Two Naomis (Hardcover)
Balzer + Bray, 9780062414250, 208pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
A realistic contemporary story of two girls whose divorced parents begin to date—perfect for fans of Lisa Graff, Sara Pennypacker, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn’t mind keeping it that way.
Naomi Marie starts clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And while Naomi Marie’s father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders how she’s supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from her mother.
When Naomi Marie’s mom and Naomi Edith’s dad get serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together, where they might just have to find a way to work with each other—and maybe even join forces to find new ways to define family.
About the Author
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of the middle grade novels Two Naomis and Naomis Too, as well as 8th Grade Superzero. She has contributed to the website Brightly and the books Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices and Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She enjoys showing her leadership skills to her younger sister and wishes you could eat cake in the library. She lives with her family in New York City, where she writes, makes things, and needs to get more sleep. Olugbemisola loves to visit with readers and writers like you; until then, find her online at www.olugbemisolabooks.com.
Audrey Vernick is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Is Your Buffalo Ready For Kindergarten? and She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story. She is also the coauthor of the middle grade novels Two Naomis and Naomis Too. Audrey enjoys visiting schools to speak with young readers and writers. She lives with her family near the ocean in New Jersey. Visit her online at www.audreyvernick.com.
Praise For Two Naomis…
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ “This story of two families coming together is grounded and sweet. Recommended for all children who appreciate realistic contemporary stories.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“Warm, upbeat, and satisfying.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A sweet coming-of-age story. Highly recommended”
— School Library Journal
“Will resonate with young readers who have experienced a change in family dynamics, particularly divorce.”
— The Horn Book
“Rhuday-Perkovich and Vernick hit all the right sister notes with hilarity and heart. Hopefully we have not heard the last of these two Naomis.”
— Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor author of One Crazy Summer
“This book won my heart with its laughter, love, and achingly-beautiful longing. Rhuday-Perkovich and Vernick are masters of All The Feels.”
— Tracey Baptiste, author of The Jumbies, a School Library Journal selection
“I could describe this book as suffused with empathy, intensely vulnerable, fall-out-of-your-chair funny, and much more, but instead I’ll just describe what it’s like to read it, which I can do with one word: joy. To read Two Naomis is to experience joy.”
— Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object
“This is a sweet, modern story about friendship, divorce, and blended families, told from alternating POVs by the two different authors.” The Most Exciting Middle Grade Reads of Fall 2016
“Score one for blended families where race and mean-girl attitudes are not the issues, and where humor, compassion, and a shared love for baked goods bring people together.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A gem of a novel about forging friendships and families, Two Naomis absolutely sparkles with humor and heart….Filled with good intentions and messy emotions, they show readers what it means to try and fail and forgive. I loved the Naomis so much!”
— Kate Messner, author of All the Answers and The Seventh Wish