Synopses & Reviews
From the Desk of Zoe Washington meets Ways to Make Sunshine in this "noteworthy" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) middle grade novel about a determined young girl who must rely on her ingenuity and scientific know-how to save her beloved cat.
Twelve-year-old Mira's summer is looking pretty bleak. Her best friend Thomas just moved a billion and one miles away from Florida to Washington, DC. Her dad is job searching and he's been super down lately. Her phone screen cracked after a home science experiment gone wrong. And of all people who could have moved into Thomas's old house down the street, Mira gets stuck with Tamika Smith, her know-it-all nemesis who's kept Mira in second place at the school science fair four years running.
Mira's beloved cat, Sir Fig Newton, has been the most stable thing in her life lately, but now he seems off, too. With her phone gone and no internet over the weekend at her strict Gran's house, Mira must research Fig's symptoms the old-fashioned way: at the library. She determines that he has "the silent cat killer" diabetes. A visit to the vet confirms her diagnosis, but that one appointment stretched family funds to the limit — they'll never be able to afford cat insulin shots.
When Mira's parents tell her they may have to give Fig up to people who can afford his treatment, Mira insists she can earn the $2,000 needed within a month. Armed with ingenuity, determination, and one surprising ally, can Mira save her best (four-legged) friend before it's too late?
“Thomas' debut will pull at readers' heartstrings….As well as being heartwarming, this well-paced novel also contains numerous interesting facts about famous scientists that will make readers just as excited about science as Mira.” Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“Middle grade readers looking for realistic stories with engaging protagonists will enjoy meeting Mira, a girl whose passion for science gives her a sense of purpose and the tools to solve problems.” School Library Journal
About the Author
Sonja Thomas (she/her) writes stories for readers of all ages, often featuring brave, everyday girls doing extraordinary things. Raised in Central Florida — home of the wonderful world of Disney, humidity, and hurricanes — and a Washington, DC, transplant for eleven years (go Nats!), she's now "keeping it weird" in the Pacific Northwest. Ruled by coffee and cats, a few of her favorite things are dancing to music blasting in the living room, traveling to new places and buying a magnet before leaving, and snuggling with her furry friend, Gabbie Lu — just don't let her roommate's three other cats know! Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence is her debut novel.