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Beth Hautala is author of Waiting For Unicorns, and The Ostrich And Other Lost Things. She lives with her husband and four children in northern Minnesota where she strives to write stories that tie heart and imagination together. 

 

 

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Jun122017

Cover Reveal!

The wait is finally over!
It's been over two years since my first book WAITING FOR UNICORNS released, and since then I've been working diligently to bring a brand new story to life. Today I am delighted to revel that story's official title, cover, description, and release date with you! 
Presenting . . . (drum roll please) . . . 

THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS 

 

Middle Grade Fiction
Coming February 20, 2018 

(From the publisher):
Eleven-year-old Olivia Grant has a knack for finding lost things. She can find lost rings, pets, and even her elderly neighbor's misplaced glasses. There's only one thing Olivia has never been able to find--her brother Jacob's toy ostrich. It wasn't until the day Jacob lost his ostrich that Olivia noticed how different he was: Jacob is autistic, and though she's his little sister, Olivia often feels like the older of the pair, his caretaker. And with her parents so heavily focused on maintaining status quo for Jacob, it's Olivia who has stagnated in his shadow--unable to explore new opportunities, or to be her own person. In fact, apart from being Jacob's sister, Olivia's not really sure who she is.


So when summer break begins, and the local community theater announces auditions for an all children's production of her favorite show, Peter Pan, Olivia jumps at the chance to claim something for herself. But what begins as a promising opportunity and a wonderful escape quickly becomes pure chaos. The visiting zoo with an odd assortment of animals--including an ostrich that causes even more trouble than Jacob's missing toy--only make matters worse, as Olivia's summer is shaping up to be just as consumed by Jacob's needs as the rest of her life has been. 

In time, and with the help of some unlikely alliances, Olivia must learn what it means to be separate from her brother and still love him, how to love herself in spite of her own flaws, and that not all lost things are meant to be found.

In this beautifully written novel, the bonds and challenges of caring for a sibling with autism are bravely explored, along with the pain and power that comes from self-discovery. 

 

This story is very dear to my heart. My team at Philomel/Penguin has been absolutely fantastic and I couldn't be happier about how this story has grown and developed. I am so excited to share it with all of you! 

Reader Comments (3)

Congratulations, Beth! This cover is amazing!! Love the title too and can't wait to read it. It sounds like a beautiful story centered around a topic that's relevant to so many. If it's half as good as WAITING FOR UNICORNS, I'm sure the world will love it. :) Heading over to Good Reads now to add it to my list!

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJackie Yeager

Congratulations, Beth. Can't wait to read the next book!

June 12, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermary aalgaard

Congratulations, Beth. We are bursting with pride and delighted in another dream come true.
Awesome cover...I'm glad they chose yellow!

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