Balto and Togo Virtual Bookshop Event



I'm thrilled to have been invited to take part in a virtual book panel event hosted by the fantastic Books of Wonder - only the biggest and best children's bookshop in New York City - (if you've seen the film You've Got Mail, this is where they filmed it!)

I'll be reading from Balto and Togo, Hero Dogs of Alaska, talking about the the real-life events behind the book and and answering questions - along with other panel members, including AJ Sass, whose new book,  Just Shy of Ordinary is about to hit the shelves - it looks fantastic.

The great news is that you can join the audience for this event wherever you are - you don't have to fly to New York (although that would be fun!) - you can tune in remotely by following this link to the event page on the Books of Wonder website. 

It's on Sunday 28th January, 4pm US Eastern Time; that's 9pm here in the UK. It's a bit late on a school night, I know, but worth staying up for!

Here are the details . . .

January 28th at 4PM ET

New Middle Grade Titles to Enjoy!

These new books are full of daring adventures and brave pursuits! With an awesome journey to deliver medicine, and someone facing their fears in the face of much uncertainty, you're sure to be inspired!

Tune in for:

  • Just Shy of Ordinary by A.J. SASSEver since their mom lost her job, the two had to move in with family friends, and the world went into pandemic lockdown, Thirteen-year-old Shai’s been unable to control their picking at the hair on their arms. To reduce their anxiety and create a brand new normal for themself, Shai makes a plan to go to public school. But when they're placed into 9th grade instead of 8th, it sets off a chain of events that encourages Shai to learn how to accept life's twists and turns, especially when you can't plan for them.

  • Balto and Togo: Hero Dogs of Alaska by HELEN MOSSIt's the winter of 1924 and a diphtheria outbreak is threatening the population of Nome, Alaska. The only way to stop the deadly illness from causing a full-blown epidemic is to immediately deliver one million units of the diphtheria antitoxin to the affected communities, which seems impossible given the only way to reach any place in Alaska at this time of year is by dog sled. The stakes are high, and the snow is piling higher — will the antitoxin make it in time? Or will the infection spread faster than they can treat it?

Sunday, January 28th at 4PM ET via Crowdcast!