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A Queendom Under the Sea

In Sea Sirens by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee, young readers take an underwater fantasy adventure

Illustrator Janet K. Lee will celebrate the release of the graphic novel Sea Sirens, her collaboration with comic book writer Amy Chu, at Parnassus Books in Nashville on June 11.

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Celebrating Your “You-ness”

Marianne Richmond celebrates individuality in Hooray for You!

For more than two decades, Franklin-based author-illustrator Marianne Richmond has been creating books that celebrate children and family. Richmond will visit Parnassus Books on June 1 to share her newest picture book, Hooray for You!, with children and their families.

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It’s OK to Roar

Courage and persistence win the day in Natalie Lloyd’s delightful new fable for children

In Over the Moon, the latest middle-grade novel from Chattanooga writer Natalie Lloyd, Mallie Ramble lives in a mountainous land blanketed by Dust, a mysterious substance that has completely blotted out the stars. In this charming allegory, Lloyd highlights themes of family love, friendship, loyalty, courage, and persistence.

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The Ball is Your Heart

Kwame Alexander talks with Chapter 16 about basketball, family, and the rules of life

In this interview, which first appeared at Chapter 16 in 2015, Kwame Alexander reflects on basketball, music, political consciousness, and the challenges and rewards of writing. Alexander will appear at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library in Memphis on April 22 and at Lipscomb University in Nashville on April 23. 

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Being Neighborly the Maggie Valley Way

Kerry Madden-Lunsford returns to the Smoky Mountains in her new picture book

East Tennessee native Kerry Madden-Lunsford visits Parnassus Books on April 14 to share her newest picture book, Ernestine’s Milky Way, with young readers.

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Learning How to Be Patient and Daring

A transplant survivor navigates the choppy waters of love in Ashley Herring Blake’s new middle-grade novel

Life is more than a little complicated for the twelve-year-old protagonist of Ashley Herring Blake’s new middle-grade novel, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James. Once Sunny makes it through her heart transplant, she faces even bigger hurdles. Blake will appear at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 26.

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