Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • All the Impossible Things, Lindsay Lackey
    Roaring Brook Press, 9781250202864, September 3, 2019 (Middle Grade)

    All the Impossible Things touched my heart in the way that only truly fantastic middle-grade lit can. The struggles of a mother’s addiction and a daughter’s loyalty are tempered with love, friendship, and one cool tortoise. This is the perfect book.”

    -Liz Rice, The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL

    “As we sink in to All the Impossible Things, we find that Red has a secret that she is not ready to tell the world, but when her life goes out of control, she may not be able to hide it too much longer. She is off to yet another foster home and resigned to another bad experience, but what she finds instead is a cast of characters who hold her up and let her be who she is. The story is beautifully glazed (not frosted!) with magical realism that will keep you reading and wondering.”

    -Pam Moser, Pacific Island Books, Thornton, CO


    “It’s impossible not to love this story, which is full of heart and a touch of magical realism. Foster kid Ruby wants nothing more than for her mom to overcome her addiction and act like a real mother. After some time, she learns to trust the Grooves, her foster parents, and grows attached to the giant tortoise in their petting zoo. As Ruby struggles to cross off all the impossible things from a list she and her late grandmother made, she learns the true meaning of family. A beautiful, forceful book. Ruby will bowl you over.”

    -Jen Kraar, City of Asylum Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA

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