Taylor Tyng is an American author of middle grade fiction for young readers. His first book, CLARA POOLE AND THE LONG WAY ROUND, was called “an engrossing and inventive flight through the skies” by Kirkus Reviews and is the first in ongoing series published by Pixel+Ink Books. He has also written a second series called SPROUT, which will be published in 2025 & 2026.
Taylor Tyng got to writing late. After spending his early years performing in LA rock clubs, Taylor created a design agency and a software company for the advertising and entertainment industries, surrounding himself with the art of storytelling. He's created designs that have traveled to space, written songs for film, played bit roles in bad movies, and occasionally does dumb things like rocketing down bobsled tracks or snorkeling in Iceland during Winter. As a lifelong dyslexic, Taylor never imagined becoming an author was on the list, which only proves how random and remarkable life's journey can be.
Taylor lives in a 1700s farmhouse outside Boston with his wife, two daughters, and a very busy miniature Australian Shepherd.
Taylor Tyng is an American author of middle grade fiction for young readers. His books include the CLARA POOLE series and the SPROUT series, both published by Pixel+Ink Books. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts, on a 1700s farm with his wife and two daughters.
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CLARA POOLE AND THE LONG WAY ROUND
Mr. Lemoncello meets the Amazing Race in this quirky high-octane balloon-racing middle grade around-the-world adventure.
When an unintended flight over Michigan in her class science project—a lawn chair held aloft by balloons—brings her instant celebrity, Clara Poole is invited to be the spokesperson for a round-the-world hot air balloon race. But when her overprotective father, still mourning the death of his wife, refuses, in a moment of brash defiance, Clara forges his signature and runs away to Paris to take her place in the skies. If only she’d read the fine print first.
Partnered with a veteran aeronaut who wants nothing to do with her, Clara faces down ten treacherous stages in a race around the world—capturing flags in the perilous mountains of Nepal; being a guest of honor at a maybe-wedding in the Saharan desert; flying through rings of fire in Hong Kong—all while learning the ropes alongside a colorful cast of international competitors.
But there are more dangers than those planned as part of the contest. Someone is trying to sabotage the competition. And surviving this race means Clara must come to terms with the tragedy that set her rashly escaping to the skies in the first place, and accepting that forgiving herself isn’t a process she has to undertake alone.
Gorgeous prose and winning characters combine in this quirky, often-hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking, and thoroughly captivating middle grade adventure series starter from an incredible new talent.
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.
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.
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