Jerry Spinelli In Conversation with Christopher Paul Curtis

Please join us on August 4 at 6 pm MT to celebrate the launch of Dead Wednesday! Critically acclaimed and Newberry Medal-winning authors Jerry Spinelli and Christopher Paul Curtis will talk about Spinilli's new middle-grade novel, Dead Wednesday, and writing for young readers.

Tickets to this event are free! You can also purchase the book and other books by the authors below. Register for this Zoom webinar here:

*Want to watch this event with others? Come to BookBar to join our Watch Party with our children's program coordinator Marilyn! We'll be set up in the lounge with a projector and screen to see the Zoom webinar on the "big screen."*

About the Authors: Jerry Spinelli is the author of many beloved novels for young readers, including StargirlLove, StargirlMilkweedThe Warden's DaughterCrashWringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.

Christopher Paul Curtis won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for his bestselling second novel, Bud, Not Buddy. His first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, was also singled out for many awards, and has been a bestseller in hardcover and paperback. His most recent novels for Random House include The Mighty Miss MaloneMr. Chickee's Messy MissionMr. Chickee's Funny Money, and Bucking the Sarge.

About the Book: Fans of Stargirl and Maniac Magee rejoice Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli delivers a brilliant new novel about being bold, and taking charge of your life.

Worm Tarnauer has spent most of eighth grade living down to his nickname. He prefers to be out of sight, underground. He walked the world unseen. He's happy to let his best friend, Eddie, lead the way and rule the day.

And this day--Dead Wednesday--is going to be awesome. The school thinks assigning each eighth grader the name of a teenager who died in the past year and having them don black shirts and become invisible will make them contemplate their own mortality. Yeah, sure. The kids know that being invisible to teachers really means you can get away with anything. It's a day to go wild.

But Worm didn't count on Becca Finch (17, car crash). Letting this girl into his head is about to change everything.

Jerry Spinelli tells the story of the unexpected, heartbreaking, hilarious, truly epic day when Worm Tarnauer discovers his own life.

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 6:00pm
Dead Wednesday Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593306673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

Stargirl (Stargirl Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375822339
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - May 14th, 2002

Love, Stargirl (Stargirl Series #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375856440
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - April 28th, 2009

Bud, Not Buddy: (Newbery Medal Winner) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440413288
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - January 8th, 2002

The Journey of Little Charlie (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545156677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 4th, 2021

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385382946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - August 6th, 2013