Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Angie Thomas—author of The Hate U Give, On The Come Up, Concrete Rose, and more—to the stage at Lake Forest Park! Thomas will be presenting her first middle-grade fantasy book, Nic Blake and the Remarkables, a story that Rick Riordan calls "one of those rare books that will instantly become the best friend you didn’t know you needed." Angie will be joined in conversation by Christine Day, the author of I Can Make This Promise and The Sea in Winter.
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Angie Thomas makes her middle grade debut with the launch of an inventive, hilarious, and suspenseful new contemporary fantasy trilogy inspired by African American history and folklore.
It’s not easy being a Remarkable in the Unremarkable world. Some things are cool—like getting a pet hellhound for your twelfth birthday. Others, not so much—like not being trusted to learn magic because you might use it to take revenge on an annoying neighbor.
All Nic Blake wants is to be a powerful Manifestor like her dad. But before she has a chance to convince him to teach her, a series of shocking revelations and terrifying events launch Nic and two friends on a hunt for a powerful magic tool she’s never heard of to save her father from imprisonment for a crime she can’t believe he committed.
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give comes a wildly inventive new fantasy series, featuring a fierce, irrepressible character who will win your heart.
"Thomas (Concrete Rose) brings her trademark voice to an action-packed series kickoff rooted in a mixture of African diasporic myth, biblical references, and U.S. history. Imbuing characters both brave and sweetly vulnerable with unflappable senses of humor amid harrowing circumstances, Thomas creates an elaborate supernatural mythology that boldly confronts fantasy tropes and questions of forgiveness."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"All the brilliance you’d expect from Angie Thomas: a page-turning plot, pitch-perfect characters, heart and substance, and real stakes that real kids will care about—plus magic! This is one of those rare books that will instantly become the best friend you didn’t know you needed. Nic Blake and the Remarkables is nothing short of a triumph. When’s the next installment, please?"
—Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
“Packed with humor and bursting with heart and imagination, Nic's story will enchant readers of all ages!”
—B.B. Alston, author of Amari and the Night Brothers
Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. She is also a coauthor of the bestselling collaborative novels Blackout and Whiteout. Angie divides her time between her native Jackson, MS, and Atlanta, GA. You can find her online at angiethomas.com. (Photo credit: Imani Khayyam)
Christine Day (Upper Skagit) (bychristineday.com) grew up in Seattle, nestled between the sea, the mountains, and the pages of her favorite books. Her debut novel, I Can Make This Promise, was a best book of the year from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library, as well as a Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book and an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book. Her second novel is titled The Sea in Winter. Christine lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @bychristineday.
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