DREAM ON, AMBER by Emma Shevah is an authentic, humorous story for middle grade readers.
Entering middle school is tough enough for most children, but Amber is a half-Japanese and half-Italian with an absent father making life even more difficult. When her younger sister begins writing letters to their father asking for him to attend her birthday party, Amber decides to answer the letters. Subplots related to art, puppy love, and earning money bring the story to life.
Filled with cute doodles and other illustrations, librarians will find this poignant novel to be popular with young readers. The combination of humor and typical middle school problems will appeal to many readers. Themes related to an absent father and multicultural identity with resonate with many readers.
To learn more about the author, go to http://emmashevah.com/.
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on October 6, 2015.