For her seventh novel for middle graders, Hummingbird (Scholastic), Natalie Lloyd set out on an eight-city tour earlier this month. Her events included book signings, live readings, conversations about the novel, and the opportunity to meet readers. (Despite following protocols, Lloyd tested positive for Covid back home before setting out on the last leg of her tour, and her final appearance, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove, Ill., had to be canceled.) We've gathered tour highlights below.

Natalie Lloyd signs a copy of Hummingbird for a young reader at Parnassus Books in Nashville.

Lloyd spoke to a crowd at Parnassus, where the book was an August Sparks Book Club selection.

Lloyd (c.) with fans at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, including author colleagues Varsha Bajaj (far l.) and Pura Belpré Honor author Adrianna Cuevas (second from r.).

In conversation with Jocelyn Bailey at the Book & Cover in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the children’s room under the Giving Tree.