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Miles from Motown
Miles from Motown

Miles from Motown

9-12

JUVENILE FICTION

224 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781646030644

Rights: WOR

Regal House Publishing (Aug 2021)
Fitzroy Books

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Georgia Johnson is sure she can win the "Spirit of Detroit Poetry Contest," judged by her idol, Gwendolyn Brooks

Twelve-year-old Georgia Johnson is sure she can win the “Spirit of Detroit Poetry Contest,†judged by her idol, Gwendolyn Brooks. After moving from her beloved Detroit neighborhood to an unfamiliar suburb on the outskirts of the city, Georgia lies to prevent becoming disqualified from the contest (which is for Detroit residents only) by using her aunt Birdie’s address. With her older brother deployed to Vietnam, and her family worried about whenâ€â€or ifâ€â€he’ll make it home, Georgia tries to settle into her new life. But she misses the oldâ€â€her friend Ceci, the cracks in the sidewalk that used to catch her skates, the hide-and-seek tree, and the deli on the corner. She wonders if she’ll ever make new friends or feel like she belongs. To make matters worse, she must also find a way to intercept the contest finalist announcement that will be mailed to Aunt Birdie’s mailbox before her family uncovers her deception. During that summer, Georgia discovers her own resiliency in the face of upheaval and the power of truth when lies ring hollow.

Author Biography

Lisa Sukenic is a poet, author, and fourth-grade teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Her fiction and poetry appears in Everyday Haiku and two Off Campus Writers Workshop anthologies. Miles From Motown placed first in the 2016 SCBWI-IL Prairie Writers Day Manuscript Contest and was a finalist in Fitzroy Books’ 2019 Kraken Book Prize.