Cool Brains! with Ann Martin

Enjoy an afternoon with Newbery Honor Award winner Ann M. Martin as part of Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People, a fun literary event for the whole family. 

  • Free and open to the public, doors open at 2:30 pm
  • Conversation and reading by Ann M. Martin
  • Hurricane Harvey dog stories shared by Houston Pets Alive!, which opened a shelter and saved more 1,800 dogs and cats after the storm
  • Bus scholarships available for student groups, contact
  • Book sale, signing, and meet the author following the event*

About the Author: Ann M. Martin is the beloved author of more than 35 books in the popular Baby-sitters Club series. Her other novels for middle-grade readers, ages 8-12, include Ten Rules for Living with My SisterTen Good and Bad Things About My Life, and Everything for a Dog. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of the Universe.

She comes to Houston to share her New York Times bestseller Rain Reign, a powerful story about Rose Howard, a girl on the autism spectrum, the dog she loves, and a hurricane that changes everything. The New York Times Book Review writes, “Ann M. Martin, a Newbery Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book isn’t actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It’s about love and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need but often don’t get.” Author Kate DiCamillo calls it “heartbreaking and heart-mending at the same time.”

After a conversation and reading by the author, Houston Pets Alive! will share some dog stories from Hurricane Harvey. Founded in 2015, Houston Pets Alive! promotes and provides the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. In the months since Hurricane Harvey, Houston Pets Alive! opened a shelter and has saved more than 1,800 dogs and cats.

*Please note that the book signing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon entering the theater, people wishing to have books personalized will be given a number, and the book signing will take place in numerical order after the on-stage presentation.


Event date: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School
10410 Manhattan Drive Houston, TX 77096
Houston, TX 77096
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ISBN: 9781250073976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - January 2nd, 2018

From Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin, who wrote the Baby-sitters Club series, comes a New York Times-bestselling middle grade novel about a girl, her dog, and the trials of growing up in a complicated and often scary world.