Award-winning, bestselling author Sara Pennypacker is back with a hilarious absurdist tale about a precocious girl who transforms her community in surprising ways.
What are people for? That’s the burning question on the mind of Leeva Spayce Thornblossom.
Fame! says Leeva’s mom, the mayor of Nutsmore. Money! says her dad, the town treasurer.
Leeva isn’t convinced—she knows her parents are unreliable at best. So for the very first time, she pushes past the bounds of her yard to the world beyond to discover the answers on her own. There she meets Harry, an aspiring young actor yearning to study his craft; Pauline, the librarian sidelined from her job by a skateboarding accident; Osmund, a hazmat-suited boy who is afraid of everything; and Fern, a girl stuck in charge of countless younger siblings. With the help of these new friends, stacks of eye-opening books, and a badger named Bob, Leeva learns that people are good for more than she’d ever imagined!
But to her horror, she also learns that everyone thinks the Thornblossoms are good for nothing. Her parents have taken their power and used it to make the people of Nutsmore miserable. Leeva decides it’s up to her to right their wrongs and make Thornblossom a name to be proud of, no matter what it takes.…
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Balzer + Bray (March 7, 2023)
- ISBN-13: 978-0063114425