Jill Diamond, Dana Middleton & Henry Lien

Event date: 
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Come Meet the Authors!


Jill Diamond, Dana Middleton & Henry Lien

Come join us for an afternoon of girl power protagonists as we welcome these middle grade authors to Hicklebees! We'll chat, ask questions and get some books signed.


Jill Diamond has loved children’s literature for as long as she can remember, thanks to her school-librarian mother and long, cold winters in Maine. LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY is her debut middle grade novel and the first book in the LOU LOU AND PEA series. In addition to writing middle grade fiction, Jill practices law, dreams about her next travels, eats soft-serve ice cream, and wears cowboy boots. Jill now lives in San Francisco with her husband and their son.

Dana Middleton was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia until her family moved to a farm in the North Georgia mountains. For most of her grown-up life, she lived in Los Angeles, California, very close to the Hollywood sign. She worked in theatre and film but secretly wanted to be a writer. Some of her favorite books as a child were Where the Red Fern Grows, Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, Little Cabin in the Big Woods, and A Wrinkle in TimeOPEN IF YOU DARE and THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES are her middle grade novels.

Henry Lien is a "speculative fiction writer" (In case you don’t know, that’s a fancy way to say “science fiction and fantasy writer” without people thinking you have geek cooties). PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD is his first middle grade novel. Lien likes to write about very specific things, like Wu Liu (a sport he made up combining kung fu and figure skating), imperial court eunuchs, earthquakes, grandes dames of the Gilded Age, underwater gardening, and how to talk to dolphins. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an attorney, fine art dealer, and college instructor. He lives in Hollywood, CA.




Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza By Jill Diamond, Lesley Vamos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jill Diamond, Lesley Vamos (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780374302986
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 24th, 2018

BFFs Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl are busy preparing for the Bicentennial Bonanza, their city's two-hundredth birthday bash And this year, the party will take place in their beloved neighborhood of El Corazon. With a baking contest, talent show, and a new gazebo planned, the community can't wait to celebrate the founders (and historical BFFs), Diego Soto and Giles Wonderwood. But when Vice-Mayor Andy Argyle claims the festivities belong to Verde Valley, using a mysterious diary as evidence, Lou Lou and Pea smell trouble. Will the friends be able to uncover the secrets of their city's founding, and bring the Bonanza back to El Corazon?

Ages 8+

Open If You Dare By Dana Middleton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250085726
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 17th, 2017

Like Birdie Adams didn't have enough problems this summer. But Birdie's Birdie. And if a long-buried box has "Open if you dare" written on its lid, then Birdie and her best friends, Ally and Rose, are going to open it.

And now, along with everything else that's going on--Ally's pitching slump, Rose's banishment to Britain, and Birdie's annoying younger sister being, you know, annoying--the best friends are caught up in solving a mystery planted by a dead girl forty years ago.

Ages 9+

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword (Book 1) By Henry Lien Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250165695
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 3rd, 2018

Welcome to Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, where the blades are sharp and the competition is fierce.

Peasprout Chen dreams of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating.

As the first students from the rural country of Shin to attend Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout and her little brother Cricket have some pretty big skates to fill. They soon find themselves in a heated competition for top ranking.

Tensions rise when the dazzling pearl buildings of the Academy are vandalized and outsider Peasprout is blamed for the attacks by her rivals ... and even some friends.

Now, she must uncover the true vandal to ensure peace between Shin and Pearl - all while becoming a champion.

Ages 10+