Monday, November 11, 2013


Book tours. Who does them these days? Only the lucky ones. But you know what they say about making your own luck, and the Lucky 13s are nothing if not Lucky, right? So seven of the twenty middle grade authors among us decided to organize our own mini East Coast tour. And it hits the road this week!
The idea was born back in August when Elisabeth Dahl emailed the other nineteen of us middle grade Luckies. The gist: How about we organize an event together? Or better yet, events? Seven of us were In. We Doodle-polled and Google-doc’d our way to pinning down a time frame and prospective itinerary. Those of us who lived near or had connections in our chosen locations contacted bookstores. Dates were firmed up. Not all of us could make every one, but most of us could make most. We were on our way.
And now, after months of planning, our VENTURES AND MISADVENTURES tour starts this Thursday, 11/14! We're revved up and ready to go, and hugely grateful to the store and library event organizers who so generously and enthusiastically opened their doors to us.   
So, who are “we”, what are our books, and where will we be? Read on!
 “There’s merriment and intrigue on the high seas in this debut novel… Carlson’s characters are as memorable as they are entertaining.”Publisher’s Weekly, *starred review*



The writing, especially the descriptions of the drought conditions and extreme thirst, is excellent.” —School Library Journal 

"Compassionate, optimistic, and creative, Genie overcomes conflicts with bullies and gossipers with grace and learns that she can find happiness just by being herself. Anxious upper elementary school readers will relate to Genie’s social conflicts and comfort in the book’s uncomplicated, speedy resolutions." Publisher’s Weekly

This fast-paced, action-packed romp has all the ingredients of a great mystery, and it does not leave out the angst felt by so many middle schoolers. Readers will see themselves and their friends in Sophie and her classmates, and they will have a difficult time tearing themselves away”—School Library Journal, *starred review*

JENNIFER ANN MANNSunny Sweet is So NOT Sorry

"If you love Beezus and Ramona...You know that having a little sister whose purpose in life is to annoy you is hard... and hilarious. ...Jennifer Ann Mann balances the characters' worries (being new at school, their parents' divorce) with humor."Redbook 


“Great historical fiction always feels like a gift… All the characters, dialogue, and action support each other deftly and with no filler.”VOYA Magazine *starred review*


"Richly atmospheric, this first novel paints a vivid picture of a heroine strong in her convictions and determination in the face of a centuries-old adversarial power."—Booklist


Thursday, November 14:  Richmond, VA. 
School visit, followed by event at bbgb Books, 3100 Kensington Ave, Richmond. 4 – 5 pm.
With Anne Westrick, Elisabeth Dahl, Kristen Kittscher and Melanie Crowder.

Friday, November 15:  Alexandria, VA. 
Event at Hooray for Books, 1555 King St., Alexandria. 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
With Anne Westrick, Elisabeth Dahl, Kristen Kittscher, Melanie Crowder and Kit Grindstaff.

Saturday, November 16:  Near Baltimore, MD. 
Tween writers’ workshop and Q&A at Cockeysville Public Library, 9833 Greenside Dr, Cockeysville, MD. 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
With Elisabeth Dahl, Caroline Carlson, Kristen Kittscher, Melanie Crowder, Kit Grindstaff and Anne Westrick. Book sales provided by the Ivy Bookshop.

Sunday, November 17: Doylestown, PA. 
Panel Q&A, fun and games at The Doylestown Bookshop, 16, S. Main St., Doylestown. 2:004:00 pm.  
With all seven authors: Kit Grindstaff, Elisabeth Dahl, Caroline Carlson, Kristen Kittscher, Melanie Crowder, Anne Westrick and Jennifer Ann Mann

Monday, November 18: Havertown, PA. School visit, followed by panel and public meet and greet at the Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown, PA. 4:00 pm.  
With all seven of us again.
Event organized and book sales provided by Children’s Book World, Haverford, PA.

Tuesday, November 19: In conjunction with Word Bookstore in Jersey City. Word is currently in mid-move, so details and location tbc. Probably evening, and it’s sure to be somewhere!
Watch this space…
With Kristen Kittscher, Elisabeth Dahl, Kit Grindstaff, and Jennifer Ann Mann.

Needless to say, we'll be available to sign our books at all of the above locations.

And that’s it! If you, or anyone you know, lives in any of the areas and are fans of a variety of middle grade fiction, and/or has children who are, we’d love to see you. And we'll be back on the blog for a post-tour round up by Jennifer in a couple of weeks. 

Kit Grindstaff is the author of The Flame in the Mist, a spooky, magical fantasy for lovers of middle grade fiction ages 9 to 90. A longtime professional pop song writer, Kit, who is English, lives with her husband in Pennsylvania. You can connect with her via her website, and pretty much tempt her to go anywhere there's great sushi and/or puppies.


  1. Sounds like a fantastic tour. Wish I lived near one of your stops. And thanks for sharing about it so the rest of us can learn from your experiences.

  2. Have a blast, MG'ers! I wish I could join you.

  3. What a fabulous line up of books. I live in California, so I can't attend any of the tour spots, but best of luck on drawing big crowds.

  4. WIsh you could be there too, Claire! We'll miss all the Luckies who can't join us, and we'll be sure to talk up your books!

  5. Wish you lived nearby too, Natalie. And Claire, and any others who couldn't join us, ditto what Caroline said. We'll be representing!

  6. Oh, MG Luckies on tour; have a great time!

    Another MG Lucky wishing I lived closer!

  7. Wow! So much fun! I bet you all will have a blast!

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