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Author Events

Ursula Vernon
Tuesday, October 21*
Grades 2 and up
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details.

The latest book in Ursula Vernon's popular Dragonbreath series is The Case of the Toxic Mutants. Who do you call when you have a really weird mystery involving mutants, toxic sludge, and enormous missing dentures? Detective Danny Dragonbreath, of course! He may not be as book smart as his nerdy friends Wendell and Christiana, but this dragon knows more about strange creatures and slimy things than anyone...and this case is really strange and slimy. Featuring Ursula Vernon's trademark comic book hybrid style, the Dragonbreath graphic novel series is guaranteed to make you laugh until smoke comes out your nose!

Available for signing:

  • Dragonbreath 1  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 2: Attack of the Ninja Frogs  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 3: Curse of the Were-Wiener  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 4: Lair of the Bat Monster  $12.99, $6.99p
  • Dragonbreath 5: No Such Thing as Ghosts  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 6: Revenge of the Horned Bunnies  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 7: When Fairies Go Bad  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 8: Nightmare of the Iguana  $12.99
  • Dragonbreath 9: Case of the Toxic Mutants  $12.99

Ursula Vernon


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Only Books Purchased at Children's Book World can be signed by authors during their visits, due to time constraints. We happily take advance phone and website orders for autographed books up until the day before the signing for those who can't attend.

Class invitations to
author visits:
Any teachers, grades K-8th, who would like to be added to our list of potential classes to invite to Children's Book World's Author Events, please call or email Sharon at (310) 559-BOOK/2665,

Raina Telgemeier & Kazu Kibuishi
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 p.m.
Ages 9 and up

See the new books from these wonderful graphic novelists! Sisters is the companion to Raina Telgemeier's extremely popular, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, Smile. Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, and they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Kazu Kibuishi's bestselling series continues with Amulet 6: Escape From Lucien. Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King's loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

Available for signing:

Raina Telgemeier:

  • Sisters  $24.99, $10.99p
  • Smile  $10.99p
  • Drama  $10.99p

Kazu Kibuishi:

  • Amulet 6  $12.99
  • Amulet 1  $12.99
  • Amulet 2  $12.99
  • Amulet 3  $12.99
  • Amulet 4  $12.99
  • Amulet 5  $12.99
  • Copper  $12.99

Raina Telgemeier
Raina Telgemeier. Photo by Marion Vitus.


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Kazu Kibushi
Kazu Kibuishi. Photo by Gordon Luk.

Amulet 6

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Cynthia Kadohata
Friday, October 24*
Grades 5-8
*Off site school event. Classes and individuals are invited to attend; please call for details

A troubled kid discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in the moving middle-grade novel, Half a World Away. In this brilliant new offering from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, twelve-year-old Jaden, who was adopted from Romania when he was eight, knows he's an "epic fail.' He's sure that is why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby-to replace him. And he gets it. He is incapable of stopping his stealing, hoarding, lighting fires, aggressive running, and obsession with electricity. He knows his parents love him, but he feels...nothing. But when they get to Kazakhstan, it turns out the infant they've travelled for has already been adopted, and his parents agonize when faced with having to choose from six other babies. Jaden is more interested in the toddlers. One, a little guy named Dimash, spies Jaden and barrels over to him every time he sees him. Jaden finds himself increasingly intrigued by and worried about Dimash. For the first time in his life, Jaden actually feels something that isn't pure blinding fury, and there's no way to control it, or its power.

Available for signing:

  • Half a World Away  $16.99
  • Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam  $18.99, $7.99p
  • Kira-Kira  $16.95, $6.99p
  • Thing About Luck  $16.99, $7.99p
  • Weedflower  $19.99, $6.99p

Cynthia Kadohata

Half a World Away

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Eleanor Glewwe
Saturday, October 25, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 10 and up

Join UCLA linguistics graduate student Eleanor Glewwe for a signing in celebration of her captivating first book, Sparkers. Marah Levi is a promising violinist who excels at school and can read more languages than most librarians. Even so, she has little hope of a bright future: she is a sparker, a member of the oppressed lower class in a society run by magicians. Then a mysterious disease hits the city of Ashara, turning its victims' eyes dark before ultimately killing them. As Marah watches those whom she loves most fall ill, she finds an unlikely friend in Azariah, a wealthy magician boy. Together they pursue a cure in secret, but more people are dying every day, and time is running out. Then Marah and Azariah make a shocking discovery that turns inside-out everything they thought they knew about magic and about Ashara, their home. Set in an imaginative world rich with language, lore, and music, this gripping adventure plunges the reader into the heart of a magical government where sparks of dissent may be even more deadly than the dark eyes. From Kirkus Reviews' starred review: "Social injustice is a rare theme in middle-grade fantasy, but Glewwe conveys the insidious poison of prejudice by grounding the narrative in evocative details...A compelling story on a difficult topic, addressed with maturity and grace."

Available for signing:

  • Sparkers  $16.99

Eleanor Glewwe


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Marie Lu & Robin LaFevers
Saturday, November 1, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 12 & up

Join in celebrating the book releases of The Young Elites, a new series from Marie Lu, author of the bestselling Legend series, and Mortal Heart, the newest title in Robin LaFevers' popular His Fair Assassin trilogy.

In the gripping Young Elites, Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina's black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family's good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever's survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars--they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

In Mortal Heart, the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFevers' bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

Available for signing:

Marie Lu:

  • The Young Elites  $18.99
  • Legend (Legend #1)  $17.99, $9.99p
  • Prodigy (Legend #2)  $17.99, $9.99p
  • Champion (Legend #3)  $18.99, $9.99p

Robin LaFevers:

  • Mortal Heart  $17.99
  • Grave Mercy  $16.99, $9.99p
  • Dark Triumph  $17.99, $9.99

Marie Lu

The Young Elites

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Robin LaFevers

Mortal Heart

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