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Ethan Long Event

Book Launch with Local Author: Ethan Long

Come meet Award Winning and Local Author, Ethan Long! We are so excited to celebrate the release of his next great book, The Death and Life of Benny Brooks.

This book is for kids who are already facing struggles beyond their years, and for adults who may have had a challenging childhood. A perfect coming of age filled with a lot of heart. From now until the launch party, we invite readers to come anonymously write their struggles, and how they handle them to post on our tree in the Storytime Room.

Purchase the book, and some of Ethan's other works here: LINK COMING SOON!


An award-winning children’s book creator grapples with the darker undercurrents of his childhood in this poignant and honest illustrated memoir, for readers of Free Lunch and The List of Things That Will Not Change.

Benny's life is slowly unraveling. His parents are newly divorced, his mom chooses to move away, and Benny and his brother and sister are left with their chain-smoking dad, who has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. Benny is lonely, anxious, and very angry. He can't sleep at night and spends his days trying to survive fifth grade. 

Writing from a personal place, award-winning creator Ethan Long sheds light on the challenges of growing up amidst family turmoil in this thought-provoking, bighearted story that brims with hope. 


Ethan Long is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than thirty books for young people, including Up, Tall and High, for which he received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. This is his first book for older readers. Ethan lives with his family in Colorado and invites you to visit him at

Date: 10/03/2023
Time: 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Second Star to the Right
1455 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210-2634