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Author Reading: MARTIN MCLEAN, MIDDLE SCHOOL QUEEN by Alyssa Zaczek

Please join us for a reading, audience Q&A, and book-signing in celebration of Martin McLean, Middle School Queen by Alyssa Zaczek. This kid-friendly event is perfect for ages 8 and up! 

Seventh-grader Martin McLean is surrounded by people who can express themselves--his mother is an artist, his colorful Tio Billy works in theater, and his best friends Carmen and Pickle don't care what other people think. But Martin can only find the right words when he's answering a problem at a Mathletes competition--until his tio introduces him to the world of drag. In a swirl of sequins and stilettos, Martin creates his fabulous drag queen alter ego, Lottie Leon. As Lottie, he is braver than he's ever been; but as Martin, he doesn't have the guts to tell anyone outside of his family about her. When Martin discovers that his first-ever drag show is the same night as the most important Mathletes tournament, he realizes that he can only pull off both appearances by revealing his true self to his friends--and channeling his inner drag superstar.

Alyssa Zaczek is a playwright, journalist, and a lifelong lover of words. This is her debut novel. Originally from Chicago, Alyssa now lives in St. Cloud, Minn.

Accessibility: Our store is wheelchair accessible, however--there is a narrow hallway and sharp 90-degree turn on the way to our bathrooms. Seating is first-come, first-served, but we are happy to reserve seats for people with disabilities. We have LED lighting that can be adjusted with dimmers. Please call the store at 773-769-9299 the day of the event if you need a reserved seat or have additional questions.


Event date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Martin McLean, Middle School Queen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454935704
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Sterling Children's Books - January 7th, 2020