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Several authors to visit Alpharetta in April
Several authors to visit Alpharetta in April

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Barnes & Noble at Mansell Crossings (7660 Northpoint Parkway, Alpharetta, 30022) is known throughout North Fulton as the place to go to meet popular authors.

Several household names, as well as some up-and-coming writers, will stop by this Alpharetta bookstore in April.

Thursday, Apr. 14 at 7 p.m.
Bryan Chick, author of The Secret Zoo and The Secret Zoo: Secrets and Shadows

Chick will give a talk and sign copies of his books, which chronicle the adventures of Noah and Megan, a brother and sister duo whose best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to a zoo. The four kids begin to notice some strange behavior with some of the zoo animals; then, Megan suddenly vanishes.

Noah and his friends must sneak into the zoo and follow an intricate series of clues in order to find Megan. They quickly realize that there is much more to the zoo than meets the eye.

Friday, Apr. 15 at 7 p.m.
Kelley Armstrong, author of The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book 1)

Armstrong also wrote the New York Times-bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy (The Summoning, The Awakening and The Reckoning). Her new young adult novel is full of suspense, ghosts and gore.

In The Gathering, odd things begin to happen in Maya's small town on Vancouver Island -- the captain of the swim team mysteriously drowns in the middle of a calm lake, mountain lions are spotted around Maya's house and her best friend, Daniel, begins to experience strange premonitions. Stranger still, the new "bad boy" in town is suspiciously interested in Maya's unusual birthmark.

Tuesday, Apr. 19 at 7 p.m.
Maryrose Wood, author of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery

Wood, a former Broadway actor, comedian, playwright and author of young adult novels, will read from and sign copies of the second book in her popular series.

It is sometimes said of naughty children that "they must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were. But, thanks to the efforts of Miss Penelope Lumley, their governess, Alexander, Beowulf and Cassiopeia have become much more like children than wolf pups.

However, despite Penelope's civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still manage to wreak havoc wherever they go. Their visit to London presents many challenges; as they explore the city, they discover more about their and Penelope's mysterious pasts.

Thursday, Apr. 28 at 7 p.m.
Meg Cabot, author of Abandon

Cabot is best known for her young adult novel The Princess Diaries, which was made into two wildly popular Disney movies starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. Abandon, her latest work, tells some fantastical stories of the underworld.

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