We’re delighted to show off this beautiful cover for 2019 mentee Kelis Rowe’s debut, FINDING JUPITER!
Mark your calendars for the book’s release on May 31, 2022 from Crown.
She’s a poet who is convinced love ends in heartbreak. He’s a competitive swimmer who looks the jock part, and is yet a hopeless romantic. One fateful summer night brings them together, but family secrets could tear them apart forever. With their worlds thrown out of orbit, these two Memphis teens must fight for their love story to be written in the stars.
Sparks fly when Orion and Ray meet for the first time at a roller rink in Memphis. But these star-crossed souls have a past filled with secrets that threaten to tear them apart before their love story even begins. Found poetry, grief, and fate collide in this powerful debut.
Ray: Just once I’d like my birthday to be about me, and not the day my father died. I want to be Ray Jr., the tall girl from Memphis with the poetry beats and the braids that stay poppin’. And when I meet Orion at the skating rink, that’s exactly who I am. He pulls my hand, and instead of being defined by my past, he races me toward my future.
Orion: When I dive into the pool, it’s just me and my heartbeat. There’s no dad, no dead sister, and no distracting noises. But I can’t hold my breath forever. And since I met Ray, I don’t want to. The closer we get, though, the more I see I’m not the only one caught in her wake.
With a lyrical blend of found poetry and poignant prose, this stunning debut captures young Black love and a decades-old family secret that may shatter a romance that feels written in the stars.
Kelis Rowe is a Black YA author and mom from Memphis, TN living in Austin, TX with a special place in her heart for young Black love, poetry, and gentle boys. Her writing style can be described as artful, commercial with literary flavor. In her free time you’ll find her soaking in the quiet–her favorite thing–or hyper-engaged in her local Black community, supporting various social clubs, parent groups, and serving on committees.
Kelis was mentored in Pitch Wars 2019 by J.Elle, and signed with Chelsea Eberly at Greenhouse Literary.