Pierre François: 5th Grade Mishaps
Ten-year-old Pierre François—otherwise known as Pierre the Fantastic Flying Fish and Pierre the Genius Brain—is an expert at signing his school papers with original names. He’s also good at extolling the greatness of France, using weird words like “extolling,” dissecting owl vomit, and avoiding The Stinky Chair in math class. What he’s not good at is a foolproof bladder. Accidents happen, although this is Top Secret information. So when it’s time for the entire fifth grade to go to Adventure Camp, a two-night trip in the wilderness, Pierre would rather complain about the fifth grade meanies, dream of mastering the spelling bee with Jedi skills, and devise ways to meet the fascinating new girl in school. But Adventure Camp is coming for him, along with a wet and icy cold front. Can Pierre muster all his courage and wit to survive nature’s onslaught of ice, rain, and other liquid fiascos?
About Lori Ann Stephens (Dallas, Texas Author)
Lori Ann Stephens’s forthcoming novel, Novalee and the Spider Secret, tells the semi-autobiographical story of her own childhood secret and the friendship that gave her hope. Lori is also the author of Song of the Orange Moons and two previous children’s books: Young Adult novel Some Act of Vision (winner of the 2014 National Reader’s Choice Award, RWA) and Middle Grade humor Pierre François: 5th Grade Adventures (2018). Her award-winning short stories have been published in Glimmer Train Stories, The Chicago Tribune, and several literary journals.
Her long-time interest in Southern literary novels and trauma narratives culminated in her doctorate on mother/daughter relationships in Southern literature. After winning the English National Opera mini-opera libretto contest, judged by Neil Gaiman and Jeremy Sams, Lori dabbled in libretto-writing; her collaborations have been staged in London, Minneapolis, and Dallas. She loves loud music, visiting Paris, baking French macarons, and embarking of daring DIY projects at home. Lori lives in Texas with her family and teaches at Southern Methodist University.