One Book, One City for Kids

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One Book, One City for Kids is a cool reading program that tries to get all the 5th graders in one city (Grand Rapids) to read the same book. The 2022 selection is The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge.

Meet the Author.

One Book, One City for Kids Author Talk: Christopher Edge
Friday, March 25, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Virtual Event | Zoom

Meet Christopher Edge, the author of The Jamie Drake Equation, the 2022 One Book, One City for Kids selection. Christopher will discuss his book, writing it, and will answer questions from the audience during this live online event. 

Please use the following link on the day and time of the event to enjoy this experience: 

Learn a little bit about the author

Christopher Edge is an award-winning children’s author whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

His novel The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day won the STEAM Children’s Book Prize and his last four novels were all nominated for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Before becoming a writer, he worked as an English teacher, editor and publisher – any job that let him keep a book close to hand. He grew up in Manchester, England  where he spent most of his childhood in the local library dreaming up stories. He now lives in Gloucestershire, England with his wife and family, close to his local library where he still spends a lot of his time dreaming up stories.

Learn more about Christopher Edge.

How amazing would it be to have a dad who’s an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake’s dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it’s cool but he just really misses him . . .

Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life is getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad’s mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he’s a hero too?

A cosmic adventure for anyone who’s ever looked at the stars.

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One Book, One City for Kids is funded by:

The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation – DeVos and Hekman Funds

Community Partner