Whitney Gardner with Stephanie Cooke

Join us virtually Tuesday, July 6th to see the creator of Fake Blood , Whitney Gardner, with her newest exceptionally charrming
middle grade graphic novel about friendships both near and far, far away.
Ms. Gardner will be in conversation with Stephanie Cooke.
Whitney Gardner is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist living by the Salish Sea with her husband and two pugs. She started drawing stick figures in second grade and somehow no one's been able to stop her. If there’s ever a moment when she isn’t drawing she’s likely to be found baking, tending to her many houseplants, or rolling twenty-sided dice. Her favorite color is, and always will be, yellow. She is the author of the YA novels You’re Welcome, Universe and Chaotic Good, as well as the creator of Fake Blood and Long Distance and the illustrator for Debbie Levy’s Becoming RBG.
About Long Distance
Vega’s summer vacation is not going well.
When her parents decide it’s time to pack up and leave her hometown of Portland, Oregon, behind for boring Seattle, Washington, Vega is more than upset—she’s downright miserable. Forced to leave her one and only best friend, Halley, behind, Vega is convinced she’ll never make another friend again.
To help her settle into her new life in Seattle, her parents send Vega off to summer camp to make new friends. Except Vega is determined to get her old life back. But when her cellphone unexpectedly calls it quits and things at camp start getting stranger and stranger, Vega has no choice but to team up with her bunkmates to figure out what’s going on!
Stephanie Cooke is an award-winning writer and editor based out of Toronto. She’s a comic book fan, avid gamer, movie watcher, and lover of puns. She is a purveyor of too many projects and thrives in chaos. Her writing work is featured in Mark Millar’s Millarworld Annual, Wayward Sisters, The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, Toronto Comics Anthology, and more.
She’s also a crazy cat lady who happens to be terribly allergic to cats. As such, she settles for having just the one cat and takes a lot of allergy medication. 
Her debut graphic novel, Oh My Gods!, is out now from HMH Kids, to be followed by ParaNorthern in July 2021 and a sequel to Oh My Gods! in January 2022. Oh My Gods! offers a fresh and funny spin on Greek mythology. When an average girl moves to Mt. Olympus, she discovers her new classmates are gods and mythological creatures are actually real—as if junior high isn't hard enough! 
Event date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
A Likely Story Bookstore
Virtual Facebook Live
Sykesville, MD 21784
Long Distance Cover Image
By Whitney Gardner, Whitney Gardner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534455658
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 29th, 2021

Oh My Gods! (OMGs) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358299516
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-3 Days
Published: Etch/Clarion Books - January 5th, 2021