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September 15, 2017

Utah authors plan “Mustaches for Maddie” book launch at the County Library featuring book’s theme “Compassion in Action”

Kelsy Thompson - Email
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SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT — Local authors Chad Morris and Shelly Brown will visit the Library’s Viridian Event Center September 27 to discuss their new book, Mustaches for Maddie, which School Library Journal praised as “a moving novel about a truly brave girl. Maddie is wonderfully thoughtful, creative and a funny protagonist. This poignant and uplifting novel is a good read-alike for fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.”

Based on the true story of the authors' daughter, the book, which will be published in October by Shadow Mountain Publishing, chronicles the story of a quirky, funny twelve-year-old who is diagnosed with a brain tumor and courageously battles her illness and fears while embodying a spirit of compassion, humor and grace throughout her health setbacks and the usual trials of navigating middle school. Innocently and unwittingly, Maddie’s example encourages and positively influences those around her.

Morris and Brown will give a presentation about the book and the Compassion in Action companion reader’s guide and will sign books, which will be available for early purchase from The Printed Garden. The public is also invited to enjoy the County Library’s mustache photo booth at the event and to share their pictures on social media about what inspired them about Compassion in Action.

WHAT: Book discussion and signing with local authors Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

WHEN: Wednesday, September 27, 7 pm

WHERE: Library’s Viridian Event Center 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, UT 84088

For more information about Mustaches for Maddie and to learn more about Compassion in Action, visit



About Chad Morris & Shelly Brown 
Chad Morris coauthored Mustaches for Maddie with his wife, Shelly Brown. It is based on the story of their daughter who faced a brain tumor with humor and optimism. He is also the author of The Inventor's Secret, The Avatar Battle, and The Impossible Race. A native to the ocean and transplanted to the mountains, Shelly Brown has always loved children and books so it made sense when she started writing books for children. Shelly is also the author of Ghostsitter.

About Salt Lake County Library 
Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.