- Midwest Connection: Allen Eskens lives in Minnesota, but was raised in Missouri where the book is set. It features a family that moves to a small, rural town from the Twin Cities suburbs.
- Shelf-talker: Teenager Boady Sanden comes of age in a Missouri town grappling with racial divisions in this sensitive, graceful mystery.
When an African-American teenager and his family move in across the road, 15-year-old Boady discovers another side to things he’s always taken for granted in 1976 Missouri. As secrets hidden in plain sight slowly emerge, the boys come face-to-face with the forces that make a town, and a person, dangerous.
Book clubs, mystery readers, parents and teens who read together, fans of The Life We Bury and William Kent Krueger.
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash
Redemption Road by John Hart
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Allen Eskens is the author of six novels. His awards include the Rosebud Award and Minnesota Book Award, and he has been a finalist for the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Thriller Award. His debut novel, the USA Today bestseller The Life We Bury, has been published in twenty-six languages and is in development for a feature film. Eskens lives with his wife, Joely, in out-state Minnesota, where he was a criminal defense attorney for 25 years.
“Eskens raises a mere 'mystery' to the class of literary fiction. For me, that makes Nothing More Dangerous required reading and something that should be taught at high-school level the same as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“Nothing More Dangerous buzzes along with the tempo of a boyhood story that almost tells itself. . . . The story is gripping and yet reassuring as the boys' friendship deepens. Their summer adventures exploring the woods take on a ‘Stand By Me’ quality with Stephen King-like dread around every bend.”
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Both heartwarming and hard-nosed, Nothing More Dangerous is a coming-of-age page-turner that probes the dark heart of small towns and the resilient strength that keeps families together.”
-- Thomas Mullen, author of Darktown
“Allen Eskens’ mystery readers will not be disappointed with Nothing More Dangerous. He will, however, be gathering new fans and garnering rave reviews for this awe inspiring coming of age novel. Fifteen year old Boady Sanden lives a quiet life in rural Missouri until a black family moves next door and expands the scope of his thoughts and vision. Filled with tenderness, insight, and vivid characters, Eskens has crafted a novel that was 20 years in the making and worth every minute. Fans of William Kent Krueger's Ordinary Grace will be racing to the book store for Nothing More Dangerous. I see an Edgar Award in the future.”
-- Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books (Excelsior, MN)
“This is a strong mystery, written with a straightforward style in a teenage voice that I found totally believable and very enjoyable. It's an important take on racial hatred, as a young man starts to see the disturbing truth all around him. Powerful and satisfying.”
-- Tim McCarthy, Boswell Book Company (Milwaukee, WI)
- Midwest Connection: Naomi Kritzer lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Shelf-talker: How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks.
Steph hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.
For teen and adult readers who are fans of thrillers, suspense, and SFF that transcend the boundaries between literary and genre fiction. Lots of positive LGBTQIA+ representation.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
Naomi Kritzer is a writer and blogger who has published a number of short stories and novels for adults, including the Eliana's Song duology and the Dead Rivers Trilogy. Her 2015 short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula. Naomi lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“The characters offer positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation—especially nonbinary identities and characters still exploring their identities. Refreshingly, the characters also feel like generally-woke-but-still-imperfect humans. Wickedly funny and thrilling in turns; perfect for readers coming-of-age online.”
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Kritzer’s take on a benevolent AI is both whimsical and poignant. An entertaining, heart-filled exploration of today’s online existence and privacy concerns.”
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Smart, sly, scary, and irrepressibly good fun, this novel has everything I’ve ever wanted from a story: it is a cerebral, funny, tender, big-idea delight. I can’t wait for you to read it.”
-- Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
To inquire about an event with Naomi Kritzer for Catfishing on CatNet, contact Saraciea Fennell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story
Children's Nonfiction by John Coy, illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec
Minnesota Historical Society Press
October 1, 2019
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- Midwest Connection: Both the subject of the book, the St. Anthony waterfall on the Mississippi River, and the author and illustrator live in the Midwest.
- Shelf-talker: My Mighty Journey is the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River—and the changes it has witnessed over twelve thousand years.
My Mighty Journey is the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River—and the changes it has witnessed over twelve thousand years. Written from the perspective of the waterfall, the narrative considers the people who lived nearby, the ways they lived, and how the area around the waterfall changed drastically in the past two centuries.
Internationally acclaimed artist Gaylord Schanilec created stunning visual images featuring material collected along the riverbank to show the progression of the waterfall as it moved fifteen miles upriver from present-day St. Paul to its current location in downtown Minneapolis.
John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and fiction and nonfiction picture books. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for best debut picture book, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, Notable Book for a Global Society, the Burr/Worzalla Award for Distinguished Achievement in Children’s Literature, and the Kerlan Award in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature.
Gaylord Schanilec is an artist, writer, letterpress printer, designer, and illustrator. His recent fine-press work includes Mayflies of the Driftless Region, Sylvae, and Lac Des Pleurs, a trilogy about the intersection of art and science. He has earned numerous awards, including the Gregynog Prize, the Carl Hertzog Award for excellence in book design, and a Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship.
"The scope of time is apparent from the first words of this impressive book, which traces a waterfall on the Mississippi River from the robust days of the woolly mammoth to its more restrained incarnation today: 'For those who came before, those now, and those to come.'"
-- Star Tribune
"So beautiful in words and pictures it is a worthy candidate for an adult’s library."
-- Pioneer Press
Kids aged 3-7, and adults interested in fine art, printmaking, and Gaylord Shanilec's work.
Hungry Coyote by Cheryl Blackford, illustrated by Laurie Caple
North Woods Girl by Aimée Bissonette, illustrated by Claudia McGehee
Hush Hush, Forest by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Nick Wroblewski
To inquire about an event with John Coy or Gaylord Schanilec for My Mighty Journey, contact Alison Aten at Alison.email@example.com.
- Midwest Connection: Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day and an author and artist of comics and picture books by night. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.
- Shelf-talker: Night is not just black-and-white. Look closer, with Grant Snider's beautiful debut picture book, a new take on Goodnight Moon, exploring the colors of the night.
Look closer. Grant Snider's beautiful debut picture book explores the wonders-and colors-of nighttime. For night is not just black and white. Ending in colors yet unseen, and a night of sweet dreams, this lilting lullaby is sure to comfort those drifting off to sleep. With luminous art as spare and glowing as the moon, and lyrical text that reads like a friend leading the way through the wilderness, What Color Is Night? is a rich and timeless look at a topic of endless fascination, and a perfect bedtime read-aloud.
"If you think the night is black, think again. Snider's elegant nocturnal idyll explores the many colors visible to those who 'look closer.' [What Color is Night?] will have young readers hoping to stay up for a glimpse of 'colors unseen.'"
-- Kirkus Reviews
Parents, grandparents, family members; parents looking for a goodnight book, read-aloud book, or lullaby-like book; parents and educators looking for a book about colors; anyone looking for a baby shower or baby/toddler birthday gift.
Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day and an author and artist of comics and picture books by night. He is the author of the children's picture book What Color is Night? and the nonfiction comic The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity. Snider also illustrated Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids and is the creator of incidentalcomics.com.
To inquire about an event with Grant Snider for What Color is Night?, contact Eva Zimmerman at Eva_Zimmerman@chroniclebooks.com.