Oliver and Shirley Tark were about eight years old one summer, and the family had come back from seeing a movie. Their father sent Oliver out to get some bread. Shirley was playing outside with her jump rope, and the parents were discussing a dangerous topic they never talked about in front of the children. But then something happened, something that changed the course of all their lives. Something big, something that could never be fixed. Oliver and Shirley's journey is a unique one. It captures the importance of family and it will surely take readers on a thrilling ride full of sadness, memories, adventure, and joy.
About the Author
Sophia Nesamoney, a 7th grader, wrote and published her novel through a program called Society of Young Inklings. In this six-month publishing mentorship, young writers are paired with a professional writer to revise a full draft of a 80-200 page manuscript into publishable form. After this, the student works with Society of Young Inklings staff through final copy-editing, layout and publication. The program aims to inspire young writers to challenge themselves to take creative risks, to push past their current writing skills in a number of areas, and to expose young writers to the editorial and publishing process.