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Anne O'Brien Carelli & Brigit Young

Literati is thrilled to welcome authors Anne O'Brien Carelli and Brigit Young who will be sharing their new novels Skylark and Wallcreeper & Worth a Thousand Words.

About Skylark and Wallcreeper:
Queens, 2012.

Hurricane Sandy is flooding New York City, and Lily is at a nursing home with her grandmother, Collette. Lily visits Collette often, as she is beginning to lose her memories. When the National Guard shows up to evacuate the building and take them to safety at the Park Slope armory in Brooklyn, Lily's granny suddenly produces a red box she's hidden in a closet for years. Once they get to safety, Lily opens the box, where she finds an old, beautiful Montblanc pen. Granny tells Lily that the pen is very important and that she has to take care of it, as well as some letters written in French.

But Lily loses the pen in the course of helping other nursing home residents, and as she searches the city trying to find it, she learns more about her grandmother's past in France and begins to uncover the significance of the pen with the help of her best friend, a quirky pen expert, and a larger-than-life, off-Broadway understudy. Told in alternating sections (2012 and 1944), this engaging book explores a deep friendship during difficult times and the importance of family.

About Worth a Thousand Words:
Whether it's earrings, homework, or love notes, Tillie "Lost and Found" Green and her camera can find any lost thing--until a search for a missing person forces her to step out from behind the lens.

Ever since a car accident left Tillie Green with lasting painful injuries, she's hidden behind her camera. She watches her family and classmates through the lens, tracking down misplaced items and spotting the small details that tell a much bigger story than people usually see. But she isn't prepared for class clown Jake Hausmann's request: to find his father.

In a matter of days, Tillie goes from silent observer to one half of a detective duo, searching for clues to the mystery of Jake's dad's disappearance. When the truth isn't what Jake wants it to be, and the photographs start exposing people's secrets, Tillie has to decide what--and who--is truly important to her.

Anne O'Brien Carelli is the author of adult nonfiction and the picture book Amina's New Friends. She has always been fascinated by the French Resistance, and studied history at Case Western Reserve University. For her PhD, Anne researched psychology of the gifted. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Anne lives in the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York. This is her debut middle grade novel.

Brigit Young, originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has published poetry and short fiction in numerous literary journals. She is the author of the middle grade novel Worth a Thousand Words as well as the forthcoming The Prettiest (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, April 2020). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Skylark and Wallcreeper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499807455
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yellow Jacket - October 2nd, 2018

Worth a Thousand Words Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626729209
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 14th, 2018