The Sound of Life and Everything (Hardcover)
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399167751, 272pp.
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
A fascinating speculative historical fiction debut set in 1950s California--perfect for fans of When You Reach Me. Twelve-year-old Ella Mae Higbee is a sensible girl. She eats her vegetables and wants to be just like Sergeant Friday, her favorite character on Dragnet. So when her auntie Mildred starts spouting nonsense about a scientist who can bring her cousin back to life from blood on his dog tags, Ella Mae is skeptical--until he steps out of a bio-pod right before her eyes. But the boy is not her cousin--he's Japanese. And in California in the wake of World War II, the Japanese are still feared and despised. When her aunt refuses to take responsibility, Ella Mae and her Mama take him home instead. Determined to do what's right by her new friend, Ella Mae teaches Takuma English and defends him from the reverend's talk of H-E-double-toothpicks. But when his memories start to resurface, Ella Mae learns some shocking truths about her own family and more importantly, what it means to love.
About the Author
Krista Van Dolzer (motherwrite.blogspot.com) is a stay-at-home mom by day and a children's author by naptime. She holds degrees in Mathematics Education and Economics from Brigham Young University. She enjoys watching college football and researching her ancestors. This is her first book. Krista lives with her husband and three kids in Mesquite, Nevada. Follow her on Twitter: @kristavandolzer