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Northfield authors write second children’s novel featuring homeschooled children
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 9:09am
For the 2.2 million (and counting) homeschooling families in the United States who have felt left out by existing fiction, they now have a series featuring kids like themselves: well-adjusted but individual, close to their families but learning to think for themselves, passionate about learning but ready for fun with their friends—some who are homeschooled, some who are not.
And Sometimes Y continues the adventures of the Howling Vowels of Sundog, Minnesota and stands as something brand-new for the authors: a full-scale mother-daughter writing collaboration. Leslie Schultz and her fourteen-year-old daughter, JJM Braulick, have each published prize-winning work separately. They teamed up to write this new middle-grade novel published by Do Life Right, Inc., (publisher of The Howling Vowels in 2011).And Sometimes Y follows the adventures of Alexa and her four best pals–three years after the conclusion of the first book. It also introduces a new human character and several memorable animal characters.
The HowlingVowels and And Sometimes Y have been compared to modern Little House books and to the Minnesota stories of Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace set in Mankato a hundred years ago. While thoroughly modern, the Sundog books do offer a vivid picture of an individual family, set in a strongly knit community, in world of where nature's presence is part of the story. Homeschooled, brimming with questions, ready for fun, and profoundly gifted with verbal dexterity, Alexa continues to struggle to with the challenges of expressing her own authenticity while accepting others for who they are--and who they are becoming.
This new book includes numerous illustrations by Heather Newman. Original illustrator of The Howling Vowels, Newman captures how each familiar character has grown and changed, and creates the look for the newest character—a troubled boy who moves to Sundog and stirs up this close-knit town. She also provides an updated map of Sundog, Minnesota (which bears a striking resemblance to Northfield) that highlights key sites in the action.
The Kindle version is available immediately on Amazon (link). In a week or so, paperback copies will be available, too. Paperback copies can be ordered from Amazon; Monkey See, Monkey Read in Northfield; Do Life Right, Inc., or here (for a signed and personalized copy.). And, by this fall, the story will be available as a downloadable audio book read by actress Kerri Wagner.
For more information, contact Leslie Schultz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit her website (www.winonamedia.net).
And here's a video of Leslie and Julia talking about their mother-daughter collaboration: