Aimee Lucido’s debut novel is Emmy in the Key of Code. In a new city, at a new school, twelve-year-old Emmy has never felt more out of tune. Things start to look up when she takes her first coding class, unexpectedly connecting with the material—and Abigail, a new friend—through a shared language: music. But when Emmy gets bad news about their computer teacher, and finds out Abigail isn’t being entirely honest about their friendship, she feels like her new life is screeching to a halt. Despite these obstacles, Emmy is determined to prove one thing: that, for the first time ever, she isn’t a wrong note, but a musician in the world’s most beautiful symphony.
Sofiya Pasternack’s Anya and the Dragon is the story of fantasy and mayhem in tenth century Eastern Europe, where headstrong eleven-year-old Anya is a daughter of the only Jewish family in her village. When her family’s livelihood is threatened by a bigoted magistrate, Anya is lured in by a friendly family of fools, who promise her money in exchange for helping them capture the last dragon in Kievan Rus. This seems easy enough, until she finds out that the scary old dragon isn’t as old—or as scary—as everyone thought. Now Anya is faced with a choice: save the dragon, or save her family.
Aimee Lucido is the author of EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE, and the upcoming RECIPE FOR DISASTER (Versify, Spring 2021). She’s a former software engineer, and she got her MFA in writing for children and young adults at Hamline University. She lives with her husband in San Francisco where she likes to bake, run marathons, and write crossword puzzles.
Sofiya Pasternack is a nurse whose fondest childhood memories involve her pet goats wrecking the house. When she’s not at the hospital, she can be found enjoying Utah’s wild places, teaching her kids to make challah, and writing whatever new story has taken up residence in her brain. She lives in Draper, Utah.
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