An Evening Dark and Grimm

with author Adam Gidwitz

Beware: It's GRIMM!

Kick off this year's Battle of the Books with An Evening Dark and Grimm, featuring Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm - one of this year's selections for Battle of the Books.

Warning: This is not your Disney book of fairy tales!

Prepare to be scared! This evening will begin with a real Grimm fairy tale. Not a sweet, cute, boring one with singing mice and fairy godmothers. A real one. After "scaring the bejeezus out of you," Mr. Gidwitz will invite questions. In answering these questions, you will learn about how his book came about, how one becomes a writer, what a writer’s life is like, how much money writers make, and other questions of burning interest to young people.

The winner of the Dark and Grimm book cover contest will also be announced this evening and will receive a signed copy of the author's newest book - In a Glass Grimmly. For more information about the art contest, see below!

No registration required! This event is open to the public and is recommended for children 11 and older.

Questions? Contact Sherry McElhannon at 254. 297.1291 or

An Evening Dark and Grimm

Thursday, Feb 21st 2013 at 7-8:30pm

2101 W Loop 340

Waco, TX

Education Service Center Region 12

Questions? Contact Sherry McElhannon at 254. 297.1291 or

Dark and Grimm Book Cover Contest

Let your imagination run wild and design a new book cover for A Tale Dark and Grimm! The winning book cover will be one that best reflects the themes of the book and captures the humor, excitement, and mystery within the story.

Entries must be submitted in person to any of the four branches of the Waco McLennan County Public Library ( or ESC Region 12 ( by Friday, February 8th, 2013.

The winner of the contest will receive a copy of Mr. Gidwitz's newest book, In a Glass Grimmly, signed by the author!

The contest is open to all students in grades 6-12 enrolled in Region 12 school districts.

For more information, rules, and an entry form, please visit the Battle of the Books website.

About Adam...

Adam Gidwitz taught children large and slightly less large in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full time, which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. His first book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, was named an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and one of the best children’s books of the year by School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. His second book, In a Glass Grimmly, garnered further acclaim. It received stars from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Shelf Awareness, and School Library Journal—which wrote, “Gidwitz is back with a second book that, if possible, outshines A Tale Dark & Grimm.

About the Battle of the Books

Using books from the 2012 Lone Star Reading List as ammunition, teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will go head-to-head with other middle schools from the ESC Region 12 area. Each team consists of one teacher or librarian sponsor and up to five students (with one alternate). This epic battle will test the contenders' knowledge and comprehension of the selected titles, while exposing them to a variety of different genres of literature. The winning team will be awarded medals and one complete set of the 2013 Lone Star books for their school's library or classroom. For more information, book list, and rules, visit

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