Reading-Go-Round with Amy Bearce, Melissa Hope, Terri Libenson, Graci Kim, Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen, Dusti Bowling, and Justin A. Reynolds

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 It's time to play the 2021 Summer Reading Bingo! Join us for our virtual kickoff party at the Reading-Go-Round with Amy Bearce, Melissa Hope, Terri Libenson, Graci Kim, Kwame Mbalia, Prince Joel Makonnen, Dusti Bowling, and Justin A. Reynolds.

You'll rotate through a variety of Zoom rooms to meet the authors one at a time for 10 minutes of Q&A before moving into the next room. The authors will be challenged to answer as many questions as they can, as fast as they can! It's a quick-paced Q&A blitz!

The Changing Hands Summer Reading Bingo celebrates diversity and inclusion in children's literature. Read great books, connect the squares to win prizes and enrich your reading experience. (Ideal for ages 8-12.)



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AMY BEARCE writes magical escapes for young readers and the young at heart. She is the author of the World of Aluvia series, Shortcuts, and Paris on Repeat. She is also a former reading teacher and school librarian. As a military kid, she moved eight times before she was eighteen, so she feels especially fortunate to be married to her high school sweetheart. Together they are raising two daughters in San Antonio. A perfect day for Amy involves rain pattering on the windows, popcorn, and every member of her family curled up in one cozy room reading a good book. You can find Amy online at, as well as on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

MELISSA HOPE earned her degree in English and is passionate about sharing her knowledge to help writers improve their craft and connect with the writing community. She escaped the frostbite normalcy of Canadian winters to live in Florida with her family, bipolar cat, and growing collection of scuba gear. Visit her website to watch free writing tutorials.

TERRI LIBENSON grew up in Kingston, Pennsylvania, where she made up puzzles and games and forced her friends to solve them (her mazes were the talk of town!). Sadly, she set aside these mad skills in order to build a cartooning career. Terri is the award-winning cartoonist of the syndicated comic strip The Pajama Diaries and the bestselling author of the Emmie & Friends series. Terri lives with her husband and two daughters in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find her online at

GRACI KING is a Korean-Kiwi diplomat turned author who writes about the magic she wants to see in the world. The Last Fallen Star is her middle grade debut. In a previous life she used to be a cooking show host, and she once ran a business that turned children's drawings into plushies. When she's not lost in her imagination, you'll find Graci drinking flat whites, eating ramyeon, and most likely hugging a dog (or ideally, many). She lives in New Zealand with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter @gracikim and Instagram @gracikimwrites.

KWAME MBALIA is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. He is the author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, a Coretta Scott King Honor book. He lives with his family in North Carolina. Visit him online at

PRINCE JOEL MAKONNEN is the great-grandson of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia. He is an attorney and the co-founder of Old World/New World, a media and entertainment company focused on telling powerful African stories that inspire global audiences through film, TV and books. He lives with his wife, Ariana, in Los Angeles. 

DUSTI BOWLING holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education. She is the author of the well-reviewed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus. She currently lives in New River, AZ, with her husband and daughters.

JUSTIN A. REYNOLDS has always wanted to be a writer. Opposite of Always, his debut YA novel, was an Indies Introduce Top Ten Debut, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2019, translated in 19 languages, and is being developed for film by Paramount Players. His second YA novel, Early Departures, published to critical acclaim and was a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2020. Justin is the co-founder of the CLE Reads Book Festival, a Cleveland Book Festival for middle-grade and young adult writers. He hangs out in northeast Ohio with his family and is probably somewhere, right now, dancing terribly. You can find him at  

Rome Reframed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631635168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jolly Fish Press - February 2nd, 2021

Sea of Kings Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631634437
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jolly Fish Press - April 27th, 2021

Truly Tyler (Emmie & Friends) Cover Image
By Terri Libenson, Terri Libenson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062894564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 4th, 2021

The Last Fallen Star (A Gifted Clans Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368059633
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - May 4th, 2021

Last Gate of the Emperor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338665857
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 4th, 2021

Aven Green Sleuthing Machine: Volume 1 Cover Image
By Dusti Bowling, Gina Perry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781454942214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Union Square Kids - April 13th, 2021

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Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Original Spider-Man Graphic Novel) Cover Image
By Justin A. Reynolds, Pablo Leon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338648034
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021