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Traci Sorell and Charles Waters

October 7, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Magic City Books is proud to welcome Traci Sorell and Charles Waters for a free public event in celebration of their new middle-grade novel-in-verse, Mascot, on Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 pm in the Algonquin Room at Magic City Books.

Mascot follows a fictional town’s division over a racist sports mascot told via seven alternating narratives. A starred review from Kirkus calls Mascot “A brilliant story not to be missed; deeply engaging from the first page”.

Mascot is available at Magic City Books starting September 5. You can purchase a copy in the store or order it online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/mascot/1687.

Other books by both Traci Sorell and Charles Waters will be available as well including Contenders, Traci’s picture book about two Native American baseball players that met in the World Series in 1911 and African Town, Charles’ award winning novel-in-verse chronicling the story of the last Africans brought illegally to America in 1860.

About Mascot

What if a school’s mascot is seen as racist, but not by everyone? In this compelling middle-grade novel in verse, two best-selling BIPOC authors tackle this hot-button issue.In Rye, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, people work hard, kids go to school, and football is big on Friday nights. An eighth-grade English teacher creates an assignment for her class to debate whether Rye’s mascot should stay or change. Now six middle schoolers–all with different backgrounds and beliefs–get involved in the contentious issue that already has the suburb turned upside down with everyone choosing sides and arguments getting ugly.

Told from several perspectives, readers see how each student comes to new understandings about identity, tradition, and what it means to stand up for real change.

Charles Waters is the award-winning author of African Town, a young adult novel-in-verse co-authored with fellow poet Irene Latham. They’ve also collaborated on a number of poetry anthologies for children. Outside of writing for young people, Charles is an actor and educator who lives near Atlanta. www.charleswaterspoetry.com
Best-selling author and Cherokee Nation citizen Traci Sorell writes inclusive, award-winning fiction and nonfiction in a variety of formats for young people. Some of her previous titles include We Are Grateful OtsaliheligaWe Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, and Indian No MoreMascot is her first novel-in-verse. Traci lives outside of Tulsa within her tribe’s reservation. www.tracisorell.com


October 7, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Magic City Books


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