Jacqueline Davies & Deborah Hocking with Ali Benjamin

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From the bestselling author of THE LEMONADE WAR series, Jacqueline Davies, comes a charming new chapter book series, SYDNEY AND TAYLOR. In a virtual event Jacqueline will be joined by illustrator Deborah Hocking to celebrate their new book, SYDNEY AND TAYLOR EXPLORE THE WORLD, a laugh-out-loud story about a skunk and a hedgehog who set out from their cozy burrow to discover the world. During the event, Jacqueline and Deborah will discuss the inspiration for their book and their journey toward publishing with National Book Award finalist for THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH, Ali Benjamin. 

Jacqueline Davies has signed bookplates for everyone who purchases her new book, SYDNEY AND TAYLOR EXPLORE THE WORLD, from An Unlikely Story, while supplies last. 

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Best-selling author Jacqueline Davies tells the story of two unlikely friends: Sydney and Taylor, a skunk and a hedgehog who strike out to discover the great unknown, despite how afraid they are of it. Charming full-color illustrations and a laugh-out-loud story make this chapter book perfect for fans of the Mercy Watson and Owl Diaries series.

Sydney is a skunk and Taylor is a hedgehog, but no matter how odd the pairing may seem, their friendship comes naturally. They live happily in their cozy burrow . . . until the day Taylor gets his Big Idea to go see the Whole Wide World. From mountains taller than a hundred hedgehogs, valleys wider than a thousand skunks, to the dangers that lie in the human world, Sydney and Taylor wanted to see it all. With a map and a dream, they bravely set off, soon discovering that the world is much bigger than they realized . . .

Jacqueline Davies is the talented writer of several novels and picture books, including The Lemonade War series and The Boy Who Drew Birds. Ms. Davies lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.

Deborah Hocking has illustrated many children’s books including Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver DamThe Great Henry Hopendower, and Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert. When she’s not drawing, you can find her taking her sweet spotted pup for a hike, renovating her 100-year-old cottage, or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Event date: 
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358106319
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

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Sydney and Taylor Take a Flying Leap Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358106357
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

The Lemonade War (The Lemonade War Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547237657
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2009

The Thing About Jellyfish Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316380843
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

Signed Copies

Due to the nature of virtual events, signed copies may not always be available. Information about signed copies will be included in the event description.

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