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Carlie Sorosiak writes books about magical summer camps, missing people, and the inner life of dogs. She grew up in North Carolina and has an American dingo (Google it!) who is her writing companion (but she doesn’t let her type on the keyboard!). By day, she’s a creative writing professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.
October 2021 Book of the Month | Can a wombat offer us life lessons on kindness? Can we possibly learn bravery from the meekest of hedgehogs? The answers to these questions and many others can be found in the pages of this remarkable, beautifully-illustrated book, as we look to the natural world to show us humans the way. Roar Like a Lion is full of advice from the animal kingdom, from the plucky platypus to the welcoming wombat, the perceptive pigeon to the cheerful chimpanzee. Carlie’s writing is effortlessly engaging and inspiring, and Katie’s stylish colour illustrations complete a stunning package that can make a real difference in children’s lives. Roar Like a Lion sparkles with wit, wisdom and warmth.
Leonard looks like a cat, sounds like a cat and – in lots of ways – behaves like a cat. But Leonard is an alien, an alien who has arrived in the wrong body for a trip to Earth – he was meant to be a Yellowstone Park ranger - and needs to get home. Fortunately, he’s adopted by just about the only human on our planet who can save him. Olive is a young girl, also far from home and lonely. The two form a special friendship and, with the help of two amiable if eccentric grown-ups, embark on an amazing journey of adventure and discovery. Leonard might not get to tick off all the human activities on his to do list – one of which is the ‘preparation and consumption of a cheese sandwich’ – but he and Olive learn the most important things there are to being human, to being alive. It’s a story filled with wonder, but truths too, is often funny, sometimes tense, always enjoyable and has important things to say about home and where we can find it. Readers who love Leonard – and lots will – should also read Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s alien adventure Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth.
In the summer we all fell in love By the winter we had fallen apart For Quinn and her sister, Fern, and brother, Reed, summer means working as counselors at their family's summer camp: months of bonfires, bunks, and friendships made and broken. But last summer was different. Last summer they all fell in love with the same boy - Dylan, their best friend since forever, suddenly seen through new eyes. Six months later and everything has changed. The summer camp is empty and covered in snow, and Quinn, Fern and Reed aren't speaking to each other anymore. Something happened that summer that tore them apart, and their memories won't let them forgive. Wild Blue Wonder is the gorgeous, achingly beautiful novel from Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back.
June 2017 Debut of the Month | Captivating and compassionate debut in which two endearingly quirky teenagers find love - and themselves - through their search for missing family members. Since the disappearance of her sister, aspiring filmmaker Linny has been “living in black and white”, and become obsessed with disappearances more generally, including that of cult Cuban novelist and filmmaker, Alvaro Herrera. After going missing three years ago, Alvero has resurfaced in a Miami nursing home, and so Linny volunteers there, hoping that figuring out the reason for his disappearance will help her work out if her sister will ever return. Aspiring astrophysicist Sebastian is searching for someone too, for the father who abandoned him, and he wants answers. But, as he and Linny get to know Alvero, time might be running out. Linny and Sebastian’s relationship is evoked with heart and humour, in all its wonder and adorable awkwardness, and the motif of feeling trapped, like a tethered bird that’s unable to fly, is nicely interwoven. There are plenty of pulse-quickening twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages, along with a whole lot of uplifting warmth.