Charles Waters - Mascot!

Come hear beloved author, Charles Waters, talk about his newest book, Mascot!

It's no secret that we love hosting author events with GA Center for the Book, but it's even better when the author in question is a close friend of both Little Shop and the Decatur Library!! We are absolutely over the moon to announce that we will be hosting Charles Waters for the release of his newest, masterful novel in verse: Mascot! This book, centered around six 8th graders navigating the division caused by their Native American school mascot, is absolutely eye opening, conversation sparking, and so very timely, and we cannot wait to share it with you! 


Admission: $0 that's right, admission is free! However, you still need to "purchase" a ticket for every person in your group. Please reserve your spot here!

You must purchase a copy of Mascot from Little Shop of Stories in order to enter the signing line. Pre-order below!


Dekalb Public Library - Decatur Branch

About the Book:

In Rye, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, people work hard, kids go to school, and football is big on Friday nights. An eighth-grade English teacher creates an assignment for her class to debate whether Rye’s mascot should stay or change. Now six middle schoolers–-all with different backgrounds and beliefs–-get involved in the contentious issue that already has the suburb turned upside down with everyone choosing sides and arguments getting ugly.

Told from several perspectives, readers see how each student comes to new understandings about identity, tradition, and what it means to stand up for real change.

About the Author:

Charles Waters is a children’s poet, actor, educator, and coauthor of African Town; Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z; and the award-winning Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship. He lives near Atlanta.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 7, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Decatur-DeKalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Mascot By Charles Waters, Traci Sorell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623543808
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - September 5th, 2023

What if a school's mascot is seen as racist, but not by everyone? In this compelling middle-grade novel in verse, two best-selling BIPOC authors tackle this hot-button issue.