Did you see the cover for WAITING FOR AUGUSTA?


A couple of years ago, my friend Jessica Lawson asked me to look at a story she was working on.  It was just a sketch, a few rough chapters, but it had the sort of voice that reached off the page and grabbed you.  I’m so pleased that Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers agreed with me, and now those chapters are a full book!

It’s called WAITING FOR AUGUSTA, and it’s something we can all relate to…whether we’re nine or ninety.  It’s the story of Ben, who is trying so hard to find a connection with his dead father — a connection they really struggled to maintain while his father was alive.

The full jacket and a giveaway are up on YABC. You should head there and check it out!

But I’ve got a shot of the darling cover and the synopsis here too!


Eleven-year-old Benjamin Putter has a lump in his throat, and he’s certain it’s a golf ball.

It sounds crazy, he knows. But everything’s been topsy-turvy since his father died last month.
Then one day something starts tugging at Ben, telling him to hurry to Augusta, Georgia—home of the most famous golf course in the world.
Ben might be going loony, but escaping Hilltop, Alabama sounds like a darn good idea. (And just maybe it will make that lump go away.) As he makes his way to Augusta, Ben partners up with a myserious runaway named Noni, and they embark on a journey with surprises—and possibly magic—at every turn.
So add it to your TBR shelves.  It’ll be out May 10, 2016.

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