AfterMath: An Interview with Emily Barth Isler

In AfterMath, twelve-year-old Lucy is still grieving her little brother, Theo, who recently died from a congenital heart defect. Her parents are so intent on a “fresh start” that she doesn’t know how to talk to them anymore. And the other kids in her grade are survivors of a very different kind of tragedy: a school shooting that devastated their small town four years ago. Without the shared past that both unites and divides her classmates, Lucy feels lost. Even her love of math doesn’t offer the absolute answers she craves. But when an after-school mime class gives her a chance to forge new kinds of connections, Lucy finds that while grief can take many shapes and sadness may feel infinite, love is just as powerful.

Debut author Emily Barth Isler shares her writing journey and the books that inspired her. Read on to find a book trailer, free discussion guide, and so much more!

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Celebrating Intergenerational Stories

By Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

Let’s face it. Grandparents are the best. They share very unique, very powerful connections with the generations that follow. Between fishing trips, board games, and epic fantasy battles, a grandparent can infuse moments with adventure and warmth. These moments become treasured memories that remind us how much we can love someone else.

Today we explore fiction and nonfiction titles that celebrate these relationships. Fill your shelves with these meaningful, heartwarming stories that readers will want to share with their own grandparents. And don’t forget to observe Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, September 12th!

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