Get a Clue!

The event is over! Thank you to everyone who attended and to Field Elementary for letting us use their beautiful school. Special thanks to our author guests for their time and attention. You can click the links/photos below to find more about them and their books.


To our volunteers Katie Ferguson, Kate Grieco, Janelle Alexander, Jane Gov, Charlotte Caldwell, Thuy Lam, Kimberly Cooper, Kim Laird, Jason Donaghe, and YA author Carol Tanzman. We could not have done it without you!


If you attended and have photographs you would like to share, please email them to We especially would like photos of kids in their disguises :)

You can still purchase signed books (while supplies last) from

Once Upon a Time Bookstore

2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
phone: 818-248-9668

Contact: Maureen Palacios

Photographs taken by Katie Ferguson can be viewed here! A few of our favorites are below.

Get a Clue - Feb 1, 2013


Love a good whodunit? Join us on February 1 and solve some mysterious mysteries with seven middle grade authors, while learning a little bit about what makes up a good story.

Books will be for sale through Once Upon a Time Bookstore and time will be set aside for autographs. Snacks and drinks will be available (for a small cash donation) throughout the event.

Solve the mystery first and you could win the secret prize! (What could it be?)

Costumes–ahem!–disguises are encouraged but not required.




When: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Where: Field Elementary School in Pasadena

3600 East Sierra Madre Boulevard  Pasadena, CA 91107 [ MAP ]


Kevin Emerson, author of The Fellowship for Alien Detection (Walden Pond Press, 2013)

Kevin Emerson


Kevin Emerson



Kristen Kittscher, author of The Wig in the Window (Harper Collins, 2013)

Kristen Kittscher

Friend detectives?


Leslie Margolis, author of Vanishing Acts: A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery (Bloomsbury USA, 2012)

Leslie Margolis




Gordon McAlpine, author of The Tell-Tale Start (The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe) (Viking Juvenile, 2013)




Kathleen O’Dell, author of The Aviary (Knopf, 2011)



Kathleen O'Dell



Shawn Thomas Odyssey, author of the Oona Crate series: The Wizard of Dark Street (Egmont USA, 2011) and The Magician’s Tower (Egmont USA, Feb 2013)



Shawn Thomas Odyssey & friends

Ellis Weiner, author of The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Chronicle Books, 2012)


Ellis Weiner

Ellis Weiner

This is a ticketed event. Please get a ticket for each adult and child attending. Recommended age is 7-12 years of age. Donations are optional and much appreciated; you would be helping us fund more fun literacy events like this one.

Tao Nyeu & Salina Yoon


Please join us when author-illustrators Tao Nyeu and Salina Yoon visit Unwind, just in time for the holidays!

The authors will read their stories, do a little bit of drawing demonstration, and sign books.

We will feature some fun crafts and have tasty treats available (for a small cash donation).

Guests are welcome to shop at our friendly local yarn store, Unwind!

We will also have more books available at the event.

Pre-order books from Once Upon a Time in Montrose – 818-248-9668

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Who: Author/illustrators Tao Nyeu and Salina Yoon

When: Saturday, December 1 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Where: Unwind, 818 North Hollywood Way, Burbank CA 91505

818-840-0800 –

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Join us!

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About the books


Squid & Octopus, Friends for Always


Squid & Octopus

From Dial

A loyal friend makes every day a happy one.

The four tales in this charming picture book show funny moments in the life of best friends Squid and Octopus. Yes, they argue sometimes (about things as silly as whether they should wear mittens or socks to keep their tentacles warm!), but they are always able to cheer each other up in glum times (such as when Squid wakes from the dream of being a superhero and feels disappointed to be plain old Squid again).

They are a very lucky duo. As the fortune cookie in the final story says, they will always have a true friend to count on.


Penguin & Pinecone


Penguin & Pinecone: A Friendship Story

From Walker & Co.

One day, Penguin found a curious object.

When Penguin finds a lost pinecone one day, an unlikely friendship blooms. But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can’t live in the snow—they belong in the warm forest far away. Though he will miss his friend, Penguin returns Pinecone to his home, dreaming of the day they can reunite. And when he finally returns to the forest to check on his friend, Penguin discovers that love only grows over time—and so do little pinecones!

Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating friendships lost and found, and overcoming the odds to be with the one you love.

Middle Grade Authors at McKinley

Who: Margaret Peterson Haddix, Lisa McMann, Shannon Messenger, and Helen Stringer

When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

Where: McKinley School, 325 South Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena CA 91101 


Admission: Free

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 Margaret Peterson HaddixCaught (The Missing, Book 5)


Lisa McMannThe Unwanteds: Island of Silence (Unwanteds, Book 2)

 @lisa_mcmann on Twitter

Shannon MessengerKeeper of the Lost Cities

 @sw_messenger on Twitter

Helen StringerThe Midnight Gate (Spellbinder, Book 2)

@hcstringer on Twitter

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YA Rising Stars

Who: Allen Zadoff, Ann Stampler, Carol Tanzman, Jesse Andrews,
Kathy McCullough, Lisa M. Stasse, Lissa Price, Sherry Shahan

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Barnes & Noble at The Americana

210 Americana Way, Glendale CA 91210


Admission: Free

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Jesse Andrews - Me and Earl and The Dying Girl
photo credit: Tamara Reichberg

Jesse Andrews – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Kathy McCulloughDon’t Expect Magic

@kathymccullough on Twitter

Lissa Price - Starters

Lissa PriceStarters

@lissa_price on Twitter

Sherry Shahan - Purple Daze and Ice Island

Sherry ShahanPurple Daze, Ice Island

photo credit: Sonya Sones

Ann Redisch StamplerWhere It Began

@annstampler on Twitter

Lisa M. Stasse – The Forsaken

 @lisamstasse on Twitter

Carol Tanzman – Circle of Silence, dancergirl

@caroltanzman on Twitter

Allen ZadoffSince You Left Me

My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have

Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin

@allenzadoff on Twitter

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