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Author Ally Carter introduces her first middle grade novel

Get ready for a page turner that parents and kids can share.

Author Ally Carter will introduce readers to her newest book, “Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor,” at 6 p.m. March 5 at Fiction Addiction. She will give a talk, take questions from the audience and will be available to sign books afterward.

“I’ve been writing for a long time now,” Carter said. 

Indeed. Carter is the New York Times best-selling author of the standalone novel “Not If I Save You First” and three YA series: Heist Society, Gallagher Girls and Embassy Row. “Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor” is her middle grade debut.

When Carter began writing for young adult (YA) readers nearly 15 years ago, the genre was still somewhat new. Now, adults are reading YA. But her young readers power her writing. 

“In a lot of ways, kids are much smarter than adults and they’re way more honest,” Carter said. “There is no better or more passionate ambassador for something they love than a 12-year-old.”

School visits and reader encounters equal lots of questions for Carter, including many about writing and what she was like when she was in school. 

“They are fascinated by the fact that you came just to talk to them,” she said. “It’s always a lot of fun and very interesting.”

This newest book combines mystery and intrigue in a way that includes the younger audience of middle grade readers, without removing the interest for older readers in the process. And good news for Winterborne readers – Carter is in the process of finishing the sequel. 

Good stories are not bound by age or gender, as reflected by Carter’s fans. 

“I’m a big believer that there aren’t ‘boy books’ and ‘girl books,’” she said. “There are just books.”

Tickets to this event are $18.01 and include one person, one chair and one copy of the book. Each child ages 6 and older added on is an additional $1.99, and children under age 6 are admitted for free. Children will sit on the floor in the designated children's seating area. Children under age 6 can sit in the designated children's seating area or on their parent's lap. Families bringing more than three children over age 6 will need to make a separate second purchase of an additional book ticket, but Fiction Addiction can switch out the second copy of the book for one of the author's other books in the series when you check in to the event. Learn more and get tickets at