Today we are celebrating the release of Laura Golden’s debut novel, EVERY DAY AFTER, which came out on Tuesday!
Jennifer Holm’s fans will root for Lizzie Hawkins. Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY, says: “A beautiful story of acceptance and determination. Lizzie Hawkins reminds us that in the mids of losing something precious we may find something equally important: ourselves.”
It’s been two months since Lizzie’s daddy disappeared due to the awful Depression. Lizzie’s praying he’ll return to Bittersweet, Alabama, for her birthday. It won’t feel special without him, what with Lizzie’s Mama being so sad she won’t even talk and the bank nipping at their heels for a mortgage payment.
Daddy expected her to be the best at any cost. But Lizzie claims “that cost me my top grades and my best friend. It’s dumped ’em both square into Erin’s hands. She’s gone batty if she thinks she’s gonna get me carted off to the orphanage.”
While Lizzie waits, she gets comfort writing in her journal. As time passes, she can only picture her daddy’s face by opening her locket. If others can get by, why did her daddy leave? If he doesn’t return, how can she overcome the same obstacles that drove him away?
I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but I love historical fiction and I’ve been meaning to read more middle-grade books this year, so it’s going on my wishlist! If you want to learn more about Laura and EVERY DAY AFTER, you can check out her interview with the Corsets, Cutlasses, and Candlesticks blog here.
Now for our interview with Laura:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Lizzie is a stubborn, spirited, resilient girl.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
EVERY DAY AFTER is an emotion-filled, Southern-flavored, historical novel.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a self-critical, socially-awkward, history-obsessed writer. (JS: Hey, me too!)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
France, Germany, New Zealand
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Comparative politics, tai chi, time management and organization (ha!)
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Librarian, travel agent, archaeologist
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Calla lilies, white daisies, hydrangeas (JS: I love calla lilies!)
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, chicken pot pie
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
JACOB HAVE I LOVED by Katherine Paterson, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee, THE TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo
Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura!
Laura is generously offering up one signed copy plus swag of EVERY DAY AFTER. The contest is open internationally through noon EST next Friday, June 21. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what your favorite historical MG is! (Mine is Stephanie Burgis’s Kat Stephenson series! Or would TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD count?)