Secrets to Surviving Middle School | Chris Baron, Nicole D. Collier, Nancy Tandon & Heather Clark

TKE is proud to partner with Tween Author Boot Camp for a special virtual event featuring four middle grade authors who will discuss Secrets to Surviving Middle School.

Do you ever wish there were a manual to help you survive middle school? Who knew that answers could be found in fiction? Join four middle grade contemporary authors for an evening of learning and laughter. Chris Baron, Heather Clark, Nicole D. Collier, and Nancy Tandon will share personal embarrassing moments from their own middle school years, and secrets to survival from their book characters. Come prepared to ask questions about how these authors made it through middle school, and discover new and upcoming middle grade books that can inspire you as you make this year in middle school a success!

This free, virtual event will take place on Zoom and you must reserve your spot on Eventbrite here. You will receive your Zoom link 24 hours before the event. 

About the books:

The Magical Imperfect

Etan has stopped speaking since his mother left. His father and grandfather don’t know how to help him. His friends have given up on him.

When Etan is asked to deliver a grocery order to the outskirts of town, he realizes he’s at the home of Malia Agbayani, also known as the Creature. Malia stopped going to school when her acute eczema spread to her face, and the bullying became too much.

As the two become friends, other kids tease Etan for knowing the Creature. But he believes he might have a cure for Malia’s condition, if only he can convince his family and hers to believe it too. Even if it works, will these two outcasts find where they fit in?

Lemon Drop Falls:

Morgan is devastated by her mother’s sudden death. Before, Mom’s amazing organizational skills kept the family on track, and her bowl of lemon drops was always on hand to make difficult conversations easy, turning life’s sour into sweet. After, there’s no one to help Morgan navigate her new role caring for her younger siblings, her worries about starting junior high, and her increasingly confusing friendships. All she can do is try to fulfill her mother’s final request: Keep them safe, Morgan. Be brave for them. Help them be happy.

When Dad insists on taking the family on their regular summer camping trip, and Morgan’s efforts to keep her promise to Mom seem doomed to fail, Morgan’s anxiety spirals into a panic attack, and Dad treats her like she’s impossibly broken. Unable to share her fears and needs with Dad, and desperate to prove she’s got the strength to hold the family together, Morgan sets off alone to hike a flooding canyon trail. But somewhere on that lonely and dangerous journey, Morgan will encounter the truth about the final words her mother left her, the power in finding her own voice, and the possibility of new beginnings.

Just Right Jillian:

Fifth grader Jillian will do just about anything to blend in, including staying quiet even when she has the right answer. After she loses a classroom competition because she won't speak up, she sets her mind on winning her school's biggest competition. But breaking out of her shell is easier said than done, and Jillian has only a month to keep her promise to her grandmother and prove to herself that she can speak up and show everyone her true self. 

A warm and relatable middle grade debut novel about family, friendship, and finding the confidence to break free from the crowd and be who you truly are. 

The Way I Say It:

Rory still can't say his r's, but that's just the beginning of his troubles. First Rory's ex-best-friend Brent started hanging out with the mean lacrosse kids. But then, a terrible accident takes Brent out of school, and Rory struggles with how to feel.

Rory and his new speech teacher put their heads together on Rory's r's (as well as a serious love of hard rock and boxing legend Muhammad Ali), but nobody seems to be able to solve the problem of Rory's complicated feelings about Brent. Brent's accident left him with a brain injury and he's struggling. Should Rory stand up for his old friend at school--even after Brent failed to do the same for him?

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
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The Magical Imperfect Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250767820
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 15th, 2021

Lemon Drop Falls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631635793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jolly Fish Press - February 15th, 2022

Just Right Jillian Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358434610
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Versify - February 15th, 2022

The Way I Say It Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623541330
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - January 18th, 2022