A beautifully crafted novel that perfectly captures what growing up feels like. Maggie is worried. Ever since she started middle school, she sees injustice and danger everywhere–on the news, in her textbooks, in her own neighborhood. Even her best friend seems to be changing. Maggie believes it is up to her, and only her, to make everything all right. Can she come up with a plan to keep everyone safe? The Best Worst Thing is a perceptive novel about learning the limits of what you can control, and the good–sometimes even best–things that can come of finally letting go. “A writer to watch, a voice to savor, a novel to cherish.”–Katherine Applegate, Newbery medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan
Inspired by her own experiences with anxiety, and the experiences of young people she met while visiting schools with The Best Worst Thing, Kathleen Lane recently launched Create More, Fear Less (createmorefearless.org)—a workshop and website designed to encourage young people to use the gifts of their anxious minds to take on fear and anxiety. She is currently working on a middle-grade short story collection, and just finished her adult story collection, Deaths I’ve Imagined. Stories from the collection can be found in Los Angeles Review, Baltimore Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Swink Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Forest Avenue Press, and elsewhere. Kathleen lives in Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys nothing more than biking around with her husband and two boys. She is also quite fond of popcorn.