LV Book Fest - Magnificent Middle Grade

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Registration is required due to limited session capacity.

Book sales are encouraged through Let’s Play Books Bookstore. 

Middle-grade fiction refers to books written for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, and often feature a 9-13 year-old protagonist. Though they can tackle difficult issues like divorce or bullying, they tend to feature a generally hopeful (and often laugh-out-loud) tone.

Author Paul Acampora will lead a discussion with three best-selling writers about their brand new middle-grade novels. 

Donna Gephart, Abby Tried & True
Dan Gutman, Houdini and Me
Jordan Sonnenblick, The Boy Who Failed Show & Tell 

This session is appropriate for Parents, Students, and Educators.

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Donna Gephart's love for libraries and reading led her to a career as an award-winning children's book author for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House and Holiday House. Donna Gephart’s award-winning middle-grade novels include Lily and Dunkin, Death by Toilet Paper, How to Survive Middle School, The Paris Project, and others. She’s a popular speaker at schools, conferences, and book festivals. Visit her online at

Dan Gutman grew up in New Jersey loving sports, which inspired him as an adult to write his baseball card book series, which begins with Honus & Me, which was nominated for eleven state awards and adapted for television. Other titles of his include the My Weird School series, The Genius Files series, The Kid Who Ran for President, and much more. 

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, After Ever After, Notes from the Midnight Driver, Zen and the Art of Faking It, Falling Over Sideways, The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade and most recently, The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell. 

Paul Acampora writes novels and short stories for young readers. Kids, parents, and critics praise his work for its laugh-out-loud humor, rollicking dialogue, and heartfelt characters. His books include Defining Dulcie, Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face, I Kill the Mockingbird, How to Avoid Extinction, Confusion Is Nothing New, and most recently, Danny Constantino's First (and maybe last?) Date.  Paul is a dad, husband, former kindergarten teacher, and lives in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.


Event date: 

Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

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Abby, Tried and True Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534440890
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Houdini and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823445158
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Published: Holiday House - March 2nd, 2021

The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338647235
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

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Danny Constantino's First (and Maybe Last?) Date Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984816610
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Published: Dial Books - July 14th, 2020

Go Be Wonderful! Cover Image
By Donna Gephart, Francesca Chessa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823445110
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Published: Holiday House - March 30th, 2021

PRE-ORDER - March 30