ANNE URSU in conversation with JACQUELINE WEST!


When we say we love Anne Ursu, we mean we LOVE Anne Ursu! And we are over the MOON that she is coming to Wild Rumpus with her newest title, Not Quite a Ghost!

And not only that, she's bringing another beloved friend of Wild Rumpus along to have a chat with her---Jacqueline West! What a treat!

The house seemed to sit apart from the others on Katydid Street, silent and alone, like it didn’t fit among them. For Violet Hart—whose family is about to move into the house on Katydid Street—very little felt like it fit anymore. Like their old home, suddenly too small since her mother remarried and the new baby arrived. Or Violet’s group of friends, which, since they started middle school, isn’t enough for Violet’s best friend, Paige. Everything seemed to be changing at once. But sometimes, Violet tells herself, change is okay.

That is, until Violet sees her new room. The attic bedroom in their new house is shadowy, creaky, and wrapped in old yellow wallpaper covered with a faded tangle of twisting vines and sickly flowers. And then, after moving in, Violet falls ill—and does not get better. As days turn into weeks without any improvement, her family growing more confused and her friends wondering if she’s really sick at all, she finds herself spending more time alone in the room with the yellow wallpaper, the shadows moving in the corners, wrapping themselves around her at night. 

And soon, Violet starts to suspect that she might not be alone in the room at all.

To Attend:

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Masks are encouraged.

Signing Guidelines:

Following the event, Anne & Jacqueline will be available to sign copies of their books. If you are unable to attend but would still like a signed copy, you may order a copy from this page and we will ship after the event, or hold it behind the counter for local pickup. Please note in your order any personalization requests and we will do our best to accommodate. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 19th to guarantee signed copies.


Anne Ursu is the author of acclaimed novels The Troubled Girls of Dragomir AcademyThe Lost GirlBreadcrumbs, and The Real Boyamong others. Her work has been selected as a National Book Award nominee, a Kirkus Prize finalist, and as a best book of the year by Parents Magazine, Publishers Weekly,, and School Library Journal. She lives in Minneapolis with her family and an unruly herd of cats. 






Jacqueline West is the author of the New York Times-bestselling middle grade series The Books of Elsewherethe Schneider Family Award Honor Book The Collectors, and the YA horror novel Last Things. Her latest book, Long Lostreceived the 2022 Minnesota Book Award and the 2023 Prix Enfantaisie. An sometime poet and occasional actress, Jacqueline lives with her family in Red Wing, Minnesota. 




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Not Quite a Ghost By Anne Ursu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062275158
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 16th, 2024

From the award-winning author of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy comes an unforgettable and deeply personal story of the ghosts that surround us—and the ones we carry inside.

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The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy By Anne Ursu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062275134
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Published: Walden Pond Press - December 6th, 2022

From the acclaimed author of The Real Boy and The Lost Girl comes a wondrous and provocative fantasy about a kingdom beset by monsters, a mysterious school, and a girl caught in between them.

The Lost Girl By Anne Ursu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062275103
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 12th, 2020

Three starred reviews

A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2019

Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up.

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Long Lost By Jacqueline West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062691767
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 10th, 2022

Winner of the Minnesota Book Award * A Texas Bluebonnet Book

“Perfect to be read late into the night.”—Stefan Bachmann, internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar

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