CANCELED: Erin Soderberg Downing with Elly Swartz

**Due to the impending storm, we've had to cancel our event with Erin and Elly. We're so disappointed but hope to welcome them back another time. 

We’re so excited to be hosting Erin Soderberg Downing to discuss her new middle grade novel, Just Keep Walking! Wild meets Gilmore Girls on the trail, Just Keep Walking is a story of resilience and the restorative power of wilderness and nature. Erin will be in conversation with fellow author Elly Swartz. 

If you're not able to make the event, you can order a signed and personalized copy by clicking on the book below. Add "Signed Copy" and how you'd like the book personalized in the comments section of your order. 

Two years after her parents’ surprising and painful split, twelve-year-old Jo and her mom find themselves on the 100-mile hike on the Superior Hiking Trail along Lake Superior’s north shore—a journey that Jo had always looked forward to hiking with her dad. It’s not a situation that either of them ever predicted they’d find themselves in, yet here they are in the wilderness with their entire lives stuffed into a pair of thirty-pound packs.

Along the trail, they’ll suffer through endless aches and pains, scorching heat, and crippling self-doubt. They’ll encounter bears, moose, and other wildlife and meet and collect an assortment of unlikely friends. Day after day, Jo will battle the incessant thoughts that come in and out of her head. But as one obstacle after the next continue to test her strength and ultimate survival, Jo will have to confront her greatest fears head on and learn how to be alone.

What begins as a journey to prove to her father that she and her mom can make it on their own turns into a quest to rediscover their strength, build resilience, and prove that they can survive—both for themselves and for each other.

Erin Soderberg Downing grew up exploring the forests and lakes of Northern Minnesota, and to this day, her best ideas for stories often come to her deep in the woods, where she can find plenty of creative space to explore and imagine. She has written more than fifty books, including The Great Peach Experiment series (a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection), the magical middle-grade novel Moon Shadow, and the Puppy Pirates chapter book series. Erin currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, three adventurous kids, and two very fluffy dogs.

Elly Swartz lives in Massachusetts and is happily married with two grown sons, a beagle named Lucy, and a pup named Baxter Bean. Dear Student, called a "heartfelt story with a fresh plot" by Parents Magazine, was her latest novel. She is also the author of Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, and Give and Take, novels for middle-grade readers.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Just Keep Walking By Erin Soderberg Downing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338851397
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - February 6th, 2024

The Great Peach Experiment 1: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Peach Pie By Erin Soderberg Downing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645950356
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Pixel+Ink - March 29th, 2022

Controlled Burn By Erin Soderberg Downing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338776065
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Scholastic Press - November 1st, 2022