Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's A Little Haywire by Elle Strauss

Fellow Indelible author, Elle Strauss, has a new release for kids grades 8-12. I haven't read it yet, but I'm looking forward to it! Why? I can give you a few reasons right off the bat.

1. The description is awesome (and a little creepy) -- check it out below. 2. The cover is sweet. 3. The story takes place in the Pacific Northwest. All my stories are set in the Pacific Northwest, so it's interesting to discover how other authors bring this beautiful place to life--especially my home state of Washington. 4. It's illustrated!!! Duh. How neat is that? Very.


Click on the cover to go straight to Amazon and download your copy for 
on February 22 and 23 only.

Owen True is eleven and eleven twelfths and has been "exiled" to the small crazy town of Hayward, WA, aka, Haywire, while his mother is on her honeymoon. All he has to whittle away the time is the company of Gramps, his black lab Daisy, and his Haywire friends, Mason and Mikala Sweet. They don't look so hot this year, in fact, the whole town has gone to pot since the mill shut down.

Owen has his first encounter with a real life homeless man who ends up needing Owen's help in more ways than one. But how does a rich city kid help the small town's suffering citizens?

And what is Owen to make of the fog train and its scary, otherworldy occupants that appears out of thin air on the old tracks behind Gramps' house? Do they have the answer Owen is looking for?


"Strauss' characters are absolutely precious, especially Mikala. Your heart just breaks for her and her family. And Owen was a funny little toot, with a heart of gold. Just because you are young doesn't mean you can't help a community in need!Such a wonderful little read, that brought a tear to my eye at the end." -  Mandy at twimom101 book blog- book reviewer

"IT'S A LITTLE HAYWIRE reminds me of Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. It's that good....I loved the magic in this story. I mean the magic of story, a great story, the kind that pulls you in and makes you care about the characters. Elle Strauss does a wonderful job of pulling everything together at the end in a moving way."  - Laura Pauling - book blogger,  book reviewer

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