was a weird and crazy day. And he didn’t even get excused from sixth grade!

Now he’s being hunted down by the werewolf that bit him. Should Tom join a wolf pack? On the one hand, he could give up school and homework forever. (He really doesn’t want to do his history report.) On the other hand, he’d miss his band, his friends, and Annie, his maybe-possibly-someday girlfriend. He might even miss his big sister, Emma.

Then the vampire that bit him returns with a warning: the werewolf is dangerous. Perhaps Tom should stick with sixth grade–even if it’s mostly talent show disappointments, detention, and chicken-turkey-salami-roast beef sandwiches.

ONLY IF YOU DARE

Thirteen chilling short stories to keep you up at night--but only if you dare.

You never know what's out to get you. Though you might think you're safe from monsters and menaces, everyday objects can turn against you, too. A mysterious microwave. A threatening board game. A snowman that refuses to melt. Even your own heartbeat has its secrets. Thu-thump. Thu-thump. When you stop to listen, each beat sounds more menacing than the last.

Master storyteller Josh Allen brings thirteen nightmare scenarios to life in this page-turning collection that's perfect for budding horror junkies. In his wondrous world, danger waits behind every doorway . . . even in the most ordinary places.

Eerie illustrations by award-winning artist Sarah Coleman accompany the stories, packaged in a stunning hardcover edition complete with glow-in-the-dark jacket. Readers will sleep with one eye open.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Boo Stew Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682632215
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - September 1st, 2021

Nina Soni, Halloween Queen Cover Image
By Kashmira Sheth, Jenn Kocsmiersky (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781682632284
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - September 1st, 2021

Middle School Bites: Out for Blood Cover Image
By Steven Banks, Mark Fearing (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780823446162
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2021

Only If You Dare: 13 Stories of Darkness and Doom Cover Image
By Josh Allen, Sarah J. Coleman (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780823449064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2021