Author: Lauren L. Wohl
Illustrator: Mark Tuchman
Target: Ages 7–10
Format: Chapter Book / Hard Cover
Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.5″
“It isn’t fair that our town doesn’t have its own theater,” eight-year-old Hannah complains.
A lot of thinking, planning, dreaming, and list- making later, and Hannah – along with the kids of Raccoon River – are up to their ears in a brand new project: saving the town’s old abandoned Plaza Theater. But first, they have to get a look inside. It’s spooky – spider webs and creaky floors, and one slowly-swaying stage curtain. Can Hannah and her friends rally the community together to save the Plaza Theater?
Lauren L. Wohl has had a long career in children’s book publishing. She has a degree in Library Science and has been an elementary school librarian. She served as Director of James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead program, taught writing at the college level, and now consults with several publishers and literary agencies. Stories she’s been reading in newspapers and seeing on television news programs about children stepping up to make kind, generous, and important contributions to their communities inspired her chapter books series, the Raccoon River Kids: Blueberry Bonanza and now Extravaganza at the Plaza. She is also the author of a picture book, A Teeny Tiny Halloween illustrated by Henry Cole. A native New Yorker, Lauren enjoys life in her new hometowns of Lenox, Massachusetts and Miami Beach, Florida.
About the Illustrator
By day, Mark Tuchman is the creative director for School Library Journal. At home, he is dad to three very creative children who direct him as he works on illustration projects. Before his magazine career, Mark worked full-time creating cartoon-style illustrations. When he was a kid he made comics including a daily strip that appeared on the blackboard of his 7th grade science classroom! Mark and his family live in Brooklyn, New York.
“A great story for our fractured times…with its energetic writing and can-do attitude, this is sure to be a hit with readers.” – Kirkus Reviews