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Patricia MacLachlan - Author

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless novels for young readers, including Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; The Truth of Me; The Poet’s Dog; and My Father’s Words. She is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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You Were the First

You Were the First

Author: Patricia MacLachlan Illustrator: Stephanie Graegin Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2021

One day there may be a second - Or a third - To sleep in the basket with the yellow ribbon wound round But you will always be the first. This sweetly sentimental picture book helps parents remind firstborn children that they will always be cherished (even if, and when, a new baby arrives). That child will always have been the first to crawl, the first to sing, the first to light up mom and dad's eyes with wonder and joy. Children love to hear stories about what they were like when they were born but this is also a perfect answer when welcoming a new baby, offering older siblings tender reassurance that they will always be treasured. For families with only one child, the book celebrates why that one and only is so precious. Renowned author Patricia Maclachlan, who won a Newbery Medal for Sarah, Plain and Tall, weaves a beautiful story that is both comforting for children and sweetly reminiscent for parents and grandparents. Drawing inspiration from walks through her own neighborhood in Brooklyn, Stephanie Graegin offers illustrations that are refreshingly modern and timeless for families of all kinds.

A Secret Shared

A Secret Shared

Author: Patricia MacLachlan Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan paints a moving portrait of what it means to be a family, the power of love, and the importance of bringing the truth out into the light, in this beautiful and profound story about adoption. Nora and Ben's younger sister Birdy loves to keep secrets. She surprises her family more than once: She hides a kitten in her room. She writes a beautiful poem. One day Birdy watches her mother spit into a tube, ready to send it off to find out more about herself and where her family came from. Birdy spits into a tube, too, when no one sees her. But when the test results come back, they are a surprise. Birdy is seemingly not related to Nora and Ben's parents. But if she is adopted, how could that have happened without the children knowing? Nora and Ben must learn when to keep a secret, and who to go to for help-and eventually, how to solve this secret for the entire family.

Barkus: The Most Fun Book 3

Barkus: The Most Fun Book 3

Author: Patricia MacLachlan Illustrator: Marc Boutavant Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2021

Barkus is back in this third installment of the warm and funny early chapter book series from the Newbery Medal-winning author, Patricia MacLachlan. The lovable dog Barkus and his lucky young owner romp through the pages of this colorful and heartwarming book that's just right for emerging readers and fans of series like Henry and Mudge and Juana and Lucas. PERFECT FOR NEW READERS: The simple text and engaging pictures are just right for readers ready to take their first steps toward reading on their own. CRITCALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES: The New York Times said, The charm is infectious. and The Horn Book proclaimed, Fans will be begging for more. BUDDY BOOKS ARE PERENNIAL: Friendships are an integral part of every child's life. Barkus and his owner have lots of adventures together, but they also care about each other's feelings and they love one another unconditionally. AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Patricia MacLachlan has written dozens of books which have received many awards including the prestigious Newbery Medal. From picture books to chapter books to novels, her characters always linger in the minds of readers long after the books are closed. INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST: Marc Boutavant is a star illustrator in France and has a rising profile throughout the world. Perfect for: parents and grandparents, educators, librarians

When Grandfather Flew

When Grandfather Flew

Author: Patricia MacLachlan Illustrator: Chris Sheban Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2021

Wondrous Rex

Wondrous Rex

Author: Patricia MacLachlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2021

Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan has written a magical and funny tale about the joy found in using words, sharing stories, and loving a wondrous dog: Rex. Now available in paperback. Grace's aunt is a writer. She works with words every day and teaches Grace interesting words like melancholy and delirious. But Lily is often flummoxed by her writing. Her stories don't go anywhere, her desk is a mess, and her writer's group can't help. So Lily posts an ad for an assistant: A writer of books needs an assistant, a coach, a helper, for inspiration and some magic! The next day, Grace opens the door, and there is Rex: a Labrador retriever who will change Grace's life, and Lily's. The word amazing is an everyday word for Rex, who inspires Lily, and helps Grace find the words to write her own story.

Wondrous Rex

Wondrous Rex

Author: Patricia MacLachlan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan has written a magical and funny tale about the joy found in using words, sharing stories, and loving a wondrous dog: Rex. Grace's aunt is a writer. She works with words every day and teaches Grace interesting words like melancholy and delirious. But Lily is often flummoxed by her writing. Her stories don't go anywhere, her desk is a mess, and her writer's group can't help. So Lily posts an ad for an assistant: A writer of books needs an assistant, a coach, a helper, for inspiration and some magic! The next day, Grace opens the door, and there is Rex: a Labrador retriever who will change Grace's life, and Lily's. The word amazing is an everyday word for Rex, who inspires Lily, and helps Grace find the words to write her own story.

My Father's Words

My Father's Words

Author: Patricia MacLachlan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Patricia MacLachlan, beloved author of the Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall, has crafted another lyrical and touching novel for young readers about finding hope after the loss of a loved one. Now in paperback, this short, moving novel received four starred reviews. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. Declan O'Brien always had a gentle word to share, odd phrases he liked to repeat, and songs to sing while he played basketball. His favorite song was Dona Nobis Pacem, Grant Us Peace. His family loved him deeply and always knew they were loved in return. But a terrible accident one day changes their lives forever, and Fiona and Finn O'Brien are left without a father. Their mother is at a loss. What words are there to guide them through such overwhelming grief? At the suggestion of their friend Luke, Fiona and Finn volunteer at an animal rescue shelter, where they meet two sweet dogs who are in need of comfort, too. Perhaps with time, patience, and their father's gentle words in their hearts, hope will spark once more.

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