Kathryn Fitzmaurice‘s middle grade novel has recently come out in paperback. She’s generously donated a signed copy for one of you!￼
From School Library Journal￼
Grade 4–7—Watching helplessly as her father is taken off to jail, Groovy Robinson, 11, is convinced that there has been a terrible mistake. When her mom admits that she turned him in because he gambled away the $25,000 savings account that Groovy’s great-grandmother left her, the child shrinks into herself–disappointed, hurt, not caring about anything. Not until Groovy–now wanting to be known as Eleanor–heeds the advice of the homeless old sailor Mr. Tom does she grasp that people we love can hurt us, but that only through forgiveness can we become whole again.
This first novel is peopled with three-dimensional characters whose imperfections make them believable and interesting. The well-structured plot is underscored by clear writing and authentic dialogue, and short chapters keep the story moving. The book draws a parallel with the birds of Capistrano, and a novel that encourages understanding, tolerance, and forgiveness is as welcome as the returning swallows.
To enter, share an event tied to your community in the comments below. It could be a natural occurrence, like the yearly migration of swallows, a festival, a local tradition — anything! A winner will be selected using Random.org. Contest closes Tuesday, 14 June and is open internationally.