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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.