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Christy Ottaviano Books-Little Brown and Hachette
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5.9 X 8.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Karen S. Chow is an engineer and lives with her family in Gilbert, Arizona. Miracle marks her writing debut. She invites you to visit her at kchowrites.com.

"Bolstered by an undercurrent of hope, Chow's unflinchingly raw debut explores the fraught relationship between a grieving daughter and mother during a father's decline and death from cancer.... Portraying variations on grief experiences amid a community slowly adjusting after a shared loss, Chow honors the tween protagonist's complexities and priorities as explored via Amie's candid voice. Auditory imagery, Harry Potter references, and nods to the Chinese American family's cultural expression ground the narrative, while chapter epigraphs define music theory metaphors."--Publishers Weekly

"This lyrical narrative weaves in musical elements to effectively describe the complexity of Amie's grief and its effects on her love for music...fans of When You Trap a Tiger will find this poignant middle grade novel valuable."

"A beautifully written debut about family, friendship, and life after loss. Any reader who's lost a loved one will be able to relate to and find comfort in Amie's story. Miracle will be a miracle for the readers who need it."--Dusti Bowling, award-winning, bestselling author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and The Canyon's Edge
"Told in lyrical, heartfelt prose, Miracle weaves a symphony of loss and healing that's certain to tug at your heartstrings."--Cindy Baldwin, author of Where the Watermelons Grow
"Genuine, sincere, authentic--this book is a gift to readers. It is a story about life and loss and--most of all--hope."--Mary E. Lambert, author of Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes
"Will have readers appreciating the miracle of love, grief, and learning to live again."--Amanda Rawson Hill, author of The Hope of Elephants
"Grief is part of life, but difficult to pin down in writing. Chow adeptly accomplishes that, in addition to presenting the tumult of puberty, a recipe for explosive emotions. Along with encapsulating loss, this work is at its best when discussing music: the emotional response, the dedication to practice, the euphoria when a piece clicks. Each chapter begins with a musical term and definition, a neat and informative ­Easter egg. Perfect for middle school music nerds, especially those undergoing personal turmoil."--School Library Journal
Praise for Miracle:
A CCBC Best Book of the Year

"A moving, musical interlude on grief, Chow's debut novel wraps readers in the moments Amie shares with her ba-ba, who has cancer.... Well-paced and serious without being overly heavy, Chow's debut is a great pick for anyone with a love of music or with a cloud of grief lingering over them. Hand to fans of Lynne Kelly, Christine Day, and Paul Acampora."--Booklist