Three of the authors whose books are featured on the most recent “New York Times” best sellers list for children’s chapter books will speak throughout Chicagoland this week.
Maggie Stiefvater will share excerpts from her latest novel, “The Raven Boys,” which debuts at No. 8 on the “New York Times” best sellers list after its Sept. 18 release. It’s the story of a girl named Blue, the daughter of the town psychic, who has been told ever since she was small that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Then, on St. Mark’s Eve, she sees the ghost of a boy—not yet dead—from Aglionby Academy.
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue,” her aunt Neeve tells her. “Either you’re his true love, or you killed him.”
Stiefvater, whose bestselling “Wolves of Mercy Falls” series drew standing-room only crowds at her most recent Chicagoland appearances, will sign copies of “The Raven Boys” today at 2 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson, Naperville, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a joint appearance with bestselling young adult author Libba Bray at The Book Market, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview.
Read an excerpt of “The Raven Boys,” and learn more about Stiefvater on her website. At Anderson’s Bookshop, purchase of one of Stiefvater’s novels is required to reserve a spot in the signing line; call (630) 355-2665.
Libba Bray, whose book “Going Bovine” won the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Young Adult Literature, will present excerpts from her latest novel, “The Diviners,” which debuts at No. 10 on the “New York Times” best sellers list after its Sept. 18 release.
“The Diviners” is the story of a girl named Evie who holds a supernatural power that could help the city of New York track down a serial killer—but finds that “something dark and evil has awakened.”
Bray will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville and in a joint appearance with Stiefvater at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Book Market in Glenview. At Anderson’s Bookshop, purchase of one of Bray’s novels is required to reserve a spot in the signing line; call (630) 355-2665.
Learn more about “The Diviners” on Bray’s website, and read an excerpt from the novel.
Tim Green, formerly a star defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons who is also a lawyer and a bestselling author, hits the “New York Times” best seller’s list for children’s chapters book in the No. 2 spot with his first children’s book, “Unstoppable.” It’s the story of a foster kid living in a cruel home whose luck begins to change when he’s placed with a new family—this time, with a football coach as a foster father.
“Harrison’s big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior-high-school team. In no time, he’s practically unstoppable. But Harrison’s good luck can’t last forever,” the promotional copy for the book reads.
Green will share excerpts from “Unstoppable” and sign copies of the book at 7 p.m. Thursday at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.
Green, who was adopted and wrote a memoir about finding his biological mother, “A Man and His Mother: An Adopted Son’s Search,” http://www.timgreenbooks.com/index-adult.php is known as the “Renaissance Man” of sports for his academic accomplishments and his skills in writing, speaking, and analysis. He lives in Skaneateles Lake in upstate New York with his wife and five children.
Purchase of one of Green’s novels at Anderson’s Bookshop is required to reserve a spot in the signing line; call (630) 355-2665. Find out more about Green and his books on his website.