OCL to celebrate kids & launch new Tween novel



TOMS RIVER –   For author and Ocean County Librarian Nan Marino the stories heard during one’s middle grade years are the ones people remember most.

Her second novel, “Hiding Out At The Pancake Palace” written for the Tween-aged audience, is one she hopes children will remember for a long, long time.

“It’s a positive story and it’s about New Jersey,” she said.  And though it was written before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the state, she is proud to say it demonstrates the resilient characteristic that so many New Jersey residents have displayed in the storm’s aftermath.

Ocean County Library will host 108 local school children who have been displaced from their schools Tuesday and present its Ocean County launch in Toms River Tuesday April 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Those schools include the Hugh J. Boyd School, Seaside Heights that is now holding classes in Central Regional High School, and Beach Haven Elementary School whose students are attending classes in Eagleswood Township Elementary School.

“Ocean County Library is hosting a party for these school children who still have no school to call their own,” said Marino. “It is allowing them to have some fun during this stressful time of recovery, rebuilding and relocation.”

Each of those students will be given a copy of the book, compliments of Roaring Book Press (a subsidiary of Macmillan,) Nan Marino and the Ocean County Library, and a pin commemorating the event. Marino will discuss her book, and the library will host different activity stations.

In the book, 11-year old musical prodigy Elvis Ruby was supposed to win the most-coveted reality show on television, “Tween Star.”  But in the middle of the biggest night, with millions of people watching, Elvis panicked and froze on national TV.

Elvis flees to spend the summer working with his aunt and cousin at Piney Pete’s Pancake Palace, the perfect place to be anonymous. That is, until he meets Cecilia, a girl who can’t seem to help blurting out whatever’s on her mind.

The book is an iBookstores Best of the Month book for April.

Marino has also written “Neil Armstrong is my Uncle, and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me (2009).”  It was awarded the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators “Golden Kite Honor” and made the NJ Garden State Children’s Book List.

A program to launch “Hiding Out At The Pancake Palace” will also be held 7 p.m. Tuesday in Toms River for families. Everyone is invited to attend the evening event. 


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