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Genre: YA/Social & Family Issues/Death
Release Date: April 13, 2017
Wren’s gleeful mood at becoming the lead in the summer musical crashes with the news of her mother’s diagnosis of advanced-stage Breast Cancer. While her mother focuses on healing, Wren is sent to spend the summer with her grandparents in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
Grandma and Grandpa live on an acreage of rural land. The not-so-typical grandparents are aging hippies with goats, chickens, and alpacas as companions. Wren finds that happiness comes with new friends, increased independence, and acres of woods to explore. She tries to discover what she wants to do when she is grown—an archaeologist, or ranger, perhaps a writer or a singer?
Alice Longaker considers herself a late bloomer. She worked in libraries for many years then obtained a graduate degree in English, so she could teach composition, research, and literature to college students. Alice, a Colorado native, lives in northeastern Colorado where she heeds “the call of stories.” Her other writings include plays, poems, and short stories.