The Girl & the Grove
Flux, May 2018
"Delightful and surprising, The Girl and the Grove unfolds like a fragrant bloom, and makes you believe in magic again."- Cindy Pon, author of WANT and Serpentine
"Raw, emotionally honest and captivating, The Girl and the Grove is a heartfelt and brave exploration of female friendship, mental illness and the fraught yet rewarding quest to find a sense of belonging. Eric Smith has crafted a wondrous, rich and multilayered tale." - Aditi Khorana