Beyond Imagination: Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Friday, October 16th, 11:30 am

In a world you draw yourself, anything is possible! Graphic novels are taking over the world of middle grade reading and these three authors are here to celebrate. From journeys of friendship to (kind of) retellings to mythical beasts, come get swept away by these amazing authors and artists. Featuring Tim Probert (Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian), Kathleen Gros (JO), and David Bowles (Rise of the Halfling King). 

Replay of this event is available throughout 2020!

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Tim Probert is an author, illustrator, animator & visual development artist. He illustrated the middle grade Rip & Red series, as well as Pickle: The ‘Formerly’ Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School. In addition to making books, he is an art director at Aardman Nathan Love, working on projects for Nickelodeon, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, Candy Crush, and more. His debut graphic novel, Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian (HarperAlley), was just released in September 2020. According to Kirkus Reviews, Lightfall is “Thoroughly satisfying, with a cliffhanger ending that’s sure to hook readers.” Tim lives in New York City with his wife and two cats. Visit him online at

Kathleen Gros graduated with a BFA in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2015, and she published her first graphic novel, Last Night at Wyrmwood High, soon after. She is the current secretary of the Vancouver-based charitable organization Cloudscape, and she teaches comics in the Continuing Studies program at Langara. Her latest project, Jo (Quill Tree Books)a modern-day graphic novel adaptation ofLittle Women, has just been released and was called “a super-cute, heartstring-strumming, accessible rendition” by School Library Journal.She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. To learn more about Gros, visit her online at

David Bowles is the award-winning Mexican American author of They Call Me Guero and other titles for young readers. His three new middle grade novels (a sort of Latinx Stranger Things for young readers) – 13th Street: Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats, 13th Street #2: The Fire-Breathing Ferret Fiasco, and 13th Street #3: Clash of the Cackling Cougars (HarperChapters) – were all released this year, and his newest work, Tales of the Feathered Serpent: Rise of the Halfling King (Cinco Puntos Press) comes out this fall. A graphic novel illustrated by his daughter Charlene Bowles, the book follows the adventures of a magical boy from Maya mythology and is the first of a series based on ancient Mesoamerican myths and legends. Bowles lives in Donna, Texas, and you can also find him at

Linda Stack-Nelson is the editorial assistant at Rain Taxi and the exhibit coordinator for the Twin Cities Book Festival. She received bachelors’ degrees in Literature and International Studies from the University of Oklahoma, where she worked with World Literature Today, before moving home to Minnesota. She is passionate about helping innovative and astute books reach young readers, and also works as a bookseller at Wild Rumpus Books. She is an Assistant Editrix of Fiction for Storm Cellar Quarterly as well as a contributor to other publications.