Jasmine Warga with Ann Braden

Newbery Honor-winner Jasmine Warga and Ann Braden, author of the beloved novel THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS, take our virtual stage to share their new middle grade novels THE SHAPE OF THUNDER and FLIGHT OF THE PUFFIN. Jasmine's THE SHAPE OF THUNDER is a deeply moving story about friendship and loss—and how believing in impossible things can help us heal. Ann's FLIGHT OF THE PUFFIN is a heart-warming novel about how one small act of kindness ripples out to connect for kids dealing with bullies, unaccepting families, and the hole that grief leaves. During the event, Jasmine and Ann will discuss inspiration for their new books and answer audience questions. Save your spot in the free event below. 

Jasmine and Ann have kindly autographed bookplates for everyone who purchases their new books from An Unlikely Story, while supplies last.

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An extraordinary new novel from Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor–winning author of Other Words for Home, about loss and healing—and how friendship can be magical.

Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Quinn, in a year.

Despite living next door to each other, they exist in separate worlds of grief. Cora is still grappling with the death of her beloved sister in a school shooting, and Quinn is carrying the guilt of what her brother did.

On the day of Cora’s twelfth birthday, Quinn leaves a box on her doorstep with a note. She has decided that the only way to fix things is to go back in time to the moment before her brother changed all their lives forever—and stop him.

In spite of herself, Cora wants to believe. And so the two former friends begin working together to open a wormhole in the fabric of the universe. But as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of time travel to save their siblings, they learn that the magic of their friendship may actually be the key to saving themselves.

The Shape of Thunder is a deeply moving story, told with exceptional grace, about friendship and loss—and how believing in impossible things can help us heal.

One small act of kindness ripples out to connect four kids in this stirring novel by the author of the beloved The Benefits of Being an Octopus.

Libby comes from a long line of bullies. She wants to be different, but sometimes that doesn’t work out. To bolster herself, she makes a card with the message You are amazing. That card sets off a chain reaction that ends up making a difference in the lives of some kids who could also use a boost—be it from dealing with bullies, unaccepting families, or the hole that grief leaves. Receiving an encouraging message helps each kid summon up the thing they need most, whether it’s bravery, empathy, or understanding. Because it helps them realize they matter—and that they're not flying solo anymore.

Jasmine Warga's debut middle grade book, Other Words for Home, is a Newbery Honor Book. She is the author of the novels for teens My Heart and Other Black Holes, which has been translated into over twenty languages, and Here We Are Now. She lives and writes in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can visit Jasmine online at www.jasminewarga.com.

Ann Braden is also the author of The Benefits of Being an Octopus, which was an NPR Best Book of 2018 and is currently on 10 state lists. She founded the Local Love Brigade, which has chapters all over the country sending love postcards to those who are facing hate. She also founded GunSenseVT, a grassroots group championing the common ground on the issue of guns in Vermont, which helped pass landmark gun violence prevention legislation. She is a former middle school teacher, the co-host of the children's book podcast "Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide," and a co-organizer of #KidsNeedMentors. Ann lives in southern Vermont with her husband, two children, and two insatiable cats named Boomer and Justice.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
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The Shape of Thunder By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062956675
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 11th, 2021

Flight of the Puffin By Ann Braden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984816061
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - May 4th, 2021

The Benefits of Being an Octopus: A Novel By Ann Braden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510757677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sky Pony - May 4th, 2021