“Eloquent and resonant…poignantly underscores the significance of family, friendship, and home.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Gentle and old-fashioned in the best sense…a little gem about small-town life.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A sweet story for children dealing with change.” —Kirkus Reviews
From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant comes the charming story of nine-year-old Flora Smallwood and the eventful year she spends in the quiet community of Rosetown, Indiana.
For nine-year-old Flora Smallwood, Rosetown, Indiana, is full of surprises, many of the best of which happen at the Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop, where she loves to read vintage children’s books after school in the faded purple chair by the window.
But lately, those surprises haven’t been so good. Her dear old dog, Laurence, recently passed away. Not long after, her parents decided to take a breather from their marriage, and now Flora has to move back and forth between their two houses. Plus, she’s just begun fourth grade, and it is so much different than third.
Luckily Flora has two wonderful friends—one old and one new. And with them around to share thoughts and laughs and adventures big and small, life in Rosetown still has many sweet moments—and even some very happy surprises!
Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel?Missing May?received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.
Lori Richmond is writing and illustrating several books for children. Her debut picture book, Pax and Blue, is with Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. Lori is also author and illustrator of the forthcoming Bunny’s Staycation (Scholastic) and illustrator of several other picture books. Before her book career, Lori was a creative director in several media companies and contributing editor to pregnancy and parenting brand, The Bump. As editor, Lori was a sought-after expert on all things parenting and has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, and CNN. Lori lives and creates in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at LoriDraws.com.