Join us for the second annual Fall Into OBOB series from Roundabout Books! All events are FREE to continue Roundabout's mission to support childhood literacy! Read the books this summer or fall and then Zoom in from home to chat with the author. Host a watch party with your OBOB team, school class, or circle of friends and serve their favorite dinner while they watch!
Grade 3-5 events:
10/10: Flor and Miranda Steal the Show, Jennifer Torres
Enjoy carnival rides and deep fried pickles in this warm, funny middle-grade novel about family and friendship.
Event recording available here: https://youtu.be/NwTttTv7i9I
11/2: The Midnight Children, Dan Gemeinhart
This #1 New York Times and Indie bestseller! From the author of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise recounts an extraordinary story about a family of runaway kids who move to a small town, and the outcast boy who finds his voice and his people—for fans of Katherine Applegate and Kate DiCamillo.
11/9: Allergic, Megan Wagner Lloyd & Michelle Mee Nutter
A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet!
11/9: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom, Joan Holub
After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series!
11/21: The List of Things That Will Not Change, Rebecca Stead
At a time when everything is changing for Bea and her family, the important things will always stay the same. A soon-to-be classic by the Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me.
Grade 6-8 events:
10/12: The Blackbird Girls, Anne Blankman
Like Ruta Sepetys for middle grade, Anne Blankman pens a poignant and timeless story of friendship that twines together moments in underexplored history.
Event recording available here: https://youtu.be/uhS5GU1XZCU
10/17: Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero, Saadia Faruqi
A powerful and relevant story from the author of A Thousand Questions, about friendship, grief, and standing up for what is right. The ideal next read for fans of Hena Khan, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Varian Johnson—or for any young reader grappling with recent US history and current events.
Event recording available here: https://youtu.be/B6HtKV9bZCM
10/23: Invisible, Christina Diaz Gonzalez
For fans of New Kid and Allergic, a must-have graphic novel about five very different students who are forced together by their school to complete community service... and may just have more in common than they thought.
Event recording available here: https://youtu.be/_t03b7JBItc
11/7: Stowaway, John David Anderson
The beloved author of Posted returns with the acclaimed first book in a coming-of-age sci-fi duology about Leo, a kid trying to navigate the galaxy in order to save his family—and, possibly, the planet Earth.
11/14: Wink, Rob Harrell
A hilarious and heartwrenching story about surviving middle school--and an unthinkable diagnosis--while embracing life's weirdness.
11/16: The Boys in the Back Row, Mike Jung
The Boys in the Back Row is an unabashed ode to friendship with hilariously flawed hijinks and geekiness galore!
11/18: Barefoot Dream of Petra Luna, Alda P. Dobbs
This Indies Introduce and Indie Next Pick is a tale of one family’s perilous journey to cross the U.S. border during the Mexican Revolution that is every bit as relevant and heartbreaking today...now in paperback!
Grade 9-12 event:
10/24: The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship.