Publishing Spring 2023 & 2024
Clara Poole and the Long Way Round
Two years... that's how long Clara and her father have been on their own. It's also how long ago the lightning turned her hair white and Clara's mother died trying to save her on the windmill.
Since then, Clara has sworn to keep her head down and her feet firmly on the ground. But when she accidentally launches herself in a homemade balloon at her school fair, her solitary life is shattered, bringing unwanted fame, and a mysterious man from Paris with an invitation to join an obscure (and deadly) round-the-world race.
Her father forbids her to go, but Clara defies him, running away to Paris after learning his plan to sell their old farm—her mother's most beloved possession. Clara has no idea what she's agreed to until coaxed into signing an unbreakable contract and thrown into a world so bizarre and unpredictable that she'll need to go to greater and darker heights to get back home.
Along the way, she'll meet an irreverent cast of aeronauts, a six-year-old daredevil in a panda hat, and a washed-up old champion whose copilots are monkeys. Together they will teach Clara the importance of family, strength in one's self, and the value of forgiveness.
Middle school is a strange time for most kids, but for twelve-year-old Sprout Sprowder, it’s stranger than most. It isn't because her florist mother gave her an annoying acronym for a name, Sprout being short for Scarlet Posy Rose Oleander Ursinia Thistle. It’s what lies beneath her pageboy cap—a pair of flowering antlers, or plantlers—that makes her feel so singular in her strangeness. But when Sprout discovers a mysterious headline from an old newspaper, she begins to uncover the secret of who she really is, and she finds that the people of her small New England community might be hiding sinister secrets of their own. With the help of an unlikely friend whose own unseen quirks are every bit as challenging, Sprout will learn she’s not as alone in her strangeness as she feels, and maybe even save her town in the process.
SPROUT is Sweet Tooth for a middle-grade audience, blending the vibrant humor and joyful wordplay of Lemony Snicket with the depiction of friendship and environmental themes of Erin Entrada Kelly’s You Go First.
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