An Appetite for Miracles

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$18.99  $17.66
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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5.9 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Laekan Zea Kemp is the Pura Belpré Honor author of Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet and other young adult novels, as well as a middle grade series and picture books. Her work celebrates Chicane grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health. She lives in Austin, Texas. Laekan invites you to visit her at or follow her on social media @LaekanZeaKemp.
"This is an earnest, stirring novel about staying open to hope and love despite the tremendous potential for, and certainty of, loss. Emotionally resonant and deeply moving."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"By employing layered characterizations and dual perspectives rendered in lyrical prose, Kemp skillfully examines themes of anti-fat bias, generational trauma, and the prison-industrial complex, while simultaneously cultivating a tender love story."
--Publishers Weekly
"As always, Kemp writes authentic, visceral characters. Though the novel is tinged with hints of loss, there is at its very core an undeniable joy."--Booklist
"Kemp employs striking food metaphors and similes to create a warm image of young love as well as a poignant perspective on the experience of caring for a loved one with dementia.... Fans of Acevedo's The Poet X will appreciate this novel's similar style and themes, which also touch on religion, body image, and Latine identity."--Horn Book