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Virtual: Jake Burt, "Cleo Porter and the Body Electric" in Conversation with Rebecca Stead

Join us for a night with Connecticut author Jake Burt
for a story of survival in a future ravaged by a pandemic


Cleo Porter

Jake Burt's Cleo Porter and the Body Electric presents a future forever changed by a pandemic, where a girl survives in total isolation.

A woman is dying. Cleo Porter has her medicine. And no way to deliver it.

Like everyone else, twelve-year-old Cleo and her parents are sealed in an apartment without windows or doors. They never leave. They never get visitors. Their food is dropped off by drones. So they’re safe. Safe from the disease that nearly wiped humans from the earth. Safe from everything. The trade-off?

They’re alone. Thus, when they receive a package clearly meant for someone else--a package containing a substance critical for a stranger’s survival--Cleo is stuck. As a surgeon-in-training, she knows the clock is ticking. But people don’t leave their units.

Not ever. Until now.

Jake BurtJake Burt teaches the fifth grade in Connecticut. He lives with his wife and their daughter in Hamden, CT. His books include Greetings from Witness Protection! and The Right Hook of Devin Velma.

Rebecca SteadRebecca Stead is the author of When You Reach Me, which was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, and Liar & Spy, which was also a New York Times bestseller, won the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction, and was on multiple state master lists and best of the year lists. Her  book, Goodbye Stranger, was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of First Light, which was nominated for many state awards. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her online at and on Twitter @rebstead.



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