It’s here!! I can FINALLY show you the cover of A LIBRARY OF LEMONS, my standalone novel for 9-12s with Piccadilly Press, out in May! This book has gone through such a ‘journey’ (argh!) and I am really, really proud of it. So I am delighted to say that I absolutely adore this cover and I think it’s perfect for the book. Thank you so much to the fab team at Piccadilly and the artist Sarah Dennis, who creates amazing and beautiful papercuts. Thanks also to lovely Linda Newbery for such a perfect quote in her advance copy review!
A poignant story about dealing with grief through the magic of reading and friendship.
Calypso’s mum died a few years ago and her emotionally incompetent Dad can’t, or won’t, talk about Mum at all. Instead he throws himself into writing his book A History of the Lemon. Meanwhile the house is dusty, there’s never any food in the fridge, and Calypso retreats into her own world of books and fiction.
When a new girl, Mae, arrives at school, the girls’ shared love of reading and writing stories draws them together. Mae’s friendship and her lively and chaotic home – where people argue and hug each other – make Calypso feel more normal than she has for a long time. But when Calypso finally plucks up the courage to invite Mae over to her own house, the girls discover the truth about her dad and his magnum opus – and Calypso’s happiness starts to unravel.
There’s so much enthusiasm for my OUP book ELECTRIGIRL at the moment – which is out in ten days’ time, eep! But I also can’t wait to share this book, a very, very different type of story but one which has so far made everyone who’s read it cry…! If you loved LOOKING AT THE STARS, this will be right up your literary street 🙂