Jasper Price spends most of his time writing and doodling in his Paper Ball Workshop. He studied commercial arts at Jacksonville State and worked as a newspaper illustrator and graphic artist before realizing making up stories is a more exciting way to spend your day. He’s the author-illustrator of Zombie Asockalypse and Double Bogey Goes Way, Way Off Course. The Incredible Shrinking Boy is his first middle-grade novel. Price lives in Shreveport with his family.
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
In the “Middle” of an Adventure: Middle Grade Fiction
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
The Incredible Shrinking Boy
The biggest problem with being incredibly small ... almost everything can crush or eat you. Middle schooler Tucker Duncan learns this the hard way. After helping a defenseless June bug escape a hornet’s sting, he wakes to find himself the size of a flea — and under attack by a wolf spider and her pack of spiderlings. Luckily for Tucker, a ladybug comes to his aid before the arachnids make an unhappy meal out of him. But it turns out luck has nothing to do with his rescue — more like Lux, a Cerulean girl and pilot of Spot, a miniature aircraft disguised as a ladybug. The aviator was ordered to find the newly shrunken boy by Captain Corvus, the daring Saurian leader of the insect airship Viridis — the very June bug Tucker saved from the angry hornet, only to be stung himself. Thanks to the Viridis crew, Tucker learns that hornet — a disguised Stingership — was armed with Odax, and the effects of the unearthly element sucked him into a hidden world on the brink of battle. Join Tucker Duncan in his new little life, where even going out for pizza can be a dangerous adventure of epic proportions.
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