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In his new middle-grade novel, Alan Gratz illuminates the universal plight of refugees

Alan Gratz has distilled the horrors of Nazi Germany, Castro’s Cuba, and the Syrian refugee crisis into a beautifully written, heart-wrenching balancing act between three pre-teen protagonists separated by decades but united by courage. Gratz will discuss Refugee at the Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Boy, Interrupted

Martin Wilson’s We Now Return to Regular Life returns an abducted boy to his family

Martin Wilson’s We Now Return to Regular Life is the powerful story of Sam Walsh, a fourteen-year-old boy who is reunited with his family after three years in captivity. With determination and strength, he surprises them all. Wilson will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on August 10.

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A Girl Named Ruby Clyde

In Corabel Shofner’s Almost Paradise, a young girl confronts a crisis

When fierce, independent Ruby Clyde Henderson finds herself abandoned far from home, she must learn to accept the care of others. Corabel Shofner will read from her debut middle-grade novel, Almost Paradise, at Parnassus Books on July 25 at 6:30 p.m., and at the 2017 Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Nashville October 13-15.

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Twenty-Nine—and Counting

Humanities Tennessee introduces a stellar lineup for the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books

Humanities Tennessee has announced a roster of award-winning, bestselling authors to headline the twenty-ninth annual Southern Festival of Books, which will take place in Nashville October 13-15. It’s shaping up to be our best year yet!

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When Good Girls Go Bad

Amanda K. Morgan takes readers on a wild ride in her latest young adult novel

Amanda K. Morgan’s second young-adult release, Such a Good Girl, is a suspense-filled story with a surprise ending that will have readers going back to the novel for days afterward. Morgan will be at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 24 at 2 p.m.

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Cheering for the Underdog

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s new middle-grade novel asks whether a pit bull with a past can become an American hero

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s A Dog Like Daisy follows one dog’s struggle to overcome her own unhappy past and ease the pain of a veteran with PTSD. The launch party for A Dog Like Daisy will be held June 22 at 4 p.m. at the Kings’ Chapel Clubhouse in Arrington.

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