I wrote a book!
My debut middle-grade novel, ELVIS AND THE WORLD AS IT STANDS, will be published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, Fall 2021.
Most shelter animals dream of going home with a forever family. But for Elvis, being chosen by Mrs. Pemberton is not part of his plan. He’s determined to find his way back to the City Shelter of Care and Comfort, where he last saw his sister Etta before the two kittens were separated.
In spite of himself, Elvis becomes curious about 10-year old Georgina Pemberton, who builds LEGO skyscrapers in her bedroom while navigating emotions still raw from her parents’ separation. Humans are a puzzle to Elvis, but even as he strategizes about reuniting with Etta, he begins to recognize new feelings. As Georgina sets out to build her most important skyscrapers yet—the Twin Towers, followed by the World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower—thoughts about disaster and rebirth begin to guide Elvis as he gradually comes to terms with his new reality.
This animal-POV adventure begins on the 4th of July and concludes on the anniversary of 9/11, touching upon this catastrophic moment in U.S. history to inform rather than overwhelm themes of family, home, and new beginnings.
Join my newsletter below to get all the info as we move closer to the publication date. And stay tuned for more book announcements.
Hint: think alphabet books and pie.