The Map of Me
By Tami Lewis Brown
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374356552, 160pp.)
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
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The note Momma left on the fridge says only: “I HAVE TO GO.” But go where? Twelve-year-old Margie is convinced that Momma’s gone to the Rooster Romp at the International Poultry Hall of Fame, in search of additions to her precious flock of chicken memorabilia. And it’s up to Margie to bring her home. So she commandeers her daddy’s Faithful Ford, kidnaps her nine-year-old sister, Peep, and takes to the open road.
As she navigates the back roads of Kentucky with smarty-pants Peep criticizing her every move, Margie also travels along the highways and byways of her heart, mapping a course to help understand Momma—and herself.
Tami Lewis Brown is the author of the picture book Soar, Elinor!, illustrated by François Roca. She holds an M.F.A. in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Washington, D.C. The Map of Me is her first novel.
"Brown's first novel, following her picture book debut, Soar, Elinor! (2010), combines pathos and humor for an emotionally resonant story." --Publishers Weekly "Character development is the strongest element in this short novel. Clever, annoying Peep, who is so smart she was 'shoved' to Margie's grade, works well as a foil to her stalwart, determined sister. The dialogue rings true and carries the story along." --School Library Journal "Slim gem of a novel...Brown's straightforward prose, short chapters, and engaging narrator are perfect for reluctant readers ages 9 to 12." --Ingram