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Thu, Jul 11


Plenty Downtown Bookshop

Author Event: Suzanne Supplee

We are thrilled to welcome middle grade and YA author Suzanne Supplee to the bookshop!

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Author Event: Suzanne Supplee
Author Event: Suzanne Supplee

Time & Location

Jul 11, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Plenty Downtown Bookshop, 48 W Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

About the event

We are thrilled to welcome children's author Suzanne Supplee to Plenty! Suzanne is an award-winning author who writes beautiful books for children and middle grade readers, and her latest one happens to take place in our home state of Tennessee! Think something in the style of Kate DiCamillo. A perfect summer read, especially for that 5th to 8th grade group! Stop by the bookshop to meet Suzanne, who will tell us a little about her novels, and then will be available to answer questions and sign copies of Sweetness All Around! ABOUT THE BOOK: An indomitable heroine who believes she is destined to find her kidnapped neighbor leads this warm, big-hearted story with irresistible characters and a captivating mystery. Almost-eleven-year-old Josephine is NOT pleased to be moving into the Happy World trailer park over the summer of 1974. She misses her beautiful bedroom with ballerinas on the wall and her pretty, well-dressed friends. Happy World isn’t happy. It’s dingy and depressing! Nothing like the world that headstrong Josephine wants for herself.  But when Josephine learns that her would-be next door neighbor in Happy World was kidnapped months ago, she develops a begrudging interest in her new home. A kidnapping is exciting—and all signs point to Josephine being meant to find ten-year-old Molly.  Despite her efforts to stay detached, Josephine investigates Molly’s disappearance with help from the eccentric cast of characters living in Happy World. It turns out the rough edges of her community are softer and sweeter than they first seemed. And the unexpected friendships she forms might be more precious than anything she's ever owned. In her extraordinary middle grade debut, Suzanne Supplee brings a small Tennessee town and its memorable residents to life. Perfect for daydreamers and unstoppable imaginations. Hand this beautiful, bursting-with-feelings read to fans of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale series. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Suzanne Supplee is the author of several young adult novels. Her books have been honored on various state lists, including a Golden Sower Honor and the Louisiana Teen Choice Award, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults. Sweetness All Around is her debut middle grade novel. Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in creative writing from Towson University. She lives in Baltimore and teaches English.

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