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Ivy Noelle Weir & Amber Padilla: The Secret Garden on 81st Street

Ivy Noelle Weir & Amber Padilla: The Secret Garden on 81st Street

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 06:00PM ET
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An all-ages launch for The Secret Garden on 81st Street, a new graphic novel adaptation of The Secret Garden, with writer Ivy Noelle Weir, artist Amber Padilla, and author Elly Swartz. Celebrate with us!

Books purchased on the registration page will be SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED by the writer!

The Secret Garden on 81st Street

The Secret Garden with a twist: in this follow-up to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, this full-color graphic novel moves Mary Lennox to a New York City brownstone, where she and her very first group of friends restore an abandoned rooftop garden...and her uncle's heart.

Mary Lennox is a loner living in Silicon Valley. With her parents always working, video game and tech become her main source of entertainment and "friends." When her parents pass away in a tragic accident, she moves to New York City to live with her uncle who she barely knows, and to her surprise, keeps a gadget free home. Looking for comfort in this strange, new reality, Mary discovers an abandoned rooftop garden and an even bigger secret...her cousin who suffers from anxiety. With the help of her new friends, Colin and Dickon, Mary works to restore the garden to its former glory while also learning to grieve, build real friendships, and grow.

Ivy Noelle Weir is an award-winning comic book writer, librarian, and publishing professional. She writes comics for all ages, speaks on the topic of pop culture and librarianship at conferences and comic cons nationwide, and writes essays on libraries, mental health, comic books, and other topics. She lives in the greater Boston area with her fiancé and their two tiny, weird dogs.

Amber Padilla is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Oakland, CA and holds an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. The Secret Garden on 81st Street: A Modern Graphic Retelling of The Secret Garden is Amber’s debut graphic novel. Originally from Santa Ana CA, she was raised on a healthy diet of animation, science fiction, soap operas, and Japanese anime and manga. When she’s not drawing or crafting she enjoys snuggling with her cat, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Moderator Elly Swartz is the author of 4 contemporary middle grade novels: Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, Give and Take, and Dear Student. Elly loves writing, Twizzlers, dancing in the kitchen, and anything with her family!