Today I’m sending a huge happy book birthday to my writer friend and business partner Lisa Bullard, whose first novel comes out today!
I just read Turn Left at the Cow in its official version–the last time I read it, it was being submitted to various publishers. It’s even better the second time around! Lisa’s published many wonderful picture books, but this is her first middle grade novel. It’s been picked for the Junior Library Guild, which is super exciting. I hope that means it will find its way into lots of readers’ hands, including yours!?
My Goodreads review: The heart, humor, and mytery of this book make it hard to put down! Trav is sick of home in California with his mom and new stepdad, so he takes off to rural Minnesota to visit his grandma–mother of the father Trav never knew. There he discovers that his dad was a bank robber, and the whole town suspects Trav knows something about it (like where the still-missing cash might be). In the process of trying to find out the dangerous truth about his dad’s disappearance, snarky-smart-vulnerable Trav learns some other valuable truths, too. (And he gets to experience some of the funny quirks of small-town midwestern life, like chicken plop bingo and butter heads.) A terrific middle-grade novel–with extra appeal for boy readers, mystery lovers, and people looking for a smart read with danger and heart.