Presenters: Lindsay Eagar, Liesl Shurtliff, Greg van Eekhout
Moderator: Jess Mills
It seems silly to say so, but sometimes all one needs to escape for a while is to embark on an adventure from the comfort of one's living room chair. We have all experienced the pleasure and excitement of getting so swept away in a story that we forget where we are and who we are for a time, and instead find ourselves inhabiting the pages that rest in our hands. Writers who inherently understand this power that books possess are able to draw us into their stories with action-filled plots, a true sense of heart and hope, and a protagonist whom we want to succeed. So for those times when nothing but some time checked out of reality will do, look no further than these middle grade favorites.