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Was it Hard to Drag Myself to the 7am #PLA2024 Children’s Author Breakfast? Yes. Was it Worth it? YES!

No one has ever called me a morning person, but I managed to pull myself out of bed on Thursday for the #PLA2024 Children’s Author Breakfast and boy am I glad I did! Hearing Gennifer Choldenko, Loren Long, Daniel Nayeri, and Maleeha Siddiqui speak made for an excellent start to my day. You probably know Gennifer Choldenko from her Tales from Alcatraz series (Al Capone Does My Shirts, etc.), but today she spoke about her very personal new middle grade novel, The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman. She told us that this book was greatly inspired by childhood memories of her big brother, who often took on the role of caregiver to his younger siblings. In this June 2024 release, Hank is taking care of his little sister Boo, as usual, but their mom has never stayed gone for over a week before and the kids are running out of…