27 Magic Words, a children’s book by Sharelle Byars Moranville, has been selected by the Iowa Center for the Book as Iowa’s title for the 2016 National Book Festival’s Discover Great Places through Reading Map.
“Thank you so much, Iowa Center for the Book, for choosing 27 Magic Words to represent Iowa at the 2016 National Book Festival. There are many talented writers in Iowa, so I’m humbled to have this book represent our state,” said author Byars Moranville. “My publisher, Holiday House, chose a wonderful, magical cover for book, and I love to imagine it in the hands of the young readers at the Festival.”
The Discover Great Places through Reading map and brochure offers a list of 52 great reads and a map for children attending the National Book Festival that encourages them to visit all 52 tables in the Pavilion of States (plus the Library of Congress Center for the Book table) to get a unique sticker or stamp. Many of these books will be for sale in the Book Sales Pavilion, and 27 Magic Words will be added to the permanent collection in Library of Congress Young Readers Center.
About the Book
When Kobi is in kindergarten, her novelist mother gives her 27 magic words. Shortly after, Kobi’s parents disappear on a sailing trip and she and her sister are uprooted from their San Francisco home to live with wealthy, indulgent Grandmamma in Paris. Fast forward five years and the real story begins. Kobi and her sister have found their own coping skills for dealing with the loss of their parents: Kobi has figured out how to use most of the 27 magic words. As long as she doesn’t try to use them selfishly, they work fine to keep those she loves safe and happy. When the sisters must leave the luxury of Grandmamma’s Paris apartment and private tutors to move to Iowa, life becomes harder. The girls don’t know Uncle Wim, with whom they live.They don’t like American food.They don’t have the right kind of clothes. Perhaps most importantly, they have never attended school. But the sisters are resilient and open-hearted, and they eventually find their own ways to happiness and acceptance. Gradually, Kobi discovers there is more magic in the world than she ever imagined.
About the Author
Sharelle Byars Moranville has always been a passionate reader of fiction. She had to be a college student, a nanny, a psychiatric social worker, a graduate student, a college teaching assistant, a college professor, a computer science student, an Information Technology manager, a child advocate, and an adoptive parent before becoming a passionate writer of it. Her books include Over the River, The Purple Ribbon, A Higher Geometry, The Snows, The Hop, and 27 Magic Words.
For more information on the author, visit her website at www.sharellebyarsmoranville.com.
About the Festival
The 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event.
Helen Dagley and Emily Bainter, Information Specialist at the State Library of Iowa, will represent Iowa in the Pavilion of the States at the Festival. The Pavilion, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library of Congress, salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
Find out more about the National Book Festival at www.loc.gov/bookfest.