Tuesday is gone and Thursday hasn’t arrived, so that must mean it’s time for Can’t-Wait Wednesday. This week I’ve been on a bit of a middle grade fiction kick—the grand marketing niche that boils down to books focused on young characters and their issues. And I think I’ve found a new story solid for any age.
Today I’m waiting for…
One of the things I love about middle grade fiction books is, while they tend to be shorter in terms of length, they pack plenty of action and heart into every single word.
Seeing the blurb for Tziporah Cohen’s No Vacancy, I know it manages all of that and more. Plus, it seemingly has that collision of worlds and sense of community that I’m always on the lookout for in fiction.
Add in a motel backdrop and grape pies?
I can’t wait.
From the publisher:
Buying and moving into the run-down Jewel Motor Inn in upstate New York wasn’t eleven-year-old Miriam Brockman’s dream, but at least it’s an adventure. Miriam befriends Kate, whose grandmother owns the diner next door, and finds comfort in the company of Maria, the motel’s housekeeper, and her Uncle Mordy, who comes to help out for the summer. She spends her free time helping Kate’s grandmother make her famous grape pies and begins to face her fears by taking swimming lessons in the motel’s pool.
But when it becomes clear that only a miracle is going to save the Jewel from bankruptcy, Jewish Miriam and Catholic Kate decide to create their own. Otherwise, the No Vacancy sign will come down for good, and Miriam will lose the life she’s worked so hard to build.
Title: No Vacancy
Author: Tziporah Cohen
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Expected Publication: September 01, 2020
Classification: Middle Grade
Note: Can’t Wait Wednesday is a feature hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.