Welcome Zoe!

I am happy to announce the debut of my newest book, The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes To School, a very silly picture book with astounding illustrations by Ard Hoyt:

This is how my publisher describes it: "Mom and Dad Fleefenbacher think their daughter Zoe’s hair is wild and beautiful. And for her kindergarten teacher, Zoe’s vivacious tresses were a comfort. But Zoe’s about to start first grade, and her new teacher doesn’t fool around….
"School has rules," she says. "No wild hair in my class!"
So what are Zoe and her free-spirited hair going to do now?
With exuberance and humor to spare, Laurie Halse Anderson and Ard Hoyt, the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, tease up a terrific tale of hairy hijinks, classroom chaos, and the importance of teachers and students learning to work together."

Kirkus calls it "a well-coiffed winner"!

And here’s a quick review from Market Block Books in my Dad’s old stomping ground, Troy, NY.

I have been rather absent from the blogosphere of late. Has anyone else seen blog reviews for Zoe?

I’ll give you the background about the writing of the book next week. The publication process of this one is itself worthy of a book.

(Yes, it is something of a relief to be able to talk about a silly picture book.)

15 Replies to “Welcome Zoe!”

  1. Aw, I’m excited!!
    I work at two libraries, and I can’t wait for us to get that book! I’m going to keep my eyes peeled over the next couple weeks 🙂

  2. Ahhh, finally a book about my elementary years. Zoe is me, I was tiny with lots of hair.

    I can’t wait to get the book and share it with my little niece. I looove picture books (it’s the artist in me or the child, I’m not sure which. LoL!!!!!!)

  3. That sounds so great … can’t wait to read it! And I love the cover illustration. Congratulations!

    🙂 Sarah

  4. i might pick up this book for my sister, she had the longest, wildest thickest hair when she was that age, it drove everyone crazy….we all had to take turns helping her manage it!

  5. Congrats on the book – looking forward to hearing more about it.

    What was your father doing in Troy? Was it part of his ministry? I was there in the late 80’s at RPI.

  6. My Dad was born in Troy and lived there until he was 12. That was a while ago.

    Many heartfelt thanks for your kind message about the lighthouse, by the way. I am sorry that your email address got lost in the shuffle, but that gesture means a great deal to my family.

  7. It sounds adorable! The picture’s cute, wish I had that hair.
    I’m a teenage girl from PA and read Speak in 7th grade. I read it several more times, and I read it slowly through 9th grade, matching up the dates, and read the last page on the last day. Sorry if I’m babbling, it’s just that your book has made such a mark in my life.

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