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Jo Watson Hackl + Carrie Ryan

Join Main Street Books in welcoming middle grades authors Jo Watson Hackl and Carrie Ryan to the store for a signing and kid-friendly survival skill lesson!


Jo Watson Hackl is the author of the middle grades Summer Okra Pick Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

All her life, Cricket’s mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama’s run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her to come back. If it exists. And if she can find it.

Cricket’s only clue is a coin from a grown-over ghost town in the woods. So with her daddy’s old guidebook and a coat full of snacks stolen from the Cash ‘n’ Carry, Cricket runs away to find the room. Surviving in the woods isn’t easy. While Cricket camps out in an old tree house and looks for clues, she meets the last resident of the ghost town, encounters a poetry-loving dog (who just might hold a key to part of the puzzle), and discovers that sometimes you have to get a little lost . . . to really find your way.

Told in the easy, laconic tone of good, Southern storytelling, Hackl’s debut rolls off the tongue and into the heart easy as warm butter on a biscuit. Lyrical and endearing, this debut is a genuine adventure tale.
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books for both middle-grade and young adult readers, including The Map to Everywhere series. In the first installment of this fantastical series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale.

The Map to Everywhere has garnered many accolades, including the following:

Booklist starred review
Publishers Weekly starred review
School Library Journal starred review
Kirkus Best Books of 2014
2014 Booklist Editors’ Choice
Junior Library Guild Selection
IndieBound Next List
SIBA Book Award Nominee

Vividly cast…. Multifaceted characters, high stakes, imaginative magic, and hints of hidden twists and complexities to come.
— Kirkus Reviews
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