Middle Grade STEAM Sci-Fi Panel

Five middle grade authors have traveled across time and space for an event that will blow your minds! With influences from science and technology, authors Nicole Valentine, Kim Long, Christine Taylor-Butler, Caroline Carlson, and Joshua S. Levy bring to life tales of outer space, teleportation, and time travel. At the event, the authors will discuss their books and the key role of science in them, answer audience questions, and sign copies.

ABOUT THE BOOKS & AUTHORS:
A Time Traveler's Theory Of Relativity by Nicole Valentine:
Finn believes in science, but only magic can help his mom. Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books—and to his best friend, Gabi—to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn's mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she's left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed, he'll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.

Nicole Valentine earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches writing workshops at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. As the former chief technology officer at Figment.com and Space.com, Nicole loves science and as a writer enjoys pondering the times when science falls short of explanation and magic has room to sneak in. When not engaged in fictional world building, Nicole can often be found with a hawk on her arm. A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity is her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

Lexi Magill And The Teleportation Tournament by Kim Long:
Twelve-year-old physics whiz Lexi Magill won't let anything stop her from winning Wisconsin's Teleportation Tournament--the annual competition where teams teleport around the world to solve science-based puzzles. She needs the prize money if she wants to re-enroll in the science academy her parents can no longer afford. Added bonus: she'll be able to reconnect with her best friend Haley. But Lexi's two teammates put a wrench in her plans. When one misreads a clue that lands the team in a castle in Germany, and the other loses her teleportation medallion in Poland, Lexi wonders what she's gotten herself into. Struggling to keep her team under control as the race rages on, Lexi not only has to figure out how to get back on course (literally), but she must decide how far she's willing to go to win, and who her real friends are. With riddles to solve and messages to decode, this interactive read won't disappoint!

Kim Long loves to write stories with a sense of adventure, a dash of magic, and a hint of science. She wrote her first book at age 10, where she combined the best parts of her favorite Choose Your Own Adventure books into a single story. When not writing, she loves playing board games, watching Star Wars movies, and riding her bike along Illinois's many trails.

The Lost Tribes: Trials (Book 3) by Christine Taylor-Butler:
With Safe Harbor under the control of a dangerous new leader, the stakes are higher than ever. Known as a "planet killer," Earth's largest supervolcano shows signs of erupting. Now the clock is ticking as the mission's timeline is reduced to only months. Ben and his friends are slammed into new roles as mission specialists and forced to complete their training as warriors in weeks instead of years. Their search for solutions takes them from a secret outpost in Antarctica to a hidden tomb in China, and even the dark side of the moon. As they fight to prevent the destruction of Earth, they finally understand what it means to be human. But is it too little, too late?

Christine Taylor-Butler is the author of more than 80 books for children, including a number of nonfiction titles for Scholastic as well as The Lost Tribes series at Move Books. A graduate of MIT, she holds dual degrees in Engineering and Art & Design. She is also collaborating with Apa Sherpa on a children's fantasy adventure set in the Himalayan mountains. Christine lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Door At The End Of The World by Caroline Carlson:
What begins as a rather unremarkable Thursday quickly turns to disaster when Lucy, the Gatekeeper's deputy, discovers that her boss has vanished, the door connecting Lucy's world to the next world over is broken—and it might all be Lucy's fault. To save the Gatekeeper and set things right, Lucy must break the rules for the first time ever and journey with an otherworldly boy, a suspiciously sneaky girl, and a crew of magical bees into the seven worlds beyond her own. But Lucy isn't the only one breaking the rules. As curiosities and dangers gather around her, she learns she's up against a sinister force that's playing with the delicate fabric of time and space, no matter what the deadly costs or consequences. Lucy's never had to save the world before—and now, somehow, she's got to find a way to save eight of them.

Caroline Carlson is the author of funny and fantastical books for young readers, including The Door At The End Of The World, The World's Greatest Detective, and the Very Nearly Honorable League Of Pirates series. She lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband and young kids.

Seventh Grade Vs. The Galaxy by Joshua S. Levy:
PSS 118 is just your typical school——except that it's a rickety old spaceship orbiting Jupiter. Jack's dad used to be the science teacher, until he got fired for tinkering with the ship. Now Jack just wants to get through the last day of school without anything else going wrong. But when the school is mysteriously attacked, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity's first light speed engine—and given Jack control of it. To save the ship, Jack catapults it hundreds of light-years away...and right into the clutches of the first aliens humans have ever seen. In Joshua S. Levy's middle grade, sci-fi novel, school hasn't just gotten out: it's gone clear across the galaxy. And now it's up to Jack and his friends to get everyone home

Joshua S. Levy was born and raised in Florida. After teaching middle school (yes, including seventh grade) for a little while, he went to law school. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey, where he practices as a lawyer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn't come up in court nearly as often as he'd like. Seventh Grade Vs. The Galaxy is his first novel.

