At the risk of infuriating many of you, I am here to declare that, 'round these parts, school starts in just FOUR weeks! I know! I'm sorry! Please don't shoot the messenger! I love summer just as much as any parent of three young children who spends several months of the year stuck inside wiping runny noses and searching for lost gloves. Actually, maybe not quite as much as some of you. This summer I've been dealing with this crazy trifecta of a toddler who hates both sand and water, a four-year old who can swim well enough to not need a floatie but not well enough to keep her head above water for more than 30 seconds, and a six-year old who can swim so well that she feels totally comfortable disappearing to the far ends of any body of water as soon as I turn my back to save her younger sister from drowning. It's been a doozy. But still, a doozy in the warm sunshine beats a doozy in the arctic any day.
Anyway, my real point is that now is a great time to get in some summer reading. You just know that on the first day of school your child's teacher will ask him or her what their favorite book was this summer. And in my world, there's no better answer than Star Sisters! In fact, one of my favorite emails is from a friend who said her child's teacher asked her, "What is this Star Sisters book?" because her daughter wouldn't stop talking about it being her favorite book and the teacher wanted to get a copy for her classroom. So sweet. For those of you who are away, all three Star Sisters books are now being sold at several independent bookstores on the Cape and the islands. If you don't see it on the shelves, please ask for it. Independent booksellers are some of the best people in the world and they always get in touch with me to place orders. And did you know that amazon prime works even if you're not at your primary residence? Brilliant, huh? Or you can order through my website and get a star necklace to go along with your purchase. Basically you have no excuse other than this amazing weather not to get your kids reading!
In case you're looking for some adult summer reading, I'm currently loving The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing. I'm sad to report that I didn't really enjoy Jojo Moyes' new novel One Plus One. It felt way too similar to Me Plus You, minus characters that I connected with and a major cry at the end. If you've already read Me Plus You and are looking for an amazing story with incredible writing and some serious crying, please pick up The Fault in Our Stars. I know I'm late on this one, but I avoided it for awhile because sometimes you have to be in a certain mindset to handle a book about a teenager with cancer. But my gosh, it was incredible. I don't think I'll ever see the movie because I can't imagine anyone telling the story in a way that would do justice to author John Green's writing.
P.S. Since we're talking book buying, a lot of people have asked if I'll ever publish a kindle edition of Star Sisters. I'm pretty sure that I won't, at least not in the foreseeable future. I just think there's something sacred about curling up in bed with your child and turning pages. Or seeing your child's head buried in a physical book. I appreciate the ease of a kindle and the ability to charge less for my books is so tempting, but between the challenges of formatting an illustrated book and the thought of losing the physical product, I don't think it's in the cards. After all, Star Sisters and the Best Seller (coming in September), is all about a little girl who dreams of writing a real book or, as she describes it, a book that can stand up on the shelf all by itself. And really, this cover would not be nearly as charming if Coco and Lucy were holding kindles, not books.