New York Times bestselling author Natalie Lloyd will be at Collegedale Town Hall on May 15


The Collegedale Public Library’s Local Author Series features Natalie Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of novels for young readers (and the young at heart). Sponsored by the Friends of Collegedale Public Library as part of their Emily McDonald Local Author Series, the program will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 at Collegedale Town Hall. With her signature blend of lyrical songwriting, quirky humor and unforgettable characters, Ms. Lloyd is considered one of the most original voices writing for children today.

Humming-bird, Due for release this year and which will be her seventh children’s novel, is Ms Lloyd’s most personal book to date. It’s the story of a girl, armed with her trusty sleek wheelchair, who refuses to let her brittle bone disease get in the way of adventure. Ms Lloyd was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and used a wheelchair or walker until the seventh year. She is grateful to be able to walk (sometimes with the help of a pretty pink cane) and to advocate for greater accessibility.

Her first novel, A laugh of magic (2014), was an ALA Outstanding Book, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Pick, a Top 10 Independent Next Choice for Children, and an NPR Best Children’s Book of the Year. , iBooks and Parents Magazine. The story was picked up for television by Sony Tristar.

Mrs. Lloyd’s other novels include The key to the extraordinary (2016), Problem children trilogy (2017-2019), and above the moon (2019). These books have been awarded Weekly entertainmentJunior Library Guild, SIBA, Amazon, and Bank Street College of Education, among others. Silverswift (2020), her first Audible Original, is a mermaid tale set on St. Simons Island in Georgia.

Ms. Lloyd, who grew up in a small town in East Tennessee, now writes in the shadows next to a sunny window in Chattanooga. She loves going on adventures with her husband, Justin, and their dogs.

She said: “I think one of the biggest hurdles to creating anything is just getting started: giving you permission to display it on the page (or any workspace) , even if it’s messy. When you come back to it later, you’ll be amazed at how beautiful this mess is.


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