Five middle grade authors have traveled across time and space for an event that will blow your minds! With influences from science and technology, authors Nicole Valentine, Kim Long, Christine Taylor-Butler, Caroline Carlson, and Joshua S. Levy bring to life tales of outer space, teleportation, and time travel. At the event, the authors will discuss their books and the key role of science in them, answer audience questions, and sign copies.

ABOUT THE BOOKS & AUTHORS:
A Time Traveler's Theory Of Relativity by Nicole Valentine:
Finn believes in science, but only magic can help his mom. Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books—and to his best friend, Gabi—to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn's mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she's left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed, he'll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.

Nicole Valentine earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches writing workshops at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. As the former chief technology officer at Figment.com and Space.com, Nicole loves science and as a writer enjoys pondering the times when science falls short of explanation and magic has room to sneak in. When not engaged in fictional world building, Nicole can often be found with a hawk on her arm. A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity is her debut novel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

Lexi Magill And The Teleportation Tournament by Kim Long:
Twelve-year-old physics whiz Lexi Magill won't let anything stop her from winning Wisconsin's Teleportation Tournament--the annual competition where teams teleport around the world to solve science-based puzzles. She needs the prize money if she wants to re-enroll in the science academy her parents can no longer afford. Added bonus: she'll be able to reconnect with her best friend Haley. But Lexi's two teammates put a wrench in her plans. When one misreads a clue that lands the team in a castle in Germany, and the other loses her teleportation medallion in Poland, Lexi wonders what she's gotten herself into. Struggling to keep her team under control as the race rages on, Lexi not only has to figure out how to get back on course (literally), but she must decide how far she's willing to go to win, and who her real friends are. With riddles to solve and messages to decode, this interactive read won't disappoint!

Kim Long loves to write stories with a sense of adventure, a dash of magic, and a hint of science. She wrote her first book at age 10, where she combined the best parts of her favorite Choose Your Own Adventure books into a single story. When not writing, she loves playing board games, watching Star Wars movies, and riding her bike along Illinois's many trails.

The Lost Tribes: Trials (Book 3) by Christine Taylor-Butler:
With Safe Harbor under the control of a dangerous new leader, the stakes are higher than ever. Known as a "planet killer," Earth's largest supervolcano shows signs of erupting. Now the clock is ticking as the mission's timeline is reduced to only months. Ben and his friends are slammed into new roles as mission specialists and forced to complete their training as warriors in weeks instead of years. Their search for solutions takes them from a secret outpost in Antarctica to a hidden tomb in China, and even the dark side of the moon. As they fight to prevent the destruction of Earth, they finally understand what it means to be human. But is it too little, too late?

Christine Taylor-Butler is the author of more than 80 books for children, including a number of nonfiction titles for Scholastic as well as The Lost Tribes series at Move Books. A graduate of MIT, she holds dual degrees in Engineering and Art & Design. She is also collaborating with Apa Sherpa on a children's fantasy adventure set in the Himalayan mountains. Christine lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Door At The End Of The World by Caroline Carlson:
What begins as a rather unremarkable Thursday quickly turns to disaster when Lucy, the Gatekeeper's deputy, discovers that her boss has vanished, the door connecting Lucy's world to the next world over is broken—and it might all be Lucy's fault. To save the Gatekeeper and set things right, Lucy must break the rules for the first time ever and journey with an otherworldly boy, a suspiciously sneaky girl, and a crew of magical bees into the seven worlds beyond her own. But Lucy isn't the only one breaking the rules. As curiosities and dangers gather around her, she learns she's up against a sinister force that's playing with the delicate fabric of time and space, no matter what the deadly costs or consequences. Lucy's never had to save the world before—and now, somehow, she's got to find a way to save eight of them.

Caroline Carlson is the author of funny and fantastical books for young readers, including The Door At The End Of The World, The World's Greatest Detective, and the Very Nearly Honorable League Of Pirates series. She lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband and young kids.

Seventh Grade Vs. The Galaxy by Joshua S. Levy:
PSS 118 is just your typical school——except that it's a rickety old spaceship orbiting Jupiter. Jack's dad used to be the science teacher, until he got fired for tinkering with the ship. Now Jack just wants to get through the last day of school without anything else going wrong. But when the school is mysteriously attacked, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity's first light speed engine—and given Jack control of it. To save the ship, Jack catapults it hundreds of light-years away...and right into the clutches of the first aliens humans have ever seen. In Joshua S. Levy's middle grade, sci-fi novel, school hasn't just gotten out: it's gone clear across the galaxy. And now it's up to Jack and his friends to get everyone home

Joshua S. Levy was born and raised in Florida. After teaching middle school (yes, including seventh grade) for a little while, he went to law school. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey, where he practices as a lawyer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn't come up in court nearly as often as he'd like. Seventh Grade Vs. The Galaxy is his first novel.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00pm
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