Hello, Tracy Holczer! I’m so happy you’ve returned to Watch. Connect. Read. to celebrate Everything Else in the Universe. What are three things we should know about Lucia Mercedes Evangeline Rossi?
Tracy: Lucia Mercedes Evangeline Rossi is most definitely not a superstitious person.
She is a practical person, an orderly person, a thinker of thoughts, just like her father.
Right up until she meets Milo and his dragonflies.
What planted the seed for Everything Else in the Universe?
Tracy: I come from a very large, very loving Italian family. I also grew up with a disabled father, both mentally and physically. I threw all that into the pot and Lucy popped out.
What is the best thing about writing middle-grade fiction?
Tracy: Oh, boy. It's very personal for me. Each book is a communication with my younger self. A healing. I take the circumstances I lived through and turn them around to give myself a better ending. It's this hope and healing I most love sharing with my readers.
Please finish these sentence starters:
Story is a labyrinth, a kaleidoscope, a journey into your deepest self, and a way back out again.
Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what it was like growing up in an Italian family! Now, you'll have to read the book to find out. Safe to say there were lots of meatballs, camping trips and family parties. Not to mention shouting, terrible jokes and learning how to play a good game of Thirty One. Everything Else in the Universe is an ode to my loving family, and I hope readers enjoy!
Check out all the stops on the Everything Else in the Universe blog tour:
Teach Mentor Texts - June 20th
Caroline Starr Rose - June 22nd