The Weekly 411 (7/22/22)


© Jennifer Ard

July 22, 2022 vol. 29

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Picture Book Trailer Debut

We are excited to debut the trailer for the picture book, A History of Toilet Paper (and Other Potty Tools), by Sophia Gholz, illustrated by Xiana Telmoy (Running Press Kids), coming out on August 2! Check it out!

About the Book:  In the beginning, potty time meant the great outdoors . . . People have been going potty since, well, since the beginning of people! Ever wonder what humans used before potties or paper? You might be surprised at the clever tools that humans came up with over the centuries. From the great outdoors to ceramic pots, bum brushes and bidets, prepare for an adventure as we explore the interesting and sometimes shocking history of human potty practices! Award-winning children’s author Sophia Gholz and illustrator Xiana Teimoy team up to put a humorous spin on the fun and fascinating facts surrounding the history of toilet paper (and other potty tools) in this delightful book. 

About the Author: Sophia Gholz is an award-winning children’s book author, magic seeker and avid reader. Sophia enjoys writing fiction with humor and heart. When writing nonfiction, she pulls on her love of science and her strong family background in ecology. When she’s not writing, you can find Sophia reading a book, visiting schools or exploring the great outdoors with her family. Sophia’s books include Bug on the Rug, The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng, and Jack Horner, Dinosaur Hunter! For more about Sophia and her books, visit her online at:

About the Illustrator: Xiana Teimoy grew up in Vigo, a lovely city in the Northwest of Spain. After skipping around different cities, she finally settled in Valencia (Spain) where, after studying Fine Arts, she completed a Master’s in Design and Illustration. Upon finishing her degree she was lucky to land a job at the Polytechnic University of Valencia where, for several years, she worked alongside a fantastic team while carrying out her own illustration projects on the side. These days, Xiana works as a full-time illustrator.

Middle Grade Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of The Einsteins of Vista Point by Ben Guterson (Christy Ottaviano Books 2022). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

About the Book: After the tragic loss of their sister, Zack and his siblings band together to investigate a Morse Code-inspired mystery in this stunning novel about grief and resilience.  

When Zack’s younger sister dies in a tragic accident, his family moves to a small town in the Northwest to try and heal from all the pain. Eleven-year-old Zack blames himself for his sister’s death, and he struggles to find any comfort in his new surroundings. Vista Point is home to many mysterious landmarks: The great domed Tower casts inscrutable shadows, and what is the cryptic message in its ceiling medallion? There are several hidden watering holes and even a secret cave in the woods with messages written on its walls. Zack, at first, feels lost in Vista Point. Until he meets Ann, a girl who lives in the area and shows Zack all the special places to be discovered. But
there’s something that seems a bit strange about Ann—and perhaps a secret she is keeping from him.
With emotional depth, an unforgettable setting, and a winning cast of characters, this masterful novel thoughtfully explores the grieving process, and how a season of pain can evolve into a summer of healing.

About the Author: Ben Guterson is the author of Winterhouse, an Edgar Award and Agatha Award finalist as well as an Indie Next List Pick, and its sequels, The Secrets of Winterhouse and The Winterhouse Mysteries. The Winterhouse trilogy is available in ten languages worldwide. Ben and his family live in the foothills of the Cascades east of Seattle, and you can visit him online at

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Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Janet Sumner Johnson and her new picture book, Braver Than Brave, illustrated by Eunji Jung (Capstone), coming out on August 1, 2022Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Rachel Elliot and her debut middle-grade graphic novel, The Real Riley Mayes (Balzer + Bray April 2022). Enter to win a copy!

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  1. So much to learn as always!

  2. I'm a sucker for books about moving forward after grief, and I think they're so important to have out there for kids. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. The book looks amazing.

  3. I love to read mysteries and this book promises so much more with the emotional theme of grieving.

  4. I am always on the lookout for mysteries to add to my class library. This sounds like the perfect title to be added to our collection. Thanks for the chance.


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