BLB Virtual Event: Sugar and Spite Virtual Launch Party!

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 2:00pm


You're Invited!

Come to our Launch party!

You will receive the link and the password for the event. 






My Fate According to the Butterfly author, Kirkus Reviews 2019 Best Book of the Year and Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People winner, Gail D Villanueva, author Debbi Michiko Florence, and debut author Daka Hermon, join us for a virtual celebration of Villanueva’s latest book, Sugar And Spite!

“...magic comes with a cost, and bad intentions beget bad returns.”

Claudine's taunts and teasing are too much for Jolina. She decides to take matters into her own hands. Though she’s only an apprentice arbularyo, she knows she can create the powerful love potion, GAYUMA!  It works! Not only does Claudine want to be Jolina’s BFF, she does everything.she.says! But magic comes with a cost, and bad intentions beget bad returns. Controlling another person’s ability to love—or hate—will certainly have consequences. The magic demands payment, and it is about to come for Jolina…

Signed bookplates for Sugar and Spite can be purchased at Brain Lair Books here.


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Code of Conduct

We aim to build a stronger community centered around the discussion of inclusive literature. Our goal is to create an environment where traditionally marginalized voices feel welcome to participate, speak up, ask questions, and engage in conversation. This requires a harassment-free and inclusive environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every participant. We invite all those who gather here, to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Participants engaging in harassing behavior will be removed.


About Gail D Villanueva

Gail D. Villanueva is the author of Sugar And Spite (Scholastic, 2021). Her debut novel, My Fate According to the Butterfly (Scholastic, 2019), was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, an Amazon Best Book of the Month Editor’s Pick, and a NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Born and based in the Philippines, Gail’s daily routine includes running a web design company with her husband while trying to keep up with the shenanigans of their many pets—dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and random birds they befriend in the backyard. Learn more at

About Sundae

Sundae is one of Gail's pet ducks. He loves sliced cucumbers and peeled grapes like the flock, but Sundae prefers the company of humans. He knows he is Gail's special, handsome boy. You can find Sundae on Instagram @quackquacksquad.

About Daka Hermon

Daka Hermon was born in Tennessee and spent her childhood huddled under a blanket with a flashlight reading and writing fairy-tale and fantasy stories. She works in the entertainment industry, and is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She loves peach sweet tea, chocolate, cupcakes, and collecting superhero toys. Daka lives in California and can be found online at and on Twitter @dakadh.


About Debbi Michiko Florence

Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of the middle grade novel Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, the upcoming companion novel Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai, the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series (Farrar Straus Giroux), and other books for children (JLG selections, the Amelia Bloomer and CCBC Choices lists, and a Cybils award winner). A third-generation Japanese American and native Californian, Debbi lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, rabbit, and two ducks. Visit her at


Event address: 
South Bend, IN 46617
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Sugar and Spite By Gail D. Villanueva Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338630923
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - usually ships in 6 - 10 days.
Published: Scholastic Press - April 20th, 2021

Can a bully be defeated by a magical love potion?

Jolina can't take Claudine's bullying any longer! The taunts and teasing are too much. Though Jolina knows she's still in training to use her grandfather's arbularyo magic, she sneaks into his potions lab to get her revenge. Jolina brews a batch of gayuma, a powerful love potion.

And it works.

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Hide and Seeker By Daka Hermon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338583625
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - usually ships in 6 - 10 days.
Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

One of our most iconic childhood games receives a creepy twist as it becomes the gateway to a nightmare world.

I went up the hill, the hill was muddy, stomped my toe and made it bloody, should I wash it?Justin knows that something is wrong with his best friend.Zee went missing for a year. And when he came back, he was . . . different. Nobody knows what happened to him.

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Keep It Together, Keiko Carter By Debbi Michiko Florence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338607529
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - usually ships in 6 - 10 days.
Published: Scholastic Press - May 5th, 2020

Fans of Wendy Mass and Lisa Greenwald are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sweet story about first crushes, friendship drama, and finding the courage to stand up for yourself.

Seventh grade is supposed to be a game changer.