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School Visit with Kat Shepherd

Event date: 
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 8:00am
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Private Off-Site Event

Author Kat Shepherd will be visiting schools with Once Upon A Time. If you would like a book signed and personalized, please order at least 24 hours in advance. 

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About the Book: Twins Zach and Evie Mamuya and their friend Vishal Desai make up the Gemini Detective Agency, which is mainly an excuse to get pizza together or hit the go-kart track. But when a priceless diamond necklace known as the North Star is stolen before an auction, the kids tag along with the twins' crime reporter mom and find a few clues that make them think this was no ordinary robbery.


About the Author: Kat Shepherd is an educational consultant and writer. A former classroom teacher, she believes that reading should be a joyful experience for every child. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two dogs, and a rotating series of foster dogs. Find out more about her at

The Gemini Mysteries: The North Star (The Gemini Mysteries Book 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499808094
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yellow Jacket - March 5th, 2019

Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand Cover Image
By Kat Shepherd, Rayanne Vieira (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250156969
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Imprint - June 5th, 2018

Babysitting Nightmares: The Phantom Hour Cover Image
By Kat Shepherd, Rayanne Vieira (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250156990
Availability: Coming from our Warehouse. Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Imprint - January 29th, 2019

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Finch's creation story of legendary gentleman detective Charles Lenox is the perfect book for Agatha Christie, Donna Leon and Louise Penny fans as the atmosphere is thick as clotted cream and with indelible characters that will become more comfortable as comfy slippers! Standout sequel to be read either before or after Finch's other Lennox books. Not to be mistaken for a cozy, but still one to enjoy with a good Earl Grey and scones. - Maureen