Books – Every Shiny Thing


Forthcoming April 17, 2018!

In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren’s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum and Sierra moves to a foster home in Lauren’s wealthy neighborhood, both girls are lost until they find a deep bond with each other. But when Lauren recruits Sierra to help with a Robin Hood scheme to raise money for autistic kids who don’t have her family’s resources, Sierra has a lot to lose if the plan goes wrong. Lauren must learn that having good intentions isn’t all that matters when you battle injustice, and Sierra needs to realize that sometimes, the person you need to take care of is yourself.

Advance Praise for Every Shiny Thing:

“This unique story of friendship features two striving yet flawed main characters… Thoughtful readers will find a lot to like here—sadness, suspense, even humor. They may even pause to consider their own privilege. VERDICT Great for fans of dual narratives or books like Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s One for the Murphys.” –School Library Journal

“Like a kaleidoscope, Lauren and Sierra’s shifting perspectives will make you look at the world from different angles, transforming in unique and beautiful ways. This story shines.”–Lisa Graff

“An innovative and emotional story about family and friendship.”–Erin Entrada Kelly

Every Shiny Thing, told in two points of view, one in prose and one in poetry, is an emotional story of thievery, the trials of middle school, and above all, home and heart. This should hit the mark for middle grade readers who enjoy life’s complexities paired with the intrigue of secrecy. Hand to fans of One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt or Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker.”–Erin Moulton

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