Carrie Firestone


Carrie Firestone is a writer, teacher, and community leader. She lives in Connecticut with her husband Michael, her teen daughters, and their pit bull, Roxie. Firestone connects with the world through travel, researching little pieces of fascinating history, and finding ways to inspire environmental stewardship and social justice work at the local level. She loves hummingbirds, cold coffee, Iceland, the 1910's activist Inez Milholland, and BOOKS!



9:00 am to 9:45 am
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Out Came the Sun: Middle Grade and Young Adult Climate-Themed Fiction
(Ages 8 and up)
with Carrie Firestone, Sarah Guillory, and Jennifer Mathieu

10:00 am to 10:45 am
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing

11:30 am to 12:30 pm
State Library, Fifth Floor, Capitol View Room
Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award Ceremony Honoring Carrie Firestone, Robin Ha, Lyla Lee, and Emma Bland Smith
(All ages)

12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Dress Coded

In this middle-grade girl-power friendship story, perfect for fans of Moxie, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion. Now available in paperback!

Molly Frost is FED UP…

Because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top.

Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn’t, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit.

Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an F.

Because it’s impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertips.

Because girls’ bodies are not a distraction.

Because middle school is hard enough.

And so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and before long, her small rebellion swells into a revolution. Because now the girls are standing up for what’s right, and they’re not backing down.


The First Rule of Climate Club 

An eighth grader starts a podcast on climate activism and rallies her friends to create lasting change in their local community and beyond, in this companion to Dress Coded.

When Mary Kate Murphy joins a special science pilot program focused on climate change, the class opens her eyes to lots of things she never noticed before about her small suburban town: Kids waste tons of food at school without a second thought. Parents leave their cars running in the pick-up lane all the time. People buy lots of clothes they don’t really need. Some of her friends who live in the city and are bused to her school don’t always feel included. And the mayor isn’t willing to listen to new ideas for fixing it all. Mary Kate and her friends have big plans to bring lasting change to their community and beyond. And now is the time for the young people to lead and the leaders to follow—or get out of the way.


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