Cover Reveal: Wings to Soar

Hello from Nashville! I'm honored to host Tina Athaide and London Ladd today. They stopped by to finish my sentences. We discussed Wings to Soar's cover, Viva, poetry, resilience, and more. I wrote the words in purple, London wrote the words in black, and Tina wrote the words in green. Thank you, London and Tina! 

Wings to Soar's cover is filled with texture and dimension to show the complexity and beauty of Viva.

Tina Athaide's manuscript for Wings to Soar is a beautifully written story of a child's hope during a family's turbulent time.

Poetry provokes an emotional reaction and personal experience, nourishing the mind with vivid imagery that feeds the senses.

Wings to Soar tells the story of ten-year old Viva, who along with her mum and sister, find themselves in a resettlement camp in the UK, having fled Uganda after Idi Amin expelled Asian Indians. But Britain is not what Viva imagined. The air is thick with anti-immigration sentiment, where whispers of anger and intolerance echo in every corner.

Viva fights to hold onto hope channeling her inner Supreness with a little help from music by Diana Ross. But when Viva’s father, who was supposed to join them in the UK, fails to show up, Viva’s hope starts slipping.

In the midst of this tumultuous backdrop, Viva discovers that hope can be found in the most unexpected places. Local volunteers, a police officer guarding the camp, and an American Airman extend acts of kindness that become a beacon for Viva in her darkest moments.

This story is a heartwarming tale of resilience, friendship, and the transformative power of kindness. It serves as a reminder that even in the midst of adversity, love and hope can triumph.

London Ladd’s illustrations awaken an emotional response with their vivid realism and expressive details. When I learned that London had agreed to design the cover for Wings to Soar, I was thrilled to bits. Now that I’ve seen this brilliant cover, I cannot imagine another artist capturing the heart of Viva and mood of this book as well as has done. His skillful use of color, composition, and cultural context enhances the mood and creates a powerful visual experience for readers.

Poetry is a powerful literary form that can connect young readers to the hearts of characters by providing a unique and intimate glimpse into their thoughts and emotions. The condensed and poetic language of verse makes it easier for young readers to empathize with the character's experiences, struggles, and joys.

As a teacher that has worked with struggling readers, I wanted a story form that would make it accessible to a wide range of readers. I’ve seen first hand how shorter lines and the rhythm of the verses can be less intimidating to my students.

Wings to Soar releases on July 23, 2024. Pre-order a copy today. 


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