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Meet J.H. Diehl

J.H. Diehl writes for readers of all ages. TINY INFINITIES, her debut middle grade novel, is Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2018. Her other work includes the picture books LOON CHASE and THREE LITTLE BEAVERS, leveled readers for educational publishers, and short fiction in journals and anthologies. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at the University of Iowa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Montgomery College and in high schools and elementary schools. Her work received a Maryland Individual Artist Award and a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. An early version of TINY INFINITIES was a finalist for an SCBWI Grant for a Contemporary Novel.


About the Book-

When Alice's dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family's old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an attempt to keep at least one part of her summer from changing, Alice focuses on her quest to swim freestyle fast enough to get on her swim team's record board. But summers contain multitudes, and soon Alice meets an odd new friend, Harriet, whose obsession with the school's science fair is equal only to her conviction that Alice's best stroke is backstroke, not freestyle. Most unexpected of all is an unusual babysitting charge, Piper, who is mute—until Alice hears her speak. A funny and honest middle-grade novel, this sharply observed depiction of family, friendship, and Alice's determination to prove herself—as a babysitter, as a friend, as a daughter, as a person—rings loud and true.

Published by Chronicle Books and perfect for ages 10 and up!

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