Launching Alyson Gerber's Braced

Note: McNally Jackson will be closed for inventory during the day of Tuesday, 3/28, leading up to Alyson's event. The store will open at 6:30 for Alyson's event, which has a start time of 7pm, and remain open until 10 pm that evening. 

Again: We will not be open until 6:30 pm on 3/28, but will be open from 6:30- 10pm for Alyson's event attendees and the general public. 


Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet.

Then the doctor delivers some terrible news: The sideways curve in Rachel's spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace twenty-three hours a day. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her -- even her friends and Tate. But as Rachel confronts all the challenges the brace presents, the biggest change of all may lie in how she sees herself.

Written by a debut author who wore a brace of her own, Braced is the inspiring, heartfelt story of a girl learning to manage the many curves life throws her way.


Alyson Gerber wore a back brace for scoliosis from the ages of eleven to thirteen, an experience that led directly to Braced, her first novel. She received her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and her essays have been published in everything from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers & Daughters to romance-advice websites. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York. 

David Levithan (Moderator) is a children’s book editor in New York City and the author of several books for young adults, including Two Boys Kissing, Nick & Norah’s Infinite PlaylistNaomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-authored with John Green); and You Know Me Well (co-authored with Nina LaCour).  In 2016 he was awarded the Margart A. Edwards award, which honors those who have made significant and lasting contributions to young adult literature. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

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