Daphne Kalmar is a retired teacher who earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and landed a two-book deal with Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan). She lives in Hardwick with her husband, Georg, and dog, Yoyo. Daphne’s debut novel, A Stitch in Time, won starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist along with love from fellow authors such as Rita Williams-Garcia (Newbery Honor recipient, One Crazy Summer) and Kathi Appelt (Newbery Honor recipient, The Underneath). Her second novel, Stealing Mt. Rushmore, is being published in August, 2020.
In Stealing Mt. Rushmore, Daphne Kalmar brings to life the social and political upheaval of the 1970s, revealing the heart of a family on the verge of falling apart and the courage of a young girl who does all she can to bring them together.
She almost always made things worse. But at least she’d be standing there.
I hated her for stealing the money. But I want her back.
Nellie’s dad had planned on having four boys to name after the presidents on Mt. Rushmore. He got George, Nellie, Tom, and Teddy. No Abe.It’s the summer of 1974. Nellie’s turned thirteen. Her best friend, Maya, has a crush on a boy. President Nixon might get impeached. And her mom’s run off. The money for their family road trip to see Mt. Rushmore is missing and her dad’s crawled into bed and won’t get up.Nellie’s sure the trip out West will fix her family, and she’ll do almost anything to come up with the cash. But she begins to wonder why it’s always her, the girl, who’s stuck with the dishes and everything else. And how can a mom just up and leave with no note, no forwarding address, no nothing?
An orphan grapples with her unpleasant aunt and the even more unpleasant idea of moving to Boston in this poignant middle-grade debut that handles loss and renewal.
Donut is an eleven-year old geography buff who keeps her taxidermied mice hidden in her late mother’s hope chest. Her pops passed away, leaving her an orphan. Aunt Agnes has moved in, bringing along her lumpy oatmeal, knitting, and a plan to drag Donut off to Boston forever.
Donut stands to lose everything: her friends, her village, her home, the woods, and walks where the memories of her pops are stored up.
While Donut dodges the ache of missing her pops, she and her best friend Tiny plan how to keep her where she belongs.
A Stitch in Time is shot through with gorgeous, evocative language, and gets right to Donut’s heart.
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