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School Visit with Mónica Mancillas

Private Event

Author Mónica Mancillas will be visiting your school. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order by Sunday, March 3rd using your school's coupon code DEANZA. Books will be delivered to the school on the day of the event and are NOT available to be gift wrapped or shipped.

Event date: 
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 8:00am
$18.99
SKU: 9781250852939s
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$18.99
SKU: 9780593521809s
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$17.99
SKU: 9780062962461s
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$17.99
SKU: 9780593659304s
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Mónica Mancillas School Visit Mon. 3/4 for The Worry Ballon, How to Speak in Spanglish, Mariana and Her Familia, and Sing it Like Celia.

School Visit with Mónica Mancillas

Private Event

Author Mónica Mancillas will be visiting your school. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order by Sunday, March 3rd using your school's coupon code. Books will be delivered to the school on the day of the event and are NOT available to be gift wrapped or shipped.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 8:00am
$18.99
SKU: 9781250852939s
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$18.99
SKU: 9780593521809s
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$17.99
SKU: 9780062962461s
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$17.99
SKU: 9780593659304s
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Mónica Mancillas School Visit Wed. 3/6 for The Worry Ballon, How to Speak in Spanglish, Mariana and Her Familia, and Sing it Like Celia.

School Visit with Mónica Mancillas

Private Event

Author Mónica Mancillas will be visiting your school. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order by Wednesday, March 6th using your school's coupon code. Books will be delivered to the school on the day of the event and are NOT available to be gift wrapped or shipped.

Event date: 
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 8:00am
$18.99
SKU: 9781250852939s
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$18.99
SKU: 9780593521809s
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$17.99
SKU: 9780062962461s
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$17.99
SKU: 9780593659304s
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Mónica Mancillas School Visit Fri. 3/8 for The Worry Ballon, How to Speak in Spanglish, Mariana and Her Familia, and Sing it Like Celia.

Book Launch and Story Time for The House Before Falling Into the Sea by Ann Suk Wang

A story of generosity during the Korean War

Local author Ann Suk Wang will be sharing her moving debut picture book The House Before Falling Into the Sea. This is a beautifully told story of family and neighbors coming together during dark times. Ann Suk will read her book, answer questions from the audience, and then sign books. Best for ages 4+. 

Masks are recommended for our events. If you can't make it to the event, you can order signed books in advance below.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 9, 2024 - 4:00pm
$18.99
SKU: 9780593530153a
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The House Before Falling Into the Sea Book Launch and Story Time with Ann Suk Wang. Saturday, March 9th at 4 pm. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. Best for ages 4+.

School Visit with Mónica Mancillas

Private Event

Author Mónica Mancillas will be visiting your school. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order by Sunday, March 31st using your school's coupon code. Books will be delivered to the school on the day of the event and are NOT available to be gift wrapped or shipped.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 8:00am to Friday, April 5, 2024 - 8:00am
$17.99
SKU: 9780593659304s
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Please order by Sunday, March 31st.


$18.99
SKU: 9781250852939s
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Please order by Sunday, March 31st.


$18.99
SKU: 9780593521809s
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Please order by Sunday, March 31st.


$17.99
SKU: 9780062962461s
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$17.99
SKU: 9780593659304d
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Mónica Mancillas School Visits Tues. 4/2 - Fri. 4/5 for Sing it Like Celia, The Worry Ballon, How to Speak in Spanglish, and Mariana and Her Familia.

Sing It Like Celia Book Launch by Mónica Mancillas

Salsa into a new story!

Local author Mónica Mancillas is launching her debut middle grade novel, Sing It Like Celia, with Once Upon A Time! This story will tug on your heartstrings as you get into the music and hear the fun beat. For the event, Mónica will share a little bit about her book and inspiration, answer questions from the audience, and then sign books. Best for readers ages 9+. 

Event date: 
Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 1:00pm
$17.99
SKU: 9780593659304a
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This debut middle grade story by Mancillas sparkles with 12-year old Salva Sanchez’ realistic feelings of abandonment, anxiety and “new-kid”ness as her mom has abruptly left her and she lives at a campground with her divorced dad. Full of musical references and actual band practice dynamics, Sing It Like Celia will grab your heart and cha-cha-cha into your soul. Outstanding!

 (Juvenile realistic fiction, ages 9+) — Find more Staff Picks by Maureen

Other books available by Mónica:


$18.99
SKU: 9780593521809a
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$18.99
SKU: 9781250852939a
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$17.99
SKU: 9780062962461a
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Book Launch with Mónica Mancillas for Sing it Like Celia on Saturday, April 6th at 1 pm. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. Best for ages 9+.

Graphic Novel launch for Monkey King and the World of Myths by Maple Lam

Explore the legend of the Monkey King through a graphic novel!

Go on a silly and epic adventure in the start of a new graphic novel series with Monkey King and the World of Myths: The Monster and the Maze. Local creator Maple Lam is launching her debut graphic novel with Once Upon A Time and will share a part of the story with the audience, answer any questions, and then sign books. Best for ages 8+. 

Event date: 
Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 2:00pm
$13.99
SKU: 9780593524640a
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$18.99
SKU: 9780062396983a
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Book Launch with Maple Lam for Monkey King and the World of Myths. Sunday, April 7th at 2 pm. Best for ages 8+. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

School Visit with Sarah Mlynowski

Private Event

New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mylnowski will be visiting Laurence School. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order by Tuesday, March 26th using your school's coupon code. Books will be delivered to the school on the day of the event and are NOT available to be gift wrapped or shipped.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 - 8:00am
$12.99
SKU: 9781338845099s
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Please order by Tuesday, March 26th.


$6.99
SKU: 9781338628265s
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$6.99
SKU: 9781338628302s
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$15.99
SKU: 9781338628319s
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$5.99
SKU: 9780545800464s
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$12.99
SKU: 9781338845099d
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Sarah Mlynowski School Visit Tues. 4/9 for Whatever After Graphic Novel: Fairest of All, Best Wishes, and Upside Down Magic.

School Visit with Benson Shum

Private Event - Non-school books can be ordered from Benson Shum's author page here.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 8:00am
$18.99
SKU: 9780593617069s
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$18.99
SKU: 9781250776129s
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$18.99
SKU: 9781250776136s
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$18.00
SKU: T000917
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves

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$19.99
SKU: 9780063248182s
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$18.99
SKU: 9780593521274s
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$18.99
SKU: 9780593617069d
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Benson Shum School Visit Wed. 4/10 for Imagine You and Me, Anzu The Great Listener, and Anzu the Great Kaiju.

Book Launch for Adam Borba's This Again in conversation with David Soren

Time travel through middle school!

Acclaimed local author Adam Borba is launching his new middle grade novel This Again? at Once Upon A Time. Adam will be in conversation with David Soren to share about the idea for his story, answer audience questions, and then sign books. Best for readers ages 9+. 

Masks are recommended for our events.  If you can't make it to the event, you can order signed books in advance below.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2024 - 2:00pm
$16.99
SKU: 9780316553186a
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$8.99
SKU: 9780316542616a
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$16.99
SKU: 9780316542647a
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$7.99
SKU: 9780316542586a
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$16.99
SKU: 9780316542517a
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Book Launch with Adam Borba for This Again? on Saturday, April 13th at 2 pm at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. Best for ages 9+.

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