Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020
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Monday, October 19, 2020

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Out of This World Storytime: How We Got to the Moon
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John Rocco
John Rocco
How We Got to the Moon

Wrapping up our series of talks with creators of books about outer space is this fun and fascinating exploration of How We Got to the Moon, written and illustrated by Caldecott Honor recipient (and lifelong NASA enthusiast) John Rocco. Rocco’s book, which was just long listed for the National Book Award, takes readers far behind the scenes of the Apollo 11 moon landing, bringing to light the immense but often unsung contributions of the many men and women whose research and expertise helped make this dream a reality. In a conversation with Cathryn Mercier of Simmons University, Rocco will take us behind the scenes as well, giving us a glimpse into his processes for researching and creating this stunning book. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author!

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations.

Ages 8–12

Thursday, October 22, 2020

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YA: Friendship and Its End
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Justin A. Reynolds
Justin A. Reynolds
Early Departures
Amy Spalding
Amy Spalding
We Used to Be Friends
Ashley Woodfolk
Ashley Woodfolk
When You Were Everything

There’s something to be said for romance, to be sure, but often the relationships that sustain us the most are the ones with our friends—and the heartbreak we feel at a friendship’s ending is every bit as devastating as any romantic breakup. The outcome of Amy Spalding’s We Used to Be Friends might not be a surprise—it’s right there in the title—but Spalding uses surprising narrative structure to trace the evolution of the relationship between two (former) best friends, with one girl’s story moving forward in time and the other’s backward over the course of their tumultuous senior year of high school. In When You Were Everything, Ashley Woodfolk also uses creative narrative chronology—alternating between Then and Now—to construct a story of painful endings, new beginnings, and the perspective earned by the passage of time. And in a story that incorporates fantasy and reality, Justin A. Reynolds's Early Departures finds a young man, Jamal, using a new technology to bring his former best friend temporarily back to life following an accident—to make amends and say a final goodbye. Make plans to join your friends for this bittersweet session about teen friendships, hosted by Cathryn Mercier of Simmons University.

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations.

Ages 13+