For the first program, September 21, we have two of Philly's best writers for young adults and middle grades who will read from and discuss their latest novels.
In HELLO, UNIVERSE, the newest celebrated middle-grades novel by ERIN ENTRADA KELLY, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his loud and boisterous family. Valencia Somerset is deaf, smart, brave, and secretly lonely. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic whose little sister Gen is always following her around. And Chet Bullens thinks they’re all a bunch of weirdos. They aren’t friends—not until Chet pulls a prank that puts Virgil in danger, leading the others on an epic quest to find him.
In RIDING CHANCE by CHRISTINE KENDALL, Troy learns that life is full of chances—and his opportunity arrives in a way he never expected. After taking a wrong turn, he’s forced to endure something worse than any juvenile detention he can imagine—he’s sent to the city stables and made to take care of horses. It’s a disgusting, gritty job. Yet in this unlikely setting he discovers a new dedication and new friends. Set in present-day Philadelphia, Kendall’s stunning debut is a hero’s journey through uncertain city streets, the challenges of brotherhood, and the chances we all take to find ourselves.
The event includes discussion, book signings, and free snacks.
PLUS: Special young guest readers from Mighty Writers!
Mighty Writers West is at 3861 Lancaster Avenue (corner of 39th Street) in West Philly. Phone: 267-244-4005.