Pre-Order How To Catch A Polar Bear by Stacy DeKeyser

River Bend Bookshop is excited to host the pre-order campaign for the newest middle grade novel from Stacy DeKeyser: How To Catch a Polar Bear, publishing with Simon & Schuster on June 27.  Order your signed or personalized copy now!


About the Author

Signed Stacy DeKeyser books available at River Bend BookshopStacy DeKeyser is the author of acclaimed novels for young readers, including The Rhino in Right Field and The Brixen Witch. In addition to “Best Books” lists at the Chicago Public Library and the Bank Street (NY) College of Education, Stacy’s books have been named to award lists in 14 states, statewide Battle of the Books lists in New Mexico and Wisconsin, and on summer reading lists and “One School, One Book” programs across the country.

Stacy is a popular presenter at schools, libraries, book fairs, and conferences. She lives in a small town right here in Connecticut with her family.  We are so glad to have her as our neighbor!




About the Book

Get your signed copy of How To Catch A Polar Bear by Stacy DeKeyser at River Bend BookshopIn this historical fiction companion to The Rhino in Right Field, Nick’s summer gets way more exciting when a polar bear escapes from the local zoo—perfect for fans of Stuart Gibbs and The One and Only Ivan.

It’s 1948, and twelve-year-old Nick is ready for the best summer ever. He’s going to hang out with his best pal, Ace, and maybe with Penny too—she is a girl, but she has a great throwing arm! Then things get wild when a polar bear escapes from Milwaukee’s city zoo and appears right on his block. They’re all going to have to keep their eyes open now.

But Nick’s grand plans start to crumble when Ace gets a paper route and Penny decides to share it with him. Now they’re never around. Nick himself is working at his Uncle Spiro’s frozen custard shop, but at least he gets free all-you-can-eat frozen custard. When Uncle Spiro opens a custard stand at the zoo, Nick volunteers to help—if that polar bear escapes again, he’ll have a front row seat!

Only their competitor, Happy Harold, opens a stand of his own. Now Nick is scrambling to keep their customers, especially because Happy keeps playing dirty tricks. When Penny discovers that someone may have let the polar bear out on purpose, Nick suspects it might be Happy. With mysteries to solve and a whole zoo-full of monkey business, it looks like Nick’s summer won’t be so boring after all!


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