Giveaway -- THE KEY TO EVERY THING (US & CANADA ONLY)
The Key to Every Thing (US & Canada Only)
Written by: Pat Schmatz
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Candlewick Press
About the Book:
Tash didn’t want to go to camp, didn’t want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, didn’t want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap’n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap’n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her — the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that made everything all right after a fight, the key Cap’n Jackie always insisted had magic in it. The Captain always said all Tash had to do was hold it tight and the magic would come. Was it true? Could the key bring Cap’n Jackie back? In a heartfelt and stunningly written story, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead.
For eleven-year-old Tash, Cap’n Jackie isn’t just the elderly next-door neighbor — she’s family. When she disappears, only Tash holds the key that might bring her back.
About the Author:
Pat Schmatz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bluefish as well as Lizard Radio, which won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for exploring and expanding the understanding of gender. Pat Schmatz lives in Minneapolis.
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The cover is so fun with that irresistible blue color and the laid-back style of the lettering and the spare image depicted. It would make me take up the book to learn more about it, for sure; also, it reminds me of at least one other Pat Schmatz novel (the title of which isn't jumping to mind I'm afraid). The one puzzle presented by the cover is that it doesn't allude much to the realistic depiction of any of the myriad forms of suffering and ugly truths about aging in contemporary society. That wouldn't be at all unusual except that I understand that Schmatz doesn't soften the substance of this issue inasmuch as it is part of the story of the protagonist's missing elder friend. In any case, the mix of a likeable, quirky, fun protagonist who also deals with complex life issues is something I've seen Schmatz do in her work before, and I want to see it again. So great but slightly incongruous cover design, all in all!