Book Launch with KATE O'SHAUGHNESSY at Books Inc. Berkeley

Kate O'Shaughnessy author photo and The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane cover image

Local writer Kate O'Shaughnessy joins us for a Book Launch celebrating her sparking middle grade book, The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane. Kate will be in conversation with Aimee Lucido, author of Emmy in the Key of Code. (Ages 8+)

Maybelle Lane is looking for her father, but on the road to Nashville she finds so much more: courage, brains, heart--and true friends.

Eleven-year-old Maybelle Lane collects sounds. She records the Louisiana crickets chirping, Momma strumming her guitar, their broken trailer door squeaking. But the crown jewel of her collection is a sound she didn't collect herself: an old recording of her daddy's warm-sunshine laugh, saved on an old phone's voicemail. It's the only thing she has of his, and the only thing she knows about him.

Until the day she hears that laugh-- his laugh--pouring out of the car radio. Going against Momma's wishes, Maybelle starts listening to her radio DJ daddy's new show, drinking in every word like a plant leaning toward the sun. When he announces he'll be the judge of a singing contest in Nashville, she signs up. What better way to meet than to stand before him and sing with all her heart?

But the road to Nashville is bumpy. Her starch-stiff neighbor Mrs. Boggs offers to drive her in her RV. And a bully of a boy from the trailer park hitches a ride, too. These are not the people May would have chosen to help her, but it turns out they're searching for things as well. And the journey will mold them into the best kind of family--the kind you choose for yourself.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane By Kate O'Shaughnessy Cover Image
Unavailable, Out of Stock, or Out of Print
ISBN: 9781984893833
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Emmy in the Key of Code By Aimee Lucido Cover Image
Unavailable, Out of Stock, or Out of Print
ISBN: 9780358040828
Published: Versify - September 24th, 2019