Farmer’s Daughter Press is proud to announce they’ll be releasing My Mom, MS, and a Sixth-Grade Mess by Stacey Longo in mid-January. The book tells the tale of Patrick Holder, who first appeared in the children’s book My Mom Has MS (2015, Farmer’s Daughter Press), now in middle school. Patrick has problems: he has an English project due and he hasn’t read the book yet; he and his best friend like the same girl; he suspects he might have a unibrow. Oh yeah—and his mom has multiple sclerosis.
The book’s cover art and interior images were also illustrated by Longo, and the subject matter is personal. “My friend Renee was diagnosed with MS in 2008, and the way she and her family rallied to make the best of her situation was amazing.” The protagonist of the books—Patrick Holder—is based on Renee’s youngest son, and many members of her family make appearances in the latest book.
Written to help kids deal with their parent’s MS diagnosis, a portion of every sale of this book is donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Norwich resident Terry George will make her debut as a children’s book author with Sasha & Jake, released October 4 from Farmer’s Daughter Press.
George, a former resident of Willimantic, wrote and illustrated the book. Her artwork and writing has been included in the Ledyard, Connecticut Bill Library’s Exquisite Project as well as in themed art shows at the Gallery at the Wauregan in Norwich. Two of her short stories, written under the pen name Ryanne Strong, have been published in the anthology Tricks and Treats: a Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors. When she’s not writing, Terry sculpts home décor and jewelry from polymer clay for her company, Cinnamon Bunny.
Sasha & Jake is the tale of Sasha, an Arctic fox befriended by a polar bear named Jake. The other animals of the tundra are afraid of Jake, simply because he has sharp claws and big teeth. Sasha must decide for herself if Jake’s appearance as a scary bear or his kindness and generosity are what’s most important. “We jumped at the chance to publish this book,” said Farmer’s Daughter Press editor Stacey Harris. “The story is charming, the illustrations are adorable, and in the end, it sends a positive message to kids to not judge others by their appearance.”
Sasha & Jake is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and select retail outlets. You can purchase the paperback here and the e-book here.
Reviewers may receive a copy by contacting Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmer’s Daughter Press, our children’s book imprint of Books & Boos Press, is pleased to announce that we will be releasing Sasha & Jake, written and illustrated by Terry George, later this year.
Sasha & Jake is a fun, quirky tale about the unlikely friendship between an arctic fox and a polar bear. “We’re so lucky to have Terry on board,” said managing editor Stacey Harris. “The story she wrote is both engaging and enjoyable, and holds an important lesson within the words. And her illustrations are adorable and funny. This is going to be a great book for kids.”
Terry has established herself as a Connecticut artist, being featured in the Ledyard Bill Library’s Exquisite Project this year. She sells some of her polymer clay creations on Amazon under her company name, Cinnamon Bunny. She is also an aspiring writer, and will have two short stories written under her pseudonym Ryann Strong in Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors, due out this fall.
Sasha & Jake is scheduled to be published in late 2016.