Padma Venkatraman, author of the new book The Bridge Home, and Elly Schwartz, author of Smart Cookie, will be joining us for a conversation on their work, the importance of children's literature, and more. Please join us and bring your friends, your kids, and your curiosity.
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
“Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every day but also infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers and stay with them long after turning the final page.”—Aisha Saeed, author of the New York Times Bestselling Amal Unbound
Padma Venkatraman was born in Chennai, India, and became an American citizen after attaining a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and Mary. She is also the author of A Time to Dance (IBBY selection, ALA Notable, CCBC Choice, Notable Books for a Global Society winner, and South Asia Book Award Honor Book), Island’s End (ALA Best Book of the Year, ALA/Amelia Bloomer List selection, and CCBC Best Book), and Climbing the Stairs (Julia Ward Howe Award, Bank Street Best Book, YALSA BBYA selection, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and CCBC Choice).
Smart Cookie by Elly Swartz
"Smart Cookie has all the right ingredients: humor, mystery, friendship, ghosts, and an extra helping of heart." – Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of 11 Birthdays and A Mango-Shaped Space
From the author of Finding Perfect comes a funny, heartwarming story about the importance of family and the secrets we keep from those we love.
Elly Swartz is the author of Finding Perfect. She loves hiking, Twizzlers, writing for kids, and anything with her family. Shortly after writing a few chapters of her first book, she found inspiration in the most unexpected place. She opened her Bazooka Joe bubble gum fortune and it read, "You have the ability to become outstanding in literature." That fortune remains tacked to the bulletin board next to her desk. Elly is a graduate of Boston University and the Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in the Boston area, is happily married, and has two grown sons and a beagle named Lucy. You can find out more about her at ellyswartz.com.