Drum Roll, Please
A middle grade novel from HarperCollins
Expected publication Summer 2018
Every heart has its own rhythm.
Melissa Goodwin only joined the school band because her best friend Olivia begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse.
Now, she and Olivia are excited to spend two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods. But the day before they leave, Melly’s parents share major news: they’re getting divorced.
Hundreds of miles from home, Melly’s life is thrown further out of sync when she meets her new bandmate, Adeline. Adeline, with her sandpaper voice and beat-up guitar, helps Melly feel confident when Melly feels anything but. And at night, when the girls in her tent compare crushes, Melly finds she isn’t thinking about boys. She’s thinking about Adeline.
To top it all off, Melly and Olivia seem to be growing apart, and Melly has to find her voice as a drummer in time for the end-of-camp show.
Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?
“A winner of a first novel.”
Nancy Garden, Annie on My Mind
Laura Ruby, Bone Gap
Starting from Here
A 2013 Rainbow List Top Ten book
Sixteen-year-old Colby Bingham’s heart has been broken too many times. Her mother is dead, her truck driver father is always away, and her almost girlfriend just dumped her for a guy. When an injured stray dog lands at her feet, she decides to care for it, against her better judgment.
But new connections mean new opportunities for heartbreak. Terrified of another loss, Colby bolts at the first sign of trouble, managing to alienate her best friend, her father, the cute girl pursuing her, and even her dog’s vet, who’s taken Colby under her wing. Colby can’t start over, but can she learn how to move on?