Shop the Upper School Book Fair:
Sunday at Middle School: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday & Tuesday: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am to 2:00pm
Buy a gift certificate for a staffer this week so your favorites can shop at The Faculty Tea!
Meet Derrick Barnes!
MKA Middle School (201 Valley Road) | Shop: 12-4pm | Author Speaks: 2pm
Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which recently won the 2018 EZRA JACK KEATS AWARD. It was also a HUGE winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home FOUR Honor awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newbery Honor, and the Caldecott Honor.
His first two books were published by Scholastic; Stop Drop and Chill, and The Low Down Bad Day Blues. His first YA novel, The Making of Dr. Truelove was published by Simon Pulse which was recognized by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys (Scholastic). His 2011 middle grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was rereleased in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books. Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company. He is the owner of a creative copy writing company, Say Word Creative Communications. He is also the creator of the popular blog Raising The Mighty, where he ‘chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful Black boys in America’. His next book, entitled The King of Kindergarten, will be published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin. Derrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their four sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi (Nom-dee).
Emmy award winning writer Amy Bass was born and raised in New England, the daughter of two noted local journalists, in a house filled with books and a yard filled with an enormous vegetable garden, berry patches, a small orchard, and about 30 acres of woods going straight up a mountain. Now a New Yorker, she makes sure that the Red Sox, the Berkshire Hills, and Cape Cod beaches and bike paths remain big pieces of her heart.
Bass went to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where her fourth book, “One Goal” is set. She’s been seen on the Today Show, can be heard on NPR, including The Takeaway and Midday, and has been featured in the Boston Globe. She’s written about sports and politics for Slate, Salon, the Allrounder, and CNN Opinion. In television, she served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports across eight Olympic Games, winning her Emmy for her work at the London Olympics in 2012.