Reading Into History Book Wrap: 'Around The World' - Meet The Author!

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May 19, 2013

3pm.

DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society

Upper West Side

Tween

Free with admission: $15; $12 teachers and seniors; $10 students; $5 kids ages 5-13; free for kids 4 and younger

Event description: Come discuss the graphic novel "Around the World" by award-winning author/illustrator Matt Phelan. There will be snacks, conversation, a Q&A with the author, and a peak at objects from the museum's collection related to world exploration and ground-breaking female journalist and world-traveler, Nellie Bly. And of course, there will be a book signing.

"Around The World" tells the stories of three people who circumnavigated the globe in different ways: Thomas Stevens did it on a bike, Nellie Bly set a record by steamboat, and Joshua Slocum was the first to make the trip alone on a 36-foot sloop. Each world-traveler faced different challenges while experiencing cultural encounters very few people could in the nineteenth century. This book has earned starred reviews from Kirkus, the School Library Journal and many more publications. The New York Times calls it "A first-rate pleasure from the acclaimed graphic novelist Phelan. And this book - riveting, wondrously drawn, expertly paced - is a triumph in and of itself."

Each month at DiMenna families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and visit the History Detectives blog! At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, meet other history detectives, and even the authors! Past authors have included Walter Dean Myers, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.

Address: 170 Central Park West
Upper West Side, NY 10024
Phone: 212-485-9293
Website: nyhistory.org

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