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Need new books for summer reading? Quail Ridge hosts authors of two new middle grade books

Posted July 24

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Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh will host two North Carolina-based authors, who have new middle grade novels out.

Middle grade novels are generally best for tweens - ages 9 and up.

Alan Gratz will share his book, "Refugee," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, a day after the book's release. Gratz's books have been regulars on the N.C. Battle of the Books' lists. "Prisoner B-3087," about a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland when the Nazis invade, is on the current list. "The Brooklyn Nine," about baseball, has been on past lists.

"Refugee" is about three separate children - a Jewish boy fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, a Cuban girl escaping for America in 1994 and a Syrian boy traveling to Germany in present day - and their efforts to escape.

Here's what New York Times bestselling author Ruta Sepetys of "Salt to the Sea" says about it: "Some novels are engaging and some novels are important. Refugee is both."

And Durham author Jacqueline K. Ogburn will be at Quail Ridge at 2 p.m., Saturday, with her debut middle grade novel, "The Unicorn in the Barn." Ogburn also has written 10 picture books. (And Ogburn tells me she will be bringing cookies!).

"This novel offers the sweet tale of a young boy who discovers magic, friendship, loss, and love when encountering a unicorn being cared for by a local vet," according to Quail Ridge. Booklist says "animal lovers will adore this enchanting, compassionate tale.”

Quail Ridge is at 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd., in Raleigh's North Hills.

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