Kekla Magoon - Chester Keene Cracks the Code - at Conn Ave

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 10:30am

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This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Chester Keene’s penchant for orderliness and routine serves him well as he trains to be a top secret spy just like his absentee father. It’s certainly challenging navigating the sixth grade, a relentless bully and a worrying mother, all while getting a spy agency off the ground. So when a puzzling mystery appears from the void – maybe even from his father -- Chester enlists his new friend Skye to help put the pieces together. Chester and Skye seem like polar opposites, but as they work tirelessly to solve the mystery, and as the truth about Chester’s father comes into focus, they find more in common than initially expected. While the mystery resolves in an unexpected way, Chester unlocks important life lessons, including friendship, acceptance and hope.  

Chester Keene’s penchant for orderliness and routine serves him well as he trains to be a top secret spy just like his absentee father. It’s certainly challenging navigating the sixth grade, a relentless bully and a worrying mother, all while launching a spy career. So when a puzzling mystery appears from the void – maybe even from his father -- Chester and his new friend Skye, who has also received similar puzzle clues, join forces to solve the mystery. Chester and Skye seem like polar opposites, but as they work tirelessly together, and as the truth about Chester’s father comes into focus, they find more in common than initially expected. While the mystery resolves in an unexpected way, Chester unlocks important life lessons, including friendship, acceptance and hope.  

Author Kekla Magoon will offer insight into the writing process--after all, putting together a novel is a lot like doing a puzzle, too! This inspiring presentation will encourage students to consider how ideas can turn into action, giving them a chance to share their voices with the world.  

Kekla Magoon is the author of many novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including The Season of Styx Malone, The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, and Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. Her many accolades include the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, three Coretta Scott King Honors, the Walter Award Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the National Book Award. Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. 

Ages 8-12

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Children
Teens
Chester Keene Cracks the Code By Kekla Magoon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524715991
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - July 5th, 2022

The Season of Styx Malone By Kekla Magoon Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524715984
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yearling - December 3rd, 2019