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May Event with Two Local Authors!

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May Event with Two Local Authors!

On May 4th, 2024, we have the privilege of hosting author/illustrator Ann Suk Wang and author Judy Campbell-Smith at the San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe. Join us at 3pm at 2476 Huntington Drive in San Marino.


Pre registration is recommended and includes an option to buy a book from each author to have signed at the event.


Ann Wang: Author of “The House Before Falling Into the Sea”


A child and her family take in refugees during the Korean War in this poignant picture book about courage and what it really means to care for your neighbors.


Every day, more and more people fleeing war in the north show up at Kyung Tak and her family’s house on the southeastern shore of Korea. With nowhere else to go, the Taks’ home is these migrants’ last chance of refuge “before falling into the sea,” and the household quickly becomes crowded, hot, and noisy.


Then war sirens cry out over Kyung’s city too, and her family and their guests take shelter underground.


When the sirens stop, Kyung is upset—she wishes everything could go back to the way it was before: before the sirens, before strangers started coming into their home. But after an important talk with her parents, her new friend Sunhee, and Sunhee’s father, Kyung realizes something important: We’re stronger when we have each other, and the kindness we show one another in the darkest of times is a gift we’ll never regret.


***Three starred reviews***

*”A poignant tale of light in the darkness—and compassion in times of war.”—Kirkus


About the Author: Ann Suk Wang tells stories through picture books, children’s novels, and journalistic pieces. When not writing, Ann is likely dancing, listening to podcasts, advocating for adoption, or sampling the next perfect dessert. A graduate of UCLA (BA) and Boston University (MS), she’s an active member of SCBWI, and lives in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California with her supportive husband, two
energetic sons, and canine bestie.


Judy Campbell-Smith, author of “Ice Cream Everywhere: Sweet Stories from Around the World”


Everywhere you go, all around the world people are eating ice cream! And while some folks spoon up sundaes and some savor Syrian bouza--one thing is always true: ice cream is joy! Travel the globe and discover a mouthwatering selection of cold, creamy treats. Which one is your favorite?!


Ice Cream Everywhere includes a map, an author's note--and three scoops of fun.


About the Author: Judy Campbell-Smith has previously written for the La Mirada Insider and has had work featured on TheWitnessBCC.com. She has many years of working and volunteering with children, which she credits for her interest in children's books. She is a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Judy lives in California with her husband and two children.


RSVP and order copies of the book to bring to the event here.


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