Tweens Read - Back in Time


Please join us for the Tweens Read panel Back in Time - a discussion between Nathan Hale, Chris Schweizer, Kate Hannigan and Alex Graudins! Tweens Read alum Rex Ogle will moderate this panel.


Thursday, October 22, 2020, 1:00pm CDT


This event will be a Zoom webinar, please click here to register.

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PLEASE NOTE: Nathan Hale's book Blades of Freedom will ship after the publication date of November 24th.

About the Panel Authors:

NATHAN HALE is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series. He also wrote and illustrated the graphic novels One Trick Pony and Apocalypse Taco. Nathan lives in Orem, Utah, and you can find him online at

ALEX GRAUDINS is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Rhode Island. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts' Cartooning class of 2016. Science Comics: The Brain is her first book!

KATE HANNIGAN used to work for daily newspapers but now she writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers, digging up remarkable people from history and sharing their stories. Her work includes a historical fantasy series for middle-grade, Cape; the historical mystery The Detective's Assistant; and a picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, A Lady has the Floor. Kate lives in Chicago, not far from the Columbian Exposition site, and shops near Mrs. O'Leary's old home.

CHRIS SCHWEIZER is a cartoonist who lives in rural Kentucky with his wife and daughter. He is large and sometimes he has a bushy beard but sometimes he only has a bushy mustache. He makes comics every day and loves studying history and teaching people about it. Chris is also the author and illustrator of Maker Comics: Fix a Car! and The Princess of Red Hats.


Payment type must be "CreditCard." Priority 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 is $35.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 1:00pm
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Blades of Freedom (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #10): A Tale of Haiti, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419746918
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amulet Books - November 24th, 2020

Discover the story of the Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase in this installment of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series!
The Louisiana Purchase (1803) is today seen as one of history’s greatest bargains. But why did Napoleon Bonaparte sell this seemingly prosperous territory?

History Comics: The Roanoke Colony: America's First Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250174352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - June 30th, 2020

In History Comics: The Roanoke Colony, Chris Schweizer investigates one of America's oldest and most intriguing mysteries.

Over a hundred years before the pilgrims, the very first English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island. But without warning, these colonists abandoned their new home and disappeared without a trace.

History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire: Rising From the Ashes Cover Image
By Alex Graudins (Illustrator), Kate Hannigan
ISBN: 9781250174260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - June 30th, 2020

In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed.

Free Lunch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324003601
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Winner of the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.