February 22nd, 2016

Local Author David Teague to Visit

Henry Cicada's Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade by David TeagueIf you have children in elementary or middle school, especially those who are aspiring writers, we have a program that you don’t want to miss. Join us at the Elkton Central Library on February 25th at 4:00 p.m. to meet local author David Teague.

David Teague is the author of several children’s and middle grade books. After finding a niche in storytelling with his kids at bedtime, David began his career by writing picture books. David’s first book, Franklin’s Big Dreams, features a boy named Franklin who cannot sleep. Why, you ask? Because night after night, a construction crew enters his bedroom and starts building railroads, canals, and runways. In an interview about his book, David admits that his idea stemmed from a recurring dream he had as a child. While attempting to fall asleep, David often heard the rumbling of the trains from his bedroom. However, while David’s dreams never led him to the end of the tracks, he wanted to give Franklin the chance to investigate the mystery and follow the path out of his bedroom.

After the success of his first book, David published a second picture book, The Red Hat. He then decided to collaborate with his wife, Marisa de los Santos, on his next two novels. Marisa is the author of several adult books including Belong to Me and The Precious One. What happens when you mix together an adult novelist and a picture book writer? You get middle grade books. David and Marisa’s first collaborative effort was Saving Lucas Biggs, which features a mix of historical fiction and time travel. The novel received critical acclaim and is a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee for 2015-2016. The couple then paired on Connect the Stars, which was published in September of 2015. When asked about how this collaboration works, David and Marisa note that planning is key. For Saving Lucas Biggs, for example, David wrote the chapters told from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy, and Marisa wrote the chapters told by a 13-year-old girl. This partnership succeeded in producing two books for middle grade readers that are heartwarming, beautifully written, and feature quirky characters that cannot help but make readers laugh.

On January 19th, 2016, just in time for his visit to our library, David Teague released his newest novel, Henry Cicada’s Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade. This is David’s first solo middle grade book, and it has already received 4.2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads from readers of advanced copies. Henry Cicada is a wacky adventure novel that features a tween, Henry, whose mother invented a luminescent green metal called Elktonium. After a run-in with this metal, Henry discovers a telepathic connection to a girl named Lulu. While this sounds exciting enough on its own, Henry soon learns that Lulu is in trouble, and Henry is the only one who can help her.

By the way, did you notice anything about David’s title? The curious metal, Elktonium, is named after our very own town of Elkton! David spent time in Elkton as a child and references our great town in his newest book.

Want to know more about David? He currently lives in Wilmington, DE with his wife, Marisa, his two teens, Charles and Annabel, and their two Yorkies, Huxley and Finn. David plays the violin, loves The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, and teaches literature at the University of Delaware.

To register for this free program, please click here or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.


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February 2nd, 2015

An Evening with Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman - photo credit Jan CobbI was thrilled to learn that award-winning local author Laura Lippman will be stopping at the Cecil County Public Library on Friday, February 27th at 7 pm, as part of her latest book tour. Best known for her Baltimore-based mystery series featuring private investigator Tess Monaghan, Hush Hush will be the first Tess Monaghan story since 2008. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been writing. In 2008 the author wrote what would become her first best-selling novel, What the Dead Know. Set in and around Baltimore, she wrote of a time and a place right out of my own past and evoked such a sense of nostalgia that I was transported right back to my childhood. In her best selling novel to date, I’d Know You Anywhere, the author wrote a complex psychological thriller, one that left me with many questions. These questions and the feeling of a shared experience make me eager to meet the author and hear more about her stories and life. I won’t be missing this opportunity!

Since the last Tess Monaghan novel, both she and Laura Lippman have become mothers. It is this experience she draws on in Hush Hush. It is a story of suspense about mothers; good mothers, bad mothers, homicidal mothers. It promises to be every bit as complex and psychological as her latest book.

During “An Evening with Laura Lippman,” a fundraiser benefiting the CCPL Foundation and the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library, the author will discuss her latest book and answer questions from the audience. In addition, each ticket holder will receive a hardback copy of Hush Hush, with a book signing to follow. Tickets can be purchased at any CCPL branch or online via our website.

If you can’t get enough of murder and mayhem be sure to check out “A Day in the Life of a Forensic Scientist” at the Elkton Library on Thursday, February 5th at 7 pm and “Homicide Detective and Cases” at the Perryville Library on Thursday, February 12th at 7 pm.

Laura Lippman photo credit Jan Cobb.


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