not as pretentious as the header image suggests, but just as awesome

*wild muppet flail* for Krista Van Dolzer

FINALFINAL_9780399167751_Soundoflife_CAT copyHuge congrats to Krista Van Dolzer, whose debut The Sound of Life and Everything just got a breathtaking Publishers Weekly review:

In a moving examination of racism in post-WWII California, a scientist promising to resurrect an American solider instead conjures a Japanese clone. Shunned by his creator and the desperate woman who thought she was getting back her son, Takuma Sato is taken in by 12-year-old Ella Mae Higbee and her mother, who recognize the man’s innocence. As Takuma’s self-proclaimed best friend, Ella Mae is a scrapper in the tradition of Harper Lee’s Scout, a tomboy unafraid of using her fists on a bully with an equally fierce compassion that looks beyond a man’s skin. Debut author Van Dolzer’s attentions are less on the story’s science fiction aspect than on the racial tensions at play, dividing family and pitting God against science, with the devout Mrs. Higbee standing up against religious leaders who turn Takuma away for his unnatural genesis. In revealing how Takuma’s DNA got mixed up with that of Ella Mae’s cousin, Van Dolzer creates a thoughtful study in forgiveness and hope blossoming in a climate of ignorance and fear. Ages 10–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (May)

If you haven’t already added this book to your TBR pile, you can add it on Goodreads, preorder from IndieBound, or hit up Amazon. And feel free to congratulate Krista on Twitter!