Donna Gephart's love for libraries and reading led her to a career as an award-winning children's book author for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House and Holiday House. Her humorous, heartbreaking middle grade novels now reside on the shelves of her childhood library. Meet fiercely determined Cleveland Rosebud Potts in Donna's latest book, THE PARIS PROJECT, where Cleveland is determined to escape her tiny town of Sassafras, Florida and move to Paris, France because she's filled with shame from her dad's recent incarceration. Will the power of family, friendship and forgiveness help Cleveland bloom where she's planted? Look out for ABBY, TRIED AND TRUE -- a middle grade novel that will break your heart, then stitch it back together with hope and love. (Spring '21, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) Donna's first picture book, GO BE WONDERFUL, releases March '21 from Holiday House. Grab a copy of one of Donna's other books: 1. IN YOUR SHOES -- "A unique and compelling novel from a master storyteller. Highly recommended." -- School Library Journal (starred review) 2. LILY AND DUNKIN -- A dual narrative of a big-hearted, nature-loving transgender girl and a thirteen-year-old boy with bipolar disorder, who is spiraling toward psychosis. 3. DEATH BY TOILET PAPER -- Will Ben be able to keep a promise to his recently deceased dad and save his family from eviction, using his creativity and contest skills? 4. OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEEN -- Can Olivia overcome huge obstacles to achieve her dream of appearing on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!? 5. HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL -- David is famous online from his hilarious YouTube videos, but how will he ever survive the challenging terrain of middle school? 6. AS IF BEING 12-3/4 ISN'T BAD ENOUGH, MY MOTHER IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT -- won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Can spelling bee champ Vanessa Rothrock do what's necessary to save her mom from an assassination attempt on the campaign trail? Donna's novels have appeared on many state reading lists and won various awards. She's a popular speaker at schools, book festivals, libraries and conferences, including ALA, NCTE, the SCBWI National Conference, VCFA Retreat, the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers' Workshop, the Conference on Children's Literature and others. Visit her website for free reading guides, funny videos and more.Read more Read less
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