Published by Feiwel & Friends
In this epistolary middle-grade debut novel, a girl who’s questioning her sexual orientation writes letters to her sister, who was sent away from their strict Catholic home after becoming pregnant.
Eleven-year-old Evie is heartbroken when her strict Catholic parents send her pregnant sister away to stay with a distant great-aunt. All Evie wants is for her older sister to come back. But when her parents forbid her to even speak to Cilla, she starts sending letters. Evie writes letters about her family, torn apart and hurting. She writes about her life, empty without Cilla. And she writes about the new girl in school, June, who becomes her friend, and then maybe more than a friend.
As she becomes better friends with June, Evie begins to question her sexual orientation. She can only imagine what might happen if her parents found out who she really is. She could really use some advice from Cilla. But Cilla isn’t writing back.
Jen Petro- Roy was born, raised, and still lives in Massachusetts, even though she rejects the idea that snow and cold are ever a good thing. She started writing in third grade, when her classroom performed a play she had written. It was about a witch and a kidnapped girl and a brave crew of adventurers who set out to save the day. As a kid, numerous pictures of Jen often featured Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins books clutched in her hand, so it was just a matter of time until she started writing her own books for children.
In the past, Jen has worked as a teacher and a teen and children’s librarian. She loves running, board games, trivia, and swimming, and has a mild obsession with the television show Jeopardy! P.S. I Miss You is her debut novel.
- What is on your nightstand? Am I boring if I say books? Because on my nightstand, in the position closest to where I sleep, is where I put the book I’m reading at the current moment. Right now, I’m reading The Ship of the Dead, the third book in Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series. I also have a box of tissues, some lotion (winter dry skin alert!), and a picture of my two daughters.
- What author would you totally fan? I think I would literally squeal out loud if I met Libba Bray. I’m a huge fan of both her writing (her skill with description, her inventiveness, her characters, and her utter daring and nerve as she explores so many new genres) and her personality. I love how outspoken she is about what she believes in.
- What makes you cringe? Intolerant people and acts of intolerance make me more than cringe, but I’ll try to keep it light here. Gum snapping is one of those noises that has always driven me crazy. That crack is worse than fingernails on a blackboard for me.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow? I fall somewhere in the middle. Usually, when I’m starting a new story, I write down the germ of an idea and let it grow for a bit. Then, when I have a broader idea of the general plot of the book, I start writing the first five or so chapters. That’s when I realize that I actually have no idea what’s going on and start plotting the rest of the book, the characters’ personalities, and their relationships.
- Is there a word you love to use? I don’t know how much I use them, but I love the words “bubbly” and “serendipity.” They just sound so happy tripping off my tongue!
Giveaway Details: International
3 winners will receive a finished copy of P.S. I MISS YOU, US Only.
Ends on March 13th at Midnight EST!
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