Mattie Markham is sweet and winning, very real, and a sixth-grade heroine. Add this book to your treasure shelf.” (Natalie Standiford, author of The Secret Tree)
“A heartwarming and completely charming story about moving on, growing up, and being yourself.” (Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series)
“A gentle look at the challenges of both fitting in to a new situation and having a friend with special needs.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“An accessible chapter book with a clear but gently delivered message.” (Booklist)
“I love how this book gets the fragile ecosystem that is middle school. There’s a purity to the voice that feels very real, very Judy Blume. Loved it!” (R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder)
Melissa Walker grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is the author of eight young adult novels, including the Violet on the Runway series and Small Town Sinners. In the nonfiction world, she is a magazine editor and writer who works from the comfort of coffee shops in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. Find Melissa on Twitter @melissacwalker or visit www.melissacwalker.com.
Lucy is an international children’s book illustrator from the U.K. She has had many years experience and her clients include, Simon & Schuster USA, American Girl, Scholastic USA, Heinmann, Harper Collins USA, Little Brown Books USA (YA and children’s fiction). She loves working in the children’s book market as there is so much freedom to express creativity and have fun with imaginative worlds. Her style is energetic and lively in its execution and subject matters. Lucy is hugely inspired by past masters of children’s book illustration such as M Sasek and Maurice Sendak. Inspiration is drawn upon experiences and people watching, notably observing her own children and understanding their nuances!