THE WRITE WAY HOME**
Eleven-year-old Faith Fargo aches for home. But ever since Daddy died, she’s been stuck at the Bethel church shelter, her cot jammed between her little sister and a Goth girl accused of arson.
Mama keeps praying for a miracle, but Faith knows they need cold, hard cash—enough to pay the late mortgage bill and save their house from auction. When she hears about the Girls World story contest—with its $1,000 Grand Prize—she opens her journal and starts writing.
Too bad Faith doesn’t have money for the entry fee. Not that it matters. Her know-it-all classmate Emma is scheming to steal her story printout and mock her friendship with chubby, big-hearted Gabby—the one person who believes in Faith’s writing almost as much as Daddy did.
Turns out, it takes more than talent to win a nationwide writing contest. For Faith, it takes belief in unexpected friendships. And maybe, just maybe, in a power greater than herself.
**Winner of “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents Blog.
Grace has big plans for seventh grade—ace her classes (naturally), sit first chair violin, (duh), and secure a spot on All-City Orchestra. Like always, she’ll be Grace the Great, star of everything.
Well, most things, if you don’t count swimming.
Grace can barely doggie paddle, which hasn’t really mattered much until this year, when SWIM SAFETY is introduced as a new, graded gym unit. Without an “A” in swimming, she won’t make High Honors- a requirement for All-City musicians.
Up until now, it’s been easy to hide her fear of water.
But with her musical dreams on the line, Grace has no choice. She has to ask a friend for help.
Turns out that’s a whole lot harder than diving head-first into the deep end.
*National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Top 25 Finalist in the Chapter Book Category.
Twelve-year-old Melody Adams dreams of making the synchronized ice skating team. But her mom has other plans: daily piano practice sessions, including scales and arpeggios (yawn), theory drills (double yawn), and sonatinas with three sharps. (puh-lease)
While her best friend Sophie and major crush Kyle play crack-the-whip at Middle School Skate Night, Melody’s hunched over her Technique and Artistry book, her fingers stumbling over the piano keys. It’s not her fault Mom never became a concert pianist. Yet she’s the one paying the price.
If Melody doesn’t talk to Mom, she might be chained to a piano bench forever. Spilling her guts is hard, but so is watching Sophie hang with a new friend. Maybe, if Mel can convince Mom to watch her skate, she’ll realize her passion lies on the ice—where, in a weird sort of way, she’ll always feel the music.