Red Balloon is thrilled to welcome Kekla Magoon, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and local artist Molly Murakami for the launch of their graphic novel series, Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem!
Two everyday superheroes set out to save the world—starting with their school—in an exciting new middle-grade graphic series from two award-winning authors and a debut illustrator. Join Cynthia, Kekla, and Molly for a conversation on the inspiration and process of making Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem!
To attend: Space is limited, so a ticket is required to attend. You can register for free through March 5, 4:00pm, and preorder the book below. Additional copies of Blue Stars: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem will be available for purchase during the event.
Signing Guidelines: Following the event, the authors and illustrator will sign and personalize copies of the book. If you would prefer not to stay for the signing portion, Red Balloon is happy to have your books signed and personalized for you and will contact you when they're ready to be picked up.
Accessibility: Red Balloon Bookshop is wheelchair accessible and has a handicap parking spot directly behind our store. If you have a disability or medical condition and have questions about/need other specific accommodations, please email email@example.com or call 651-224-8320.
Kekla Magoon is the renowned author of numerous fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, an NAACP Image Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and four Coretta Scott King Honors, among other accolades. Kekla Magoon lives in Montpelier, Vermont, and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee citizen) is an acclaimed NYTimes bestselling author, the 2024 Southern Mississippi Medallion Winner, an American Indian Youth Literature Award winner, and the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate. Cynthia is also the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint of HarperCollins, and was the inaugural Katherine Paterson Chair at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
Molly Murakami is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and creator of several webcomics. The Blue Stars Series: Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem is her publishing debut. She lives in Minnesota.