Synopses & Reviews
"Eland (Scones and Sensibility) crafts a graceful, leisurely paced story about 11-year-old Sunday Fowler, who yearns to stand out in her large family. Eclipsed by her two glamorous older sisters and three ebullient younger brothers, the often forgotten Sunday tries to make her mark the summer her contractor father and family move to a small town to renovate a library. The family's unwieldy but realistic dynamics are tinged with humor, even as Sunday's insecurities ramp up: her family forgets her at a rest stop, and she's iced out when her siblings choose rooms in their new house. When Sunday, a voracious reader, finds an anonymous manuscript in the library basement, she and her new friend Jude set out to locate the author. Eland crafts a memorable cast of small-town child and adult characters and effectively integrates their story lines. While the novel can be a bit slow, readers' affection for Sunday won't waver as this independent protagonist finds a way to balance her desire to be noticed with a growing maturity. Ages 8 12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Lindsay Eland knew she wanted to be a writer ever since fifth grade, when she won an honorable mention for her book What Can You Learn From a Giflyaroo. The book received rave reviews and was highly acclaimed among her family members. Sadly, with only ten hard-bound copies produced, the book is now out of print. (Skip tumultuous adolescence, when she aspired to be an actress on Broadway, a ballerina, a singer, a nurse, and a dental hygienist.)
After getting hitched to a wonderful guy she met in college and having four kids in four years, she decided she didn't have enough to do, so she began to write again with the passion and determination that always marked her character.
She has published one previous novel, Scones and Sensibility.
You can visit Lindsay online at www.lindsayeland.com and follow her on twitter @lindsayeland.