Enjoy our very special virtual book talk about two terrific, funny, and moving new middle grade novels. It's a celebratory conversation about Free Period with author Ali Terese and Gut Reaction with mother & daughter authors Kirby Larson & Quinn Wyatt.


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About Free Period: Helen and Gracie are pranking their way through middle school when a stinky stunt lands them in the front office -- again. Because nothing else has curbed their chaos, the principal orders the best friends to do the unthinkable: care about something. So they join the school’s Community Action Club with plans to do as little as humanly possible. But when Helen is caught unprepared by an early period and bleeds through her pants -- they were gold lamé! -- the girls take over the club’s campaign for maxi pads in bathrooms for all students who menstruate. In the name of period equity, the two friends use everything from over-the-top baked goods to glitter gluing for change. Ali Terese writes funny and heartfelt middle grade stories. Free Period is her debut novel. From the Kirkus review: "This spirited coming-of-age story brings menstruation and period equity to the fore... Punchy, electric, and smart social commentary." 

About Gut Reaction:  Newbery Honor-winner Kirby Larson and her daughter, Quinn Wyatt, pen this gorgeously moving story, filled with heart and humor, that explores what living with a chronic illness is like, inspired by Quinn's own personal journey with Crohn’s disease. Tess Medina is still dealing with the loss of her father, who owned a bakery, when she starts at a new school. One way she is still able to feel close to him is by doing what she does best: baking. But when tasting her creations causes a deep stabbing pain in her abdomen, she tries to power through and be strong in the same way she powers through her emotional pain. She doesn’t mind too much--she’s okay with sharing her baked goods at school in the hopes of making new friends. Lucky for Tess, her baking skills attract the right kind of attention, and she assembles a ragtag team to help her taste her creations in preparation for the Jubilee Flour Junior Baker West Coast competition. But leading up to the competition, Tess's pain gets worse and worse, and soon Tess will be forced to confront everything she has been trying so desperately to hide. From the Kirkus review: “The book’s message is clear: It takes courage to reveal your weaknesses, and it takes kindness to accept them in others. A compassionate exploration of living with chronic illness”.


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