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Anna Staniszewski at Brookline Booksmith

January 12, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Eighth grade never smelled so bad.

Rachel Lee didn’t think anything could be worse than her parents splitting up. She was wrong. Working for her mom’s new house-cleaning business puts Rachel in the dirty bathrooms of the most popular kids in the eighth grade. Which does not help her already loser-ish reputation. But her new job has surprising perks: enough dirt on the in-crowd to fill up her (until recently) boring diary. She never intended to reveal her secrets, but when the hottest guy in school pays her to spy on his girlfriend Rachel decides to get her hands dirty.

Join PEN New England Discovery Award winner and Simmons College instructor Anna Staniszewski as she reads from her book that Wendy Mass calls “fun from beginning to end.”

About the author:

Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was named the 2006-2007 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the 2009 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives outside of Boston with her husband and their adopted black Labrador, Emma. She teaches courses on writing and children’s literature at Simmons College.

When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time reading, daydreaming, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author of My Very UnFairy Tale Life and its sequels, My Epic Fairy Tale Fail and My Sort Of Fairy Tale Ending, all published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. Look for the first book in Anna’s next tween series, The Dirt Diary, in January 2014, and stay tuned for her picture books, Power Down, Little Robot and Dogosaurus Rex, both forthcoming from Henry Holt.



January 12, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Brookline Booksmith


Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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