The Book Cellar
Join us at Everybody's Coffee for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)'s event "How to Get Your Book Reviewed: Tips from Keir Graff, executive editor at Booklist."
Keir Graff is the author of two middle-grade novels, including the THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE, coming in January 2017 from G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers and Listening Library. He also writes crime and suspense fiction for adults, most recently THE PRICE OF LIBERTY. He is the co-editor, with James Grady, of the forthcoming anthology MONTANA NOIR, slated for publication in fall 2017 by Akashic Books. An in-demand speaker at libraries, schools, and conferences, he is the co-host of Publishing Cocktails, an occasional literary gathering in Chicago. By day, he is the executive editor of Booklist Publications. Find him online at @KeirGraff, @Booklist_Keir, and www.keirgraff.com.
The Matchstick Castle
Brian can think of a few places he’d rather spend his summer than with his aunt and uncle in Boring, Illinois. Jail, for example. Or an earplug factory. Anything would be better than doing summer school on a computer while his scientist dad is stationed at the South Pole. Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin Nora have a fight, get lost, and discover a huge, wooden house in the forest. With balconies, turrets, and windows seemingly stuck on at random, it looks ready to fall over in the next stiff breeze. To the madcap, eccentric family that lives inside, it’s not just a home—it’s a castle. Suddenly, summer gets a lot more exciting. With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and a crazed bureaucrat intent on bringing the dangerously dilapidated old house down with a wrecking ball. This funny, fantastical story will resonate with any reader who’s ever wished a little adventure would find them.