Ginger Crump has a problem. Two of them, actually.
First, the residents of Flinkwater, Iowa, are becoming forgetful. Her dad seems to have forgotten that they have a cat, and Ginger’s unwitting fiancé Billy seems to have forgotten Ginger. This is not simple absentmindedness—it’s a nefarious plot.
Second, an anonymous stealth censor has removed all the talking animals from her e-book version of Charlotte’s Web. It turns out that the e-book version has been globally hacked, and in near-future Flinkwater, paper books are hard to find.
Ginger, being Ginger, swings into action—just in time for Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1).
I’ll be doing a couple of events around the Twin Cities:
October 1 I’ll be at Metropolitan State University for a Banned Books event. Phyllis Root and Marion Dane Bauer will be there too. We’ll be signing books and talking about censorship. The event is from 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m I’ll be at Wild Rumpus signing copies of The Forgetting Machine and the new paperback edition of The Flinkwater Factor. Also on hand will be copies of Sky Blue Water, a new collection of YA and middle-grade short stories by Minnesota writers, including me.
Take a break from the leaf-raking and come if you can!