Miranda Sun with Mark Oshiro and Trang Tran - If I Have to be Haunted!

Come hear Miranda Sun talk about her AMAZING debut book with Mark Oshiro and Trang Tran!

It's always a great time to be a bookworm, but this fall, specifically, is going to be absolutely magical with all of the amazing new books coming out!!! We at Little Shop are *especially excited* about Miranda Sun's enchanting, electric, brilliant YA debut, If I Have to be Haunted, and are THRILLED to say that we're hosting Miranda with our bookish besties, Mark Oshiro and Trang Tran, to celebrate this absolute gem of a book! If you loved Cemetery Boys and Legendborn or are into really fantastic, romantic, contemporary fantasy, then you NEED to be here (just take our word for it and thank us later)! See below for more deets on how to save your spot:


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

You must purchase a copy of If I Have to be Haunted from Little Shop in order to enter the signing line. Preorder your copy below!


Little Shop of Stories - upstairs event space

About the Book:

Cara Tang doesn’t want to be haunted.

Look, the dead have issues, and Cara has enough of her own. Her overbearing mother insists she be the “perfect” Chinese American daughter—which means suppressing her ghost-speaking powers—and she keeps getting into fights with Zacharias Coleson, the local golden boy whose smirk makes her want to set things on fire.

Then she stumbles across Zach’s dead body in the woods. He’s even more infuriating as a ghost, but Cara’s the only one who can see him—and save him.

Agreeing to resurrect him puts her at odds with her mother, draws her into a dangerous liminal world of monsters and magic—and worse, leaves her stuck with Zach. Yet as she and Zach grow closer, forced to depend on each other to survive, Cara finds the most terrifying thing is that she might not hate him so much after all.

Maybe this is why her mother warned her about ghosts.

About the Author and Moderators:

Miranda Sun is a storyteller by nature and wordsmith by trade. A lover of science as well as mythology, she’s fond of exploring museums and aquariums wherever she goes. She makes her home in Chicagoland, where she drinks iced coffee in the dead of winter and keeps an eye out for magic hidden in plain sight. Her first novel, a YA contemporary fantasy called If I Have to Be Haunted, releases from HarperCollins on September 26, 2023.

Mark Oshiro (they/them) is the author of the young adult books Anger Is a Gift, winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Book Award, and Each of Us A Desert, an NPR Best Book of 2020. Their middle grade books include The Insiders, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and You Only Live Once, David Bravo. When not writing, they are trying to achieve their life goal of petting every dog in the world. Mark is based in Atlanta, Georgia and their website is MarkOshiro.com.

Trang Thanh Tran writes speculative stories with big emotions about food, belonging and the Vietnamese diaspora. They grew up in a big family in Philadelphia, then abandoned degrees in sociology and public health to tell stories in Georgia. When not writing, they can be found over-caffeinating on iced coffee and watching zombie movies. She Is a Haunting is their debut novel. Connect with them on Twitter @nvtran or their website www.trangthanhtran.com.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
If I Have to Be Haunted By Miranda Sun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063252769
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - September 26th, 2023

Cemetery Boys meets Legendborn in this thrillingly romantic, irresistibly fun YA contemporary fantasy debut following a teenage Chinese American ghost speaker who (reluctantly) makes a deal to raise her nemesis from the dead.

Cara Tang doesn’t want to be haunted.