Adventures in the Middle: Friendships and Mysteries in Middle School

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Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Casey Lyall (Howard Wallace, P.I.), Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), and Danette Vigilante (The Trouble With Half a Moon) discuss the characters, friendships, and mysteries that provide the compelling and realistic material for their recent middle-grade novels.

Why should you attend?

“Lyall’s debut is a middle school mystery that offers a few laughs, believable characters, and enough realistic kid detecting to keep young P.I.s turning pages. Through Howard’s references to noir detective greats, readers in the target audience who have no reference points for such will begin to learn the tropes of the genre.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Debut author Standish boldly tackles themes of death, guilt, and forgiveness in this tender coming-of-age story. Readers will be riveted as Ethan, his family, and other well-developed characters face the somber realities of life head on.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Vigilante has a nice way with subplots and solid daily life details that bring the book particular warmth…the story is told with considerable appeal and accessibility, and kids won’t have to lead the same life as Dellie to recognize her travails.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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