Happily for Now

written by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
May 4, 2021 Knopf Books for Young Readers

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Fiona may have problems, but she’s no damsel in distress. She’d rather be the one wielding the wand in the story: she wants to be the fairy godperson. So when her mom sends her off to stay with relatives in a place called Cold Hope for the summer, Fiona decides it’s time to start training for the role. 

And wow, do these people need help! Aunt Becky’s bakery is failing, Great-uncle Timothy draws but never speaks, and Great-Aunt Alta is the gloomiest, doomiest woman she’s ever met. 

Look out, Cold Hope, Fiona is going to shake things up! 

But helping people in the real world isn’t as easy as it sounds in fairy tales. Change is messy. Advice can backfire. What if she’s actually making things worse? What if Fiona is the one feeling shaken?!

Still, with practice (and some deep breaths), Fiona will discover that sometimes messy is okay. Sometimes things do get worse before they get better. And sometimes trying to help fix other people’s problems can show you a way to work on your own…

Excited to hear more? Come join me and fellow middle grade writer (and friend!) Jennifer Adam for a conversation about our new middle grade books on Thursday, May 13th, 2021, hosted by the Edmonds Bookshop!

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