“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body’s realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity." - PW, starred review
We've had so many incredibly touching moments and exuberant responses to Deborah Underwood's INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA. It really seems to have hit a chord, especially on sites like A Mighty Girl and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Happily, people are really into subverting old messages about what girls can do and what they should expect!
You likely won't be surprised, then, when I tell you that a companion book is now underway! Melissa Manlove at Chronicle has scooped up READING BEAUTY and again brought in illustrator Meg Hunt. This time Sleeping Beauty's spindle and pricked finger are replaced by books and paper cuts, but Beauty and her faithful dog, Prince (who "truly loves everyone"), are determined to break the curse and bring books back to the kingdom again. READING BEAUTY will have a futuristic setting to match INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA. Melissa also signed a second book in this deal.