Live Stream: Greg Howard presents The Visitors in conversation with Alan Gratz

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Image shows a blue border around a white box containing the text: Greg Howard presents The Visitors in conversation with Alan Gratz,Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. 46PM ET. Next to the text are photos of Greg Howard and Alan Gratz and the cover of the book THE VISITIORS.

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Beloved by readers for his sensitivity and focus on iconic LGBTQ characters and serious issues, Greg Howard makes his highly-anticipated return with middle-grade novel, The Visitors, a heartrending story of hope, hard-won truths, and the healing power of forgiveness. We will have bookplates signed by Greg Howard and Alan Gratz will offer signed or personalized copies of his books. Please indicate your interest in the comments section during checkout. 

In The Visitors, a lonely twelve-year-old boy spends his days “stuck” at the deserted Hollow Pines Plantation in Georgetown, South Carolina with no recollection of his name, how long he’s been there, and no idea how to leave. Things never change much for the lost souls at Hollow Pines and time is strange when you’re dead. But when visitors from the living world arrive for the first time in a long while, the boy feels a spark of hope. These visitors are around his age, and they seem to understand more than others that the plantation is not just spooky or eerie, it’s a sad place where the unspeakable happened again and again. As the visitors investigate a mystery of their own for a podcast for a school project, the boy’s long-buried memories begin to shake loose. He wonders if maybe they could help him uncover the dark secrets of his past in hopes of finding a way to finally move on. But Hollow Pines doesn’t like visitors. And with a malevolent spirit lurking in the shadows and painful memories buried deep, and for good reason, the boy wonders if he’ll ever find his way home or be stuck at Hollow Pines forever.Hauntingly beautiful and filled with lyrical prose that will spark critical thinking and encourage meaningful conversations on the subjects of slavery and suicide, THE VISITORS will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

Born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Greg Howard's love of words and story blossomed at a young age. Originally set on becoming a famous songwriter and following that dream to the bright lights of Nashville, Tennessee, Greg spent years producing the music of others before eventually returning to his childhood passion of writing stories. Greg writes young adult and middle grade novels focusing on LGBTQ characters and issues. He has an unhealthy obsession with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and currently resides in Nashville with his three rescued fur babies--Molly, Toby, and Riley.

Alan Gratz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Ground ZeroAlliesGrenade, RefugeeProjekt 1065Prisoner B-3087, and Code of Honor. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at

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The Visitors Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593111888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

The Whispers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525517511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - January 14th, 2020

Ground Zero Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338245752
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

SKU: x672389