The Paper Museum

By Kate S. Simpson (Author)

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In a world where paper is obsolete and magic is all but forgotten, Lydia has moved into the Paper Museum with her Uncle Lem following the disappearance of her parents. Convinced the key to finding them lies in the museum’s book collection, Lydia spends her days digitally scanning her way through the museum’s library.
But when Uncle Lem is called away and her Uncle Renald is put in charge of the museum, Lydia’s scanning project comes to an abrupt halt. Uncle Renald takes her aer reader—the personal device that everybody uses for reading, shopping, messaging, and more—but not before Lydia makes a desperate attempt at filing a missing persons report for her parents.
The report activates a countdown, and now with nothing but a secret typewriter in her dogwood fort and a cryptic message, Lydia has thirty days to find her parents and stop the mayor from commandeering the museum. Otherwise, both her family home and the Paper Museum itself will be reassigned to someone else. With aer readers on the fritz and the town descending into chaos, Lydia needs to find her parents before the Paper Museum—and her parents—are lost for good.
The Paper Museum is a story of family and friendship with a hint of magic.
“Lydia’s suspenseful first-person narration effectively conveys her distrust, confusion, and amazement as well as her determination to find answers while creating a rich subtext focusing on the old world of books and paper and raising timely questions about the technology replacing them.… An absorbing, complex debut.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[E]motional drive confers depth in this clue-riddled novel.” — Publishers Weekly

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Kate Simpson is a librarian at a public library, where she is in charge of ordering children’s books and planning the summer reading program, as well as running field trips. She also works as a freelance proofreader. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College, and is a member of SCBWI and 12x12. A fan of typewriters and rainy days, she likes to look for animal tracks in the woods behind her house. She lives with her husband and two children in New England. The Paper Museum is her debut novel.

Pub Date: 9/20/2022

ISBN: 9781454943839

Price: $16.99 / $22.99 CAN

Format: Hardcover, Jacketed

Pages: 256 pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories: WENG

Category: Juvenile / Middle Grade Fiction

Age Range: 8 to 12

Publisher: Union Square Kids

Carton Quantity: 35