Christina Soontornvat and Sarah Mlynowski In-Person

September 9 @ 7 PM

Anderson's Bookshop - Naperville
123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL

 

Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an in-person event and book signing with authors Christina Soontornvat and Sarah Mlynowski to celebrate the release of their new middle-grade novels, The Tryout and Best Wishes, on Friday, September 9th at 7pm CT. Christina and Sarah will be in conversation together, take audience questions, and then have a signing line with the opportunity to take a photo with the authors. 

 

Extra copies of both books will be available at the event, but only the purchase of one book is necessary for admission! 

 

This event will be held in our Naperville store location, and pre-registration is required as space is limited.

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More about THE TRYOUT by Christina Soontornvat

From two-time Newbery Honoree and Kirkus Prize winner Christina Soontornvat, and stellar new talent, Joanna Cacao, comes a high stakes, highly relatable graphic novel about courage and competition, friendship and belonging, and learning to feel comfortable in your own skin. Perfect for fans of New KidRollergirl, and Real Friends.

 

Trying out for middle school cheerleader means: performing in the giant school gym, with the whole school watching, and risking total humiliation. If Christina can make it through this, she can make it through anything. As one of the only Asian American kids in her small Texas town, Christina just wants to fit in. Luckily, her best friend, Megan, who is Iranian American, can totally relate. The two girls have always been inseparable and relish creating elaborate fantasy worlds together. But middle school is a reality-check, and suddenly popularity is way more important than playing pretend. When cheerleading tryouts are announced, Christina and Megan literally jump at the chance to join the squad. But does fitting in actually equal belonging? Will they survive the terrifying tryouts? And most importantly, will their friendship withstand the pressures of heated competition and rivalry? ​​​​​​​ Hilarious and heartfelt, The Tryout is Christina Soontornvat's personal story, sure to make you laugh, cry, and cheer!

About the Author

Christina Soontornvat is the author of two Newbery Honor books A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen, which also won the Kirkus Prize and a Sibert Honor distinction. She is also the author of Scholastic’s beloved fantasy series Diary of an Ice Princess, and the picture books The Ramble Shamble ChildrenThe Blunders, and Simon at the Art Museum. Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Science Education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science and STEM. Christina lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two young children, and one old cat. You can learn more about her work at soontornvat.com.

 

 

More about BEST WISHES

Created by Sarah Mlynowski, the bestselling author behind Whatever After and Upside-Down Magic, this magical new series is Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for a new generation of young readers!

 

Becca Singer is having the Worst Day Ever. Her best friend, Harper, dumped her, and Becca is totally friendless and alone.

 

Then the box arrives in the mail.

 

Inside the box? One bracelet, plus a mysterious note telling Becca to make a wish. So Becca puts on the bracelet—why not, right?—and wishes to have friends. Lots of friends. So many friends.

 

And just like that, the magic works. Suddenly, EVERYONE wants to be Becca’s BFF, from all the kids at school to the teachers (!) to her own mom (!!).As things spin out of control, Becca starts to wonder: Is this wish a curse?

 

Brimming with humor, heart, and adventure, this brand-new series will grant everyone's wish for an irresistible, magical read.And look out for Books 2 and 3, where the magical bracelet gets mailed on to new girls with new wishes (with each book co-written by Sarah Mlynowski and a different author!)

 
About the Author

Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, Best WishesGimme a Call, and a bunch of other books for teens and tweens, including the Upside-Down Magic series, which she cowrites with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins and which was adapted into a movie for the Disney Channel. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit Sarah online at sarahm.com and find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @sarahmlynowski.