IN-PERSON: Elly Swartz - "Dear Student"

Event date: 
02/13/2022 - 2:00pm

Elly Swartz, author of Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, and Give and Take, joins us for the launch of her new middle-grade novel, Dear Student

This  event is free and open to the public, however we ask that you RSVP through the link below. You will have the option of a free RSVP or a free RSVP plus a pre-order of the book. Books will be available for pickup or purchase at the event. 

Be one of the first to read Dear Student! Elly's book, which is due to be released on February 15, will be available for purchase at the event! 


COVID Protocols
• Attendees must wear masks at all times during the event.
• Attendees must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination along with a picture I.D.



“A heartfelt story about finding the courage to stand up for your beliefs even when you’d rather remain invisible.” —Kirkus Review

When Autumn becomes the secret voice of the advice column in her middle school newspaper she is faced with a dilemma—can she give fair advice to everyone, including her friends, while keeping her identity a secret?

Starting Middle School is rough for Autumn after her one and only BFF moves to California. Uncertain and anxious, she struggles to connect with her new classmates. The two potential friends she meets could not be more different: bold Logan who has big ideas and quiet Cooper who’s a bit mysterious. But Autumn has a dilemma: what do you do when the new friends you make don’t like each other?

When Autumn is picked to be the secret voice of the Dear Student letters in the Hillview newspaper, she finds herself smack in the middle of a problem with Logan and Cooper on opposite sides. But before Autumn can figure out what to do, the unthinkable happens. Her secret identity as Dear Student is threatened. Now, it’s time for Autumn to find her voice, her courage, and follow her heart, even when it’s divided.​



Elly Swartz grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She studied psychology at Boston University and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Elly lives in Massachusetts and is happily married with two grown sons, a beagle named Lucy, and a pup named Baxter Bean. Finding Perfect, called “a clear, moving portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder” by Publishers Weekly, was her debut novel. She is also the author of Smart Cookie and Give and Take, novels for middle grade readers.

You can find Elly on Twitter @ellyswartz, on Instagram @ellyswartzbooks, on YouTube’s Books In the Kitchen with author Victoria J.Coe: Her website is

(Photo credit: Greg Swartz)


Dear Student Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593374122
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Delacorte Press - February 15th, 2022

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714