Kids & Teens

Ollie Walker is Writer's Block Bookstore's children's book buyer! Whether you're looking for a book appropriate for a toddler, a read-out-loud storytime book, a chapter book, or even a middle grade novel, Ollie is our go-to specialist for all things fiction and non-fiction geared toward young people. We asked Ollie to help us curate our kids and teen reads shelves in 2019, and we'll use this page to highlight a few current recommendations! To know more about Ollie, here's a brief Q&A: 

What are some of your favorite books to read? 

Neither by Arlie Anderson, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

What your favorite genres/types of books to read? 

Books with sandwich artist dragons or princes that turn into princesses. Books that teach you how to keep all your memories in jars. Books which lead you through a little door in your living room wall to a place on the other side that is almost the same as where you came from, but not quite.

Current staff picks? 

All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell, The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

What is your favorite book-related memory?

When I was a little kid, my grandma and I used to play a game where she would have me guess the meanings of words that she read out of her giant red Webster's dictionary.

What is your favorite place to read?

In a couch-nest!

To contact Ollie directly with individual or professional queries, use the email address

Ghost Squad Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338280128
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - April 7th, 2020