A "Seagarden" Party with Michelle Barry and Nancy Tandon in West Hartford

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Come celebrate Seagarden, the highly-anticipated sequel to Moongarden, with author Michelle Barry. She will be joined by Nancy Tandon for a fun chat about the Plotting the Stars series and telling stories.

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This event will take place at our West Hartford book shop.

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Forced to hide her new-found magic or risk imprisonment or worse, Myra enrolls in an interplanetary academy exchange program to dig up more about the government’s many conspiracies, but instead uproots even darker secrets that could drown everything she’s grown to trust. The second book in the searing STEAM-inspired Plotting the Stars middle grade series perfect for fans of The City of Ember and Divergent.

Revolution is watered with sweat and tears.

As Myra Hodger begins her second year at the elite Scientific Lunar Academy of Magic, she should be happy. Her days of faking Number Whisperer magic are over, and she has friends she can trust with the secret of her Botan abilities. But that doesn’t mean she’s through pretending to be someone she’s not. Mourning Bernie and the incredible Moongarden they cultivated together, she feels like she’s losing herself just when she found the thing that made her feel whole. She’s given a seed of hope when she runs into a teen Rep in the hallway who looks eerily familiar. But irritable Bernard, controlled by his Rep implant, is nothing like her beloved Bernie.

With the continuing interplanetary food crisis conspiracy, an anonymous tip about a community of free Reps who might be able to help save Bernard, and the hunt for more information about what really happened to the banished Botans, all routes seem to point to Venus, and an exchange program with the Vesuvian Academy of Magical Arts might provide Myra and her friends the cover they need to unearth the answers they seek.

Or it might widen the cracks already forming among them, releasing a flood of consequences that could wash away all they’ve worked so hard to grow.

The second book in the Plotting the Stars series, Seagarden blossoms with unexpected twists and heartbreaking revelations, underpinned by climate change warnings and a determination to fight against the status quo.



Michelle A. Barry was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, though she was later cajoled over the border into Connecticut by her future husband, and she has happily resided there for many years. She holds a degree in communications from Salve Regina University and has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer and editor, and marketing professional. She currently lives in Connecticut with her charming husband and their two delightful children. She is the author of Moongarden, the first book in the Plotting the Stars series. Visit her online at michellebarrybooks.com or follow her on Instagram @michellebarrybooks and Twitter @michelleabarry. 

Nancy Tandon is a children’s book author who loves sharing all kinds of stories. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a speech-language pathologist, and an adjunct professor of Phonetics and Child Language Development, all of which helped plant seeds for stories about awesome kids doing brave things. Her debut middle grade novel, The Way I Say It (Charlesbridge, 2022) was an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce and Indies Next pick as well as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. She is also the author of The Ghost of Spruce Point, forthcoming from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster (2022). Born and raised in Michigan, Nancy now lives with her family in Connecticut.

Event address: 
161 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
Plotting the Stars 2: Seagarden By Michelle A. Barry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645951292
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Published: Pixel+Ink - October 3rd, 2023

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ISBN: 9781645951261
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Published: Pixel+Ink - November 1st, 2022

Plotting the Stars 1: Moongarden By Michelle A. Barry Cover Image
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Published: Pixel+Ink - September 12th, 2023

The Ghost of Spruce Point By Nancy Tandon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534486126
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Published: Aladdin - August 1st, 2023