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Join the bestselling author behind Disney’s smash hit THE SWAP, Megan Shull, for a celebration of her new novel BILLION DOLLAR GIRL! This free, one-night-only event is for kids, caregivers, families, and friends. Drop by Stewart Park’s Large Pavilion from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13 for a community-wide super-awesome party in the park with treats, hometown vibes, and a book signing with Megan! Books will be available for purchase at the event. Megan is proud to be partnering with Ithaca’s newest Independent Bookstore, Odyssey Bookstore, who will be donating 10% of all preorders and event sales for BILLION DOLLAR GIRL to Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca—a truly extraordinary nonprofit dedicated to supporting the needs of children and families in our community. 

Megan Shull: “My big wish is that my books can be a safe haven in a storm,” says Megan. “For me, that’s the thing that matters most: helping kids feel seen, soothed, and less alone.” She adds: “I feel super lucky to have grown up in Ithaca—kicking things off with my hometown makes this event special. Drop by, pick up a book, and say hi, rain or shine, we can’t wait to see you there!”

About BILLION DOLLAR GIRL 

From the bestselling author behind Disney’s The Swap comes BILLION DOLLAR GIRL by Megan Shull (Razorbill; On Sale September 13, 2022; ISBN: 9780593524572; Ages 10–14; $17.99), a profoundly moving novel about one girl’s unforgettable journey to discover that life’s true jackpot might not be what it seems. A simultaneously heart-wrenching and exhilarating exploration of what we value, suspenseful and wise, Billion Dollar Girl is a deeply-felt reminder that we are inexplicably intertwined; a hopeful story for our times.  

About Megan Shull

A bighearted voice in kids’ fiction and film, Megan Shull is the bestselling author of many stand-up-and-cheer stories for young readers and teens. Her books have been adapted for film, including Disney’s smash hit, The Swap. Most recently, Paramount won the rights to her novel Bounce. Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Megan holds a doctoral degree from Cornell University, where her work focused on helping kids build resilience. She lives in her hometown, near a lake carved by glaciers and ringed by hills and a trillion waterfalls.  

About Odyssey Bookstore

Odyssey Bookstore is Ithaca’s newest Independent Bookstore. Opened in 2020 by Ithaca native, Laura Larson, Odyssey Bookstore has over 7200 titles to choose from! Megan is proud to partner with Odyssey Bookstore to provide signed, personalized copies of Billion Dollar Girl shipped nationwide, right to you! Pre-order Billion Dollar Girl online at OdysseyBookstore.com or order by phone: 607-269-5800. If you are in the Ithaca area, visit Odyssey Bookstore, 115 W Green St, Lower Ithaca, NY 14850. 

Laura Larson: “Odyssey is so honored to be chosen to partner with Megan, we want to share that local love with a very important organization in town: Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca. Odyssey will be donating 10% of the preorders and event sales from Billion Dollar Girl to support Family and Children’s work in our community. Local author, local bookstore, local non-profit all working together to celebrate and launch this exciting new book with you!”

About Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca 

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca (F&CS) is a private, nonprofit community agency dedicated to supporting, promoting and strengthening the well-being of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care and related social services, with a particular sensitivity toward the needs of children.  

About Stewart Park — 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850

Stewart Park is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year and is always free to all. Originally a trolley park in the 1890s, the City of Ithaca has owned and maintained Stewart Park since 1921. Stewart Park is conveniently located on the south end of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York and is a great place to watch the sunset. Stewart Park’s amenities include: a state-of-the-art inclusive playscape, the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, a bird sanctuary and more. You can visit Stewart Park by bus, foot, bike, car or paddle craft. TCAT users can get to Stewart Park on Rt. 13. To learn more check out: friendsofstewartpark.org.