Earlier this month, three bestselling Penguin Teen authors embarked on a cross-country tour; Jerry Spinelli was a star; Lauren Tarshis returned home; and Caron Levis kidded around.

Travelin’ Band

From March 3–7, Marie Lu (The Kingdom of Back), Melissa de la Cruz (The Queen’s Assassin), and Astrid Scholte (The Vanishing Deep) visited four cities for Penguin Teen on Tour. The tour kicked off at the San Diego Public Library in San Diego, Calif., before stopping by The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City; Tattered Cover (Aspen Grove) in Littleton, Colo.; and coming to a close at Half Price Books in Dallas. Pictured in the center (from l.), Lu, de la Cruz, and Scholte with the audience at The King’s English.

Star Light, Star Bright

Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli attended the Disney+ premiere for Stargirl, a film adaptation of his bestselling novel of the same name. The premiere took place in Los Angeles on March 10. On March 13, Stargirl, which features America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal in the eponymous role, was released on the Disney+ platform.

Homecoming Happiness

Earlier this month, Lauren Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912: The Graphic Novel, Graphix) visited her hometown of Westport, Conn., to launch her latest book at the Westport Library. Tarshis spoke to an audience of around 450 people and subsequently invited children to the stage for a workshop. Here, Tarshis (center) poses with library staffers.


Author Caron Levis (Ida, Always) recently had the chance to read her forthcoming picture book This Way, Charlie (Abrams), illus. by Charles Santoso, to a pair of goats she met at the New York Academy of Art. The picture book centers on the budding friendship between a brusque goat named Jack and a partially blind horse named Charlie on a rescue ranch.