Author Susan Ross on Her New Middle-Grade Novel, "Searching for Lottie"

Saturday, May 4, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Author and Westport Library Trustee Susan Ross discusses her newest novel for middle grade readers. Searching for Lottie is a contemporary mystery about a 12-year-old girl trying to discover the fate of her great-aunt, Lottie, a young violinist who disappeared during the Holocaust. The book was inspired by the author's own family history. Searching for Lottie won the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award and is a PJ Our Way selection book. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Violinist Miko Coakley will perform a selection of music prior to the event starting at 2:30 pm. 

Location: Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

"Woog’s World / Fiction author keeps family stories alive", 3/11/2019

"A highly accessible and endearing historical mystery about a painful period of the past that still resonates in the contemporary landscape."—Kirkus Reviews

"This is a tender, hopeful work with just the right level of suspense for younger fans of historical fiction."—Publishers Weekly

Susan Ross is an author and writing teacher and is a member of Westport Library's Board of Trustees. Searching for Lottie is Susan's second middle grade novel. Her debut, Kiki and Jacques: A Refugee Story, was named to the Bank Street Children's Best list and was a children's companion book for WestportREADS 2019.

Miko Coakley is an accomplished student of the Suzuki Music School of Westport and performs with the Norwalk Youth Symphony as the 8th grade Assistant Concertmaster. In 2019 she has won honors at the Suzuki Westport Concerto & Area Competition and the Deborah Kahan Competition. She has been selected to perform solos at galas for The Suzuki Music School of Westport and the Westport Center for Senior Activities. She has studied at the Kinhaven Music School, Hart Music School Suzuki Institute and the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute during the past few summers.

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