2018 Decatur Book Festival Adult Reading Lists

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DBF Family Reads: Great Books for Sharing!

Peasprout Chen by Henry Lien
The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall
The Adventures of the Wrong Man and Power Girl by Alexander London
Just Add Glitter by DiTerlizzi and Cotterill
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Are You Scared Darth Vader by Adam Rex

Just Add Glitter by Angela Diterlizzi
It all starts with a mysterious mail delivery, a little girl with a big imagination, and a sprinkling of twinkling glitter. Author Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrator Samantha Cotterill bring a silly and sweet story that celebrates imagination, creativity, and knowing when enough is enough—or is it?!

Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
It’s midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn’t scared. So what is Darth Vader scared of? Read Adam Rex’s hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out!

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Caldecott Award winning illustrator Yuyi Morales launches her picture book, Dreamers, at this year’s DBF. In Dreamers, Yuyi tells her own story of arriving in the US from Mexico and how books and libraries carried her and her young son in that time of transition. A timely story to share with young readers.

The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl by C. Alexander London and illustrated by Frank Morrison
What happens when your superhero dad can’t seem to get it right? You step in as his sidekick to save the day! Frank Morrison’s comic book inspired illustrations make Wrong Man and Power Girl larger than life!

The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall  
Birdsall brings the final volume in a much beloved series about four charming sisters and the bond that they share. Bursting with heart and brimming with charm, this is a joyful, hilarious ode to the family we love best.

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien  
Lien presents an adventurous and original tale of a young girl finding her place at an elite school. Peasprout Chen dreams of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating. As the first students from the rural country of Shin to attend Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout and her little brother Cricket have some pretty big skates to fill.

DBF Books for the Young (and not so) Adult!

Dread nation by Justina Ireland
Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi
From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon
I Felt a Funeral in My Brain by Will Walton

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi
In her forceful YA debut, Anica Mrose Rissi explores the depths and boundaries of intense friendships and intoxicating love, with astonishing insight and tender wit.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
The Walking Dead meets “Formation” in Dread Nation — a meditation on race in America that takes the form of an alternate-history adventure in a Post-Reconstruction world where Confederate and Union soldiers rose from the dead at the end of the Civil War.

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
In her sophomore follow up to the critically acclaimed When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon presents From Twinkle, with Love, a delicious and delightful romantic comedy that will have you rooting for happily ever afters.

I Felt A Funeral in My Brain by Will Walton
Georgia YA author and bookseller at Avid Book Shop in Athens, shares I Felt A Funeral in My Brain, a novel in verse about a boy navigating death, life, grief, being queer, and the poetry we find when we most need it. Will Walton’s open narrative voice will resonate with fans of John Corey Whaley, Jandy Nelson, and John Green.