Hazel’s Theory of Evolution

Hazel's Theory of Evolution
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“Warm and memorable.”

Kirkus Reviews

A middle grade novel from Harper
Coming October 2019
ISBN: 9780062791177

“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t make it illogical.”

Hazel knows all about life on Earth. She could tell you anything from what earthworms eat to how fast a turkey can run. That’s because when she’s not hanging out with her best friend, Becca, or helping care for the goats on her family’s farm, she loves reading through dusty old encyclopedias. But even Hazel doesn’t have answers for the questions awaiting her as she enters eighth grade.

Due to redistricting, she has to attend a new school where she worries no one will understand her. And at home things get worse when she discovers one of her moms is pregnant. Hazel can’t wait to be a big sister, but her mom has already miscarried twice. Hazel fears it might happen again.

As Hazel struggles through the next few months, she’ll grow to realize that if the answers to life’s most important questions can’t be found in a book, she’ll have to find them within herself.


“[Hazel’s] first-person narration is insightful; she’s highly likable, and her troubles and triumphs will sound familiar to many….Warm and memorable.”
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Cover art by Laura Bernard and design by Laura Mock