Shelf Stuff with Harper Collins


We're delighted to welcome 4 middle grade authors for an event in partnership with Harper Collins and Shelf Stuff. Caela Carter, Janae Marks, Cammie McGovern and Chris Negron will join us to talk about their books - we cannot wait!

  • This event is free to attend, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive an invitation to join the event.
  • NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet at a sufficient bandwidth. If you have not used Zoom before, don't worry: It's easy! Here's a quick reference guide to help you get oriented: Getting Started with Zoom


Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:00pm Central Time

We work hard to bring events to our community for free, because connecting readers with authors is central to our mission. But these programs are not free for us to put on! If you’re interested in attending this event, we hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of one of the authors' books from our bookshop. Your support is critical to keeping us here and offering events like this, and we hope to do that for many years to come! 

Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

About the Authors:

Caela Carter graduated from The New School’s MFA program in writing for children. She taught children and teenagers for ten years. Her books for teenagers include Me, Him, Them, and It and My Best Friend, Maybe. Caela has also written four other books for middle grade readers, My Life with the Liars, Charlotte Huck Honor Book Forever, Or a Long, Long TimeOne Speck of Truth, and How to Be A Girl in the World. This is her fifth. Caela lives in Brooklyn.

Janae Marks is a graduate of the New School Creative Writing MFA program. When she isn't writing stories featuring girls of color, she's spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel. Visit Janae online at and find her on Twitter and Instagram @janaemarksbooks. 

Cammie McGovern is the author of the middle grade novels Frankie and Amelia, Chester and Gus, and Just My Luck; the young adult novels Just Breathe, A Step Toward Falling, and Say What You Will; and the adult novels Neighborhood WatchEye Contact, and The Art of Seeing. Cammie is also one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children. You can visit Cammie online at

Chris Negron grew up outside Buffalo, New York, where he spent a huge chunk of his childhood collecting comic books and loving sports. But it was the hours of playing Dungeons and Dragons in friends' basements that first gave him the dream of one day writing his own stories. That dream kept him company through college at Yale University and years of programming computers for big companies. He is the author of Dan Unmasked and The Last Super Chef, and he now lives outside Atlanta with his wife, Mary. Visit him at


Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to use our curbside pickup program, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

International shipping can run from $25-50US in addition to the cost of the book and can take up to 3 months to reach its destination. Additionally, we can only ship to certain regions and countries. If you'd like to pursue international shipping, please email

Event date: 
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers By Caela Carter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062996633
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 19th, 2021

From the critically acclaimed author of the ALA Notable and Charlotte Huck Honor Book Forever, or a Long, Long Time comes a moving own-voices story that shines a light on how one girl’s learning differences are neither right nor wrong…just perfectly individual. For fans of Alyson Gerber, Cammie McGovern, and Kathryn Erskine.

A Soft Place to Land By Janae Marks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062875877
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 14th, 2021

Fierce Little Thing is Miranda Beverly-Whittemore at her finest. A moody, gripping, and profoundly haunting story of a young girl desperate for connection and salvation. Beverly-Whittemore renders a wild, treacherous world and invites us to stand perilously close to the edge.” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

Frankie and Amelia By Cammie McGovern Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062463326
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: HarperCollins - October 26th, 2021

A heartfelt companion novel to the critically acclaimed Chester and Gus about inclusivity, autism, friendship, and family, perfect for fans of Sara Pennypacker and Kate DiCamillo.

The Last Super Chef By Chris Negron Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062943132
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: HarperCollins - July 6th, 2021

Family and food take center stage in this heartfelt middle grade story perfect for fans of John David Anderson and Antony John.

For as long as he can remember, Curtis Pith has been obsessed with becoming a chef like Lucas Taylor, host of Super Chef. And Curtis has a secret: Taylor is actually his long-absent father.