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Karen Blumenthal & Melanie Sumrow

Join Karen Blumenthal and Melanie Sumrow for a special joint event at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.

Karen's latest book JANE AGAINST THE WORLD is a deep and passionate look at the riveting history of the fight for reproductive rights in the United States. Tracing the path to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade and the continuing battle for women’s rights, Blumenthal examines, in a straightforward tone, the root causes of the current debate around abortion and repercussions that have affected generations of American women. JANE AGAINST THE WORLD is the perfect tool to facilitate difficult discussions and awareness of a topic that is rarely touched on in school but affects each and every young person.

In THE INSIDE BATTLE, Melanie Sumrow explores the world of 13-year-old Rebel Mercer, who yearns for his father’s approval. His dad suffers from PTSD and spends time in their basement communicating with a racist, anti-government militia group called the Flag Bearers. He doesn’t agree with his dad’s ideology, but he isn’t exactly speaking out against it either. Can Rebel find his voice when it’s needed the most? THE INSIDE BATTLE is a gripping story of family, bravery, and speaking up for what’s right.

Karen Blumenthal is an award-winning children’s non-fiction writer and a long-time journalist. Her book Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition received four starred reviews and was a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Later, Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, was named a Sibert Honor Book, and Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, won a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Karen’s recent book, Tommy: The Gun That Changed America, explores the history and controversy of the famous and deadly Tommy gun. She lives in Dallas.

Melanie Sumrow received her undergraduate degree in religious studies and has maintained a longtime interest in studying social issues. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a lawyer for more than sixteen years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Her first novel, The Prophet Calls, was published in November 2018. Melanie lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter, and one very spoiled dog. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @melaniesumrow.

Sunday, March 1st, 2:00PM
Event address: 
9800 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230
Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626721654
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 25th, 2020

The Inside Battle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499809176
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yellow Jacket - March 3rd, 2020