Back-To-School Book Club - Mascot

Back-To-School Book Club - Mascot - Wednesday September 27th at 4:30 PM at Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 4:30pm

Ticket includes a copy of Mascot  and $5 towards a beverage or snack at Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters

  • Adult + Child (under 18) Companion tickets available
  • Come to meet new people, eat good food, and have a great conversation!
  • Discussion led by Rediscovered Books Booksellers, Kalli and Rebecca C
  • Enjoy supporting local businesses while attending this event.
  • Seating is limited to 12 participants; registration is required for each person.


If you have already purchased the book from Rediscovered Books, please email a copy of your receipt to and we will issue you a gift card equal to the cost of the book after you have registered.

About the book: 

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.

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 authors: 

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.

Best-selling author and Cherokee Nation citizen Traci Sorell writes inclusive, award-winning fiction and nonfiction in a variety of formats for young people. She is a two-time Sibert Medal and Orbis Pictus honoree for her nonfiction work. Her first five books have received awards from the American Indian Library Association. Learn more at

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219 N 8th St
Boise, ID 83702

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