Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Tracy Barrett

Sometimes You Can Go Home Again

Helene Dunbar discusses her latest YA novel, Boomerang

Teenagers often have questions about their identity, but Sean Woodhouse is more confused than most. In the five years since he disappeared from home, he’s acquired a new name, a new family, and a new relationship. Helene Dunbar will discuss Boomerang, her new young-adult novel, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 9.

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The Whuffo’s Guide to Skydiving

Excerpt: Freefall Summer

Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy’s father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad’s rules and her boyfriend’s protectiveness, she’s longing for an escape. Then she meets Denny. Freefall Summer is coming in April from Nashville’s Tracy Barrett.

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A Pox on Both Their Houses

Emily Henry’s A Million Junes is a not-quite familiar tale of lovers from feuding families

Emily Henry’s second novel, A Million Junes, gives a new twist to the Romeo and Juliet story. Henry will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 19, in conversation with Nashville YA authors David Arnold and Jeff Zentner, at 6:30 p.m.

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Three Girls, One Summer

An unlikely trio of friends in Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale search for trust and healing

May 3, 2016 In Raymie Nightingale, two-time Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to small-town Florida to explore the relationship among three very different girls, each struggling with a difficult personal story. DiCamillo will discuss her seventh novel at the Nashville Public Library on May 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. and at the Memphis Public Library on May 8, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.

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Gotta Dance

In Brooks Benjamin’s debut children’s novel, a seventh-grader faces some hard choices as he tries to figure out friendship, loyalty, and what it means to be true to yourself

April 13, 2016 In Brooks Benjamin’s middle-grade novel, My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights, twelve-year-old Dillon Parker wants to compete for a scholarship to dance school, but his freestyle crew thinks dance schools are for losers. Benjamin will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on April 16, 2016.

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Mystery and Adventure at … the Library?

Chris Grabenstein’s eccentric librarian, Mr. Lemoncello, returns to test rival teams of young bibliophiles

February 11, 2016 The nonstop action in Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics will captivate middle-grade readers, and the puzzles and challenges posed to its young heroes (and anti-heroes) will keep them guessing until the end. Chris Grabenstein will discuss his sequel to the New York Times-bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Brentwood on February 16, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.

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