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THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING by Krista Van Dolzer … new release!

Monday, 11 May 2015  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING final cover

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About the book …

Twelve-year-old Ella Mae Higbee is a sensible girl. She eats her vegetables and wants to be just like Sergeant Friday, her favorite character on Dragnet. So when her auntie Mildred starts spouting nonsense about a scientist who can bring her cousin Robby back to life, Ella Mae doesn’t believe her–until a boy steps out of the scientist’s pod and drips slime on the floor right before her eyes.
“But the boy is not Robby–he’s Japanese. And in California in the wake of World War II, the Japanese are still feared and mistreated. When Auntie Mildred refuses to take responsibility, Ella Mae convinces her mama to take the boy home with them. It’s clear that he’ll be kept like a prisoner in that lab, and she wants to help.

“Determined to do what’s right by her new friend, Ella Mae teaches him English and defends him from the reverend’s talk of H-E-double-toothpicks. But when the boy’s painful memories resurface, Ella Mae learns some surprising truths about her own family and, more importantly, what it means to love.”

Blurbs …

“Brimming with empathy, humor, forgiveness, and wisdom about what it means to be truly, fully human”
–Tricia Springstubb, author of MOONPENNY ISLAND

“Ella Mae is a scrapper in the tradition of Harper Lee’s Scout”

–Publishers Weekly

“A remarkable effort that explores stereotypes, family, and friendships that transcend the 1950s”

–Booklist

“Perfect for classrooms and book clubs, as it definitely offers a lot of material for discussion”

–VOYA

“Recommended to fans of historical fiction who enjoy a mix of history and ethics”

–School Library Journal

About the Author …

 

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Krista Van Dolzer

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Krista’s a stay-at-home mom by day and a children’s author by bedtime. She lives with her husband and three kids in Mesquite, Nevada, where she watches too much college football and looks for her dead people online. She’s the author of THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, May 2015) and DON’T VOTE FOR ME (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, August 2015).

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