Greetings and salutations! I’m excited to share two new projects coming out in May. First up, on May 1st, is BOB! This book is a collaboration with the always-brilliant Rebecca Stead, author of such wonderful books as the Newbery winning When You Reach Me and Goodbye, Stranger. I think the easiest way to tell you about BOB is to let you read the letter that went out to booksellers along with the advanced copies of the book:
Life is about taking leaps. Sometimes we’re ready to jump. Sometimes we’re just pretending to be ready. Sometimes we don’t even pretend.
BOB was a leap we took together, quietly, secretly, eight years ago, in the midst of our not-so-secret responsibilities—raising kids, writing books under contract, moving house and moving house again, and all the rest of it.
Chapter one ends with ten-year-old Livy’s rediscovery of a friend—a small green creature in a handmade chicken suit who’s been not-so-patiently waiting in Livy’s grandmother’s closet for her to hurry up and open the door.
For five years.
But this Livy is not the Livy that Bob remembers. She’s not the confident five-year-old who made his chicken suit and taught him to walk in it so that they could explore her grandmother’s farm together, incognito. She’s not the girl who sang loudly and didn’t care whether her voice was “good,” who promised to help him find his way home and had no doubt that she could do it.
This new Livy has a lot of doubts. She’s not only forgotten Bob, she’s forgotten who she used to be. But she’s the only friend Bob has. And he is very ready to go home. And so they leap, together.
Writing Bob and Livy’s story was a comfort for us, a bright cozy place to return to as the chapters traveled back and forth. Thank you for allowing us to share our story with you.
Wendy and Rebecca
So that gives you a good idea of what the project is about. A true labor of love, indeed. We hope you enjoy it any way you like–book, ebook, audiobook, direct deposit via telepathic connection. Well, that last one isn’t a thing but should be. Please check out my website, and BobandLivy.com for more info, including a Book Club Guide, an Educator’s Guide, book trailers, reviews, and other fun stuff as it rolls in. As always you can order from Sparta Books and I’ll sign it and they’ll send it, or visit your favorite indie or local B&N.
ALSO….did you ever wonder how a book cover gets put together? Well, I have. And after 25 books, I finally got to pull back the curtain. So let’s go behind the scenes of the photo shoot for Robin Hood: The One who Looked Good in Green, which will be out May 29th. First, they glam up the lovely Maid Marian with subtle makeup and pin back her dress, then Robin Hood himself gets the vest on, vest off treatment.
Then I get to help choose which of all the poses should go on the cover from all these great choices!
I really had fun returning to the Twice upon a Time series, and if you think you know the legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, think again. Because in this one Robin lives on a spaceport and Marian on a futuristic Earth below. I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
Happy Spring, be kind to yourself and others.