Hello all! We will be starting a new way of getting to know all the authors coming to the SOKY Book Fest. Every Wednesday we will have a selection of authors that will be featured that week. Read on to learn more about the middle grade fantasy authors that will be there!


Tracy Barrett is the author of numerous books and magazine articles for young readers.

Her most recent publications are The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, a collection of little-known Greek myths; a retelling of Cinderella entitled The Stepsister’s Tale; and the popular middle-grade series The Sherlock Files.

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“You’re in the middle of a dark wood, not sure how you got there or even exactly where you are.”

The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is Barrett’s newest middle grade novel. This fantasy novel is a funny, adventure-filled collection of wonderfully weird “new” Greek myths. This unforgettable collection spins tales of love and loss, hilariously vain superheroes, ancient robots, untrappable giant foxes, men reborn after being torn apart by dragons, and even the world’s first monkeys.

 

 


Debbie Dadey is a Kentucky native and Western graduate who is thrilled to be back in KY with her newest book from Simon and Schuster, Flower Girl Dreams, # 16 in the Mermaid Tales series.

She is the author and co-author of 162 children’s books, including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids.

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“Pearl sighed. She had always wanted to be a flower girl, ever since she’d attended her own cousin’s wedding when she was a small fry. But so far, no one had asked her.”

Pearl has always dreamed of being a flower girl. So when she finds out that Shelly, Kiki, and Echo are going to be flower girls in Mr. Fangtooth’s upcoming wedding, Pearl makes up her mind: One way or another, she is going to be in that wedding too-with some disastrous and hilarious results.

 

 


Jen Swann Downey is the author of The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand and The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks

Jen is hard at work on the 3rd installment of the Ninja Librarians series.

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“Twelve-year-old Dorrie Barnes was on pins and needles 

And thumbtacks.”

An apprentice of the Lybrariad, a secret society of time -traveling warrior librarians, twelve-year-old Dorrie is eager to prove her worth in her practicums. But, before she can choose between “Spears, Axes, and Cats: Throwing Objects with Precision and Flair” and “First and Last Aid: When No One Else Is Coming”, the Lybrariad is rocked by a terrible revelation.

 

 


Christina Farley is the author of the bestselling Gilded series. Prior to that, she worked as an international teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie dust before the sun rose.

When not traveling the world or creating imaginary ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with her husband and two sons.

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“None of this would have happened if Mom had just made macaroni and cheese for dinner.”

A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers, who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But for generations Word Weavers have been hunted for their power. That’s why Keira is forbidden to write. When Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen, and writes a story for the Girls’ World fairy-tale contest, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after.

 

 


Lucas McWilliams and Sophia McWilliams are a father-daughter team that stated writing Wielders when Sophia was 12.

Lucas and Sophia live with their family on a hilltop close to the Kentucky River Palisades. Their loving family includes Lucas’ wife, the local librarian, Sophia’s two silly younger sisters, their cat, Kiki and their dog’s Peanut and Ginger.

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“Much like the first time I landed on the other world, or rather my world, I managed to come out of the space portal standing up with considerably better bearings than the first time.”

Transported to another world, five middle school friends become Wielders of magic creatures called phasers. Together they form a league team called the Dreamers and learn to battle using their phasers. With no way home, they are just trying to make their way in this new world, one adventure at a time. Four years have passed in four days! Everything seems to have changed in Silver Town. Enemies lurk in every corner while old friends are hard to find. Will the Dreamers save the day or be brought down by what defeated their friends?

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