I'm so happy this day is finally here.
When Kati Gardner pitched me her novel, I inhaled it immediately. After I turned off my iPad and stopped crying, I was moved to take on Kati as an author and represent her work not just because her novel was a stirring contemporary read, but because I think it's important for someone like Kati to be able to tell a story like this one.
Kati's debut, BRAVE ENOUGH, is about a teen ballerina who loses a leg to cancer... and Kati herself is an amputee and a cancer survivor. The world is full of books with characters living with disabilities and disease, written by people who have never experienced the truth of their fiction.
That needs to change.
Kati's done sensitivity reading for a number of writers over the past year or so, and at now she gets to tell her own story.
I'm thrilled to say that BRAVE ENOUGH will be published by Flux in the Spring of 2018.
In BRAVE ENOUGH, readers meet Cason, a ballerina pushing herself to the limit, with the opportunity of a lifetime on the line... a scholarship and the chance to join one of the most prestigious ballet troupes in the country. And then there's Davis, a recovering drug addict, volunteering in his old oncology unit, with the same people who saved him from the cancer that drove him to drugs three years ago.
The two of them collide when Cason is hospitalized, setting them on a path of physical and emotional recovery, as they navigate their new relationship and get ready to attend cancer camp together.
It reads like a mashup of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, Bunheads by Sophie Flack, Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and I can't wait for you to read it.
Here's the blip from Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf:
Kati, I'm so proud of you and everything you've accomplished. It has been such an honor getting this book out there, and I can't wait for whatever you do next.