Book Launch for Sally Engelfried In Conversation with Lisa Moore-Ramee


Join us for a special book launch on Sunday, September 11 to celebrate local author SALLY ENGELFRIED's debut novel Learning To Fall, recommended for ages 9-12. The story revolves around 12-year-old Daphne as she reconciles with her father, who left her stranded three years ago, and learns forgiveness one fall at a time. Sally will read from the book and be joined in conversation by author LISA MOORE-RAMEE (right).

To register for this event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or register at the store in person at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Daphne doesn't want to be stuck in Oakland with her dad. She wants to get on the first plane to Prague, where her mom is shooting a movie. Armed with her grandparents’ phone number and strict instructions from her mom to call them if her dad starts drinking again, Daphne has no problem being cold to him. But there's one thing Daphne can't keep herself from doing: joining her dad and her new friend Arlo at a weekly skate session. 

When her dad promises to teach her how to ollie and she lands the trick, Daphne starts to believe in him again. He starts to show up for her, and Daphne learns things are not as black and white with her dad as she used to think. The way Daphne’s dad tells it, skating is all about accepting failure and moving on. But can Daphne really let go of her dad’s past mistakes? Either way life is a lot like skating: it’s all about getting back up after you fall. 

"Engelfried performs quite a trick mixing joy, struggle, and healing in this relatable, wonderful book. Grab your pads and helmet, and get ready to drop in to a touching and inspiring read."―Lisa Moore Ramée, author of A Good Kind of Trouble and Something to Say

Learning to Fall is something rare and captivating: equal parts family story, coming of age novel, and sports book. Readers' hearts will dip and soar as Daphne learns not only how to ollie and kickflip, but also who she is and all she's capable of being.” ―Tricia Springstubb, author of Cody and the Fountain of Happiness

SALLY ENGELFRIED was the recipient of a writer’s merit grant for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2018 and the Golden Gate Writer’s Award from SCBWI in 2014. She is currently a children’s librarian in Oakland, California, where she lives with her husband, two cats, and a dog who is fond of stealing slippers. Learning to Fall is her first novel. She invites you to visit her website at

LISA MOORE-RAMEE  was born and raised in Los Angeles, and she now lives in the Bay Area of California with her husband, two kids, and an obnoxious cat. You can visit her online at

This is a free event though we encourage you to purchase a signed copy of the book through our website or at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, pre-registration is required; and attendance will be limited to 50. Masks will be required during the event.

Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Learning to Fall By Sally Engelfried Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316367974
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2022