Jr. High Writing Jam!

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FREE  – Saturday, February 23, 12 – 2 p.m. at The Mill

All 7th and 8th graders who like to write are invited to register. Join other writers to compare ideas and be inspired to write something new. Authors and instructors from the Iowa Youth Writing Project will moderate this awesome event. Free pizza, open mic, and fabulous door prizes!

Special Guests:
Katie Kennedy, author of LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA, (Bloomsbury, 2016) and WHAT GOES UP, (Bloomsbury, July, 2017).

WHAT GOES UP: Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.

There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they’ll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that’s out of this world.


Jenny Moyer, author of FLASHFALL, (Henry Holt and Co., 2016), and FLASHTIDE, (Henry Holt and Co., 2017).

FLASHFALL: Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.