For Young Adults! Juliet Bell
reads from her novel Kepler's Dream (Putnam, $16.99).
A young girl makes her fractured family whole again with the help of a very special book.
When eleven-year-old Ella's mother is hospitalized to undergo a dangerous cancer treatment, Ella spends the summer at "Broken Family Camp" with her eccentric grandmother, whom she's never met. The situation is hardly ideal for either of them. Ella is scared her mother may die, but her grandmother seems to care more about her library than she does about her very own granddaughter.
But when a rare and beloved book, Kepler's Dream of the Moon, is stolen from her grandmother's amazing library, Ella and her new friend Rosie make up their minds to find it. Finding the beautiful book her grandmother loves so much could even be the key to healing Ella's broken family.
An affecting and beautifully written story of family, forgiveness and the wonder of the stars, Kepler's Dream is a sparkling and memorable debut.
Juliet Bell loves riding, the night sky, and stories in all shapes and sizes. This is her first book. As family and friends will tell you, she has a close personal connection to the adult novelist Sylvia Brownrigg, whose work has been on the NY Times Notable List, but her children especially hope Juliet will write more stories for young people. She lives in Berkeley with her husband Sedge Thomson and their children.