Dear friends,

I had the honor to design the cover of a special novel for young readers called The Water and the Wild  (Chronicle Books). This book was written by super talented K. E. Ormsbee and I loved reading it. Ormsbee currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She lived in lots of equally fascinating cities before then, from Austin to Birmingham to London to Seville. She grew up with a secret garden in her backyard and a spaceship in her basement. This is her first book and I’m sure that many more will follow. She has an amazing imagination.

elsa mora book cover

Alison Decamp left this review over at Good Reads : “This book is richly imagined with such compelling characters and high stakes. I’m in awe of the author’s storytelling and look forward to more!”

Here is a general description:

“For as long as Lottie Fiske can remember, the only people who seem to care about her have been her best friend, Eliot, and the mysterious letter-writer who sends her birthday gifts. But now strange things and people are arriving on the island Lottie calls home, and Eliot’s getting sicker, with a disease the doctors have given up trying to cure. Lottie is helpless, useless, powerless.

And then a door opens in the apple tree. Follow Lottie down through the apple roots to another world—a world of magic both treacherous and beautiful—in pursuit of the impossible: a cure for the incurable, a use for the useless, and protection against the pain of loss.”

To pre-order the book you can click here. I hope that many young readers and young-at-heart ones enjoy this fantastic novel.

Happy Tuesday!


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