Past Present: A Virtual Event with Nicole Valentine and Jennifer Robin Barr
November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The All But True author reading series returns with an online event, “Past Present: Time Travel & Historical Fiction for Middle Grade Readers.” The reading and discussion will feature novelists Nicole Valentine and Jennifer Robin Barr.
In Nicole Valentine’s A TIME TRAVELER’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY, 12-year-old Finn copes with abandonment and grief by clinging to concrete facts in his physics books, until he learns that the women in his family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. His mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she’s left Finn a portal to find her, if only he can leap beyond logic. Newbery Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly calls this “an incredible book, no matter which time universe you’re in.”
GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING, Jennifer Robin Barr’s middle grade debut, tells the story of Jimmy and Lola, two enterprising 12-year-olds in Depression-era Philadelphia, who conspire to stop a wall from being built at Shibe Park—a wall that would block their rooftop view of Athletics’ games and cut into their family’s incomes. But the effort strains the friendship, and the pair must work to rebuild their relationship. BOOKLIST calls this “a sweet debut about friendship and love of the game.”