Join us as we welcome CAROLINE BROOKS DUBOIS on Saturday, November 19 at 1:00 pm for an interactive writing workshop and at 2:15 pm  for a book talk & signing to celebrate the release of  ODE TO A NOBODY.


PLEASE NOTE, the interactive writing workshop is for aspiring young writers and young-at-heart writers!

The workshop is FREE to attend, but seats are limited, so registration is requiredREGISTER HERE.

Please bring your own writing materials (pen/pencil, notebook/paper/journal, whatever is your preference!)

Be prepared for collaborative activities, guided brainstorming, writing and sharing, at comfortable levels for all in attendance!

**Can’t attend an event?  Don’t miss out on signed copies!  You can order autographed books for any of our in-person author events by going here and leaving your personalization instructions in the comments at checkout! Your books will be signed and ready for pickup or shipping the day after the event.**


A devastating tornado tears apart more than just houses in this striking novel in verse about a girl rebuilding herself.

Before the storm, thirteen-year-old Quinn was happy flying under the radar. She was average. Unremarkable. Always looking for an escape from her house, where her bickering parents fawned over her genius big brother.

     Inside our broken home / we didn’t know how broken / the world outside was.

But after the storm, Quinn can’t seem to go back to average. Her friends weren’t affected by the tornado in the same way. To them, the storm left behind a playground of abandoned houses and distracted adults. As Quinn struggles to find stability in the tornado’s aftermath, she must choose: between homes, friendships, and versions of herself.

Nothing that was mine / yesterday is mine today.

Told in rich, spectacular verse, Caroline Brooks DuBois crafts a powerful story of redemption as Quinn makes her way from Before to After. There’s nothing average about the world Quinn wakes up to after the storm; maybe there’s nothing average about her, either. This emotional coming-of-age journey for middle grade readers proves that it’s never too late to be the person you want to be.


Caroline Brooks DuBois is the Director of the Literary Arts Conservatory at Nashville School of the Arts. She was recognized as a Nashville Blue Ribbon Teacher for her dedication to students and excellence in teaching adolescents. THE PLACES WE SLEEP (Holiday House / 2020), an NCTE Notable Book in Poetry and A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, is her debut middle-grade novel and received a Starred Review from School Library Journal. Her second middle-grade verse novel, ODE TO A NOBODY, (Holiday House / November 8th, 2022) is set in the backdrop of the 2020 Nashville tornados. DuBois lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two children, and dog. Check her out at

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