Release Party

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+.

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

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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

Book Launch for Adam Borba's This Again

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 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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SKU: 9780316542616a
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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+.

Blood City Rollers Graphic Novel Launch with Tatiana Hill

Girl powered graphic novel adventure!

Get ready for a fierce new graphic novel with Blood City Rollers. Local creator Tatiana Hill is launching her graphic novel with Once Upon A Time and will share a part of the story with the audience, answer any questions from the audience, *maybe* some epic roller derby moves, and then sign books. Best for ages 8+. 

Event date: 
Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 2:00pm
$13.99
SKU: 9780593485712a
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Blood City Rollers Graphic Novel Book Launch with Tatiana Hill. Sunday, April 14th at 2 pm. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. Best for ages 8+.

Charlie Thorne Trivia and Book Launch for Royal Society with Stuart Gibbs

Are you as smart as Charlie Thorne?

Test your knowledge against other fans with a fun trivia night to launch the fourth book in the bestselling Charlie Thorne series, Charlie Thorne and the Royal Society. Stuart will have a short presentation, answer questions from the audience and then sign books. Best for smarty-pants ages 9+.

*Please note*: Customers MUST have purchased a copy of Charlie Thorne and the Royal Society from Once Upon a Time in order to be in the signing line.

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:00pm
$18.99
SKU: 9781665934893a
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Stuart Gibbs Book Launch and Trivia! Are you as smart as Charlie Thorne? Tuesday, April 23rd at 7 pm. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. Best for ages 9+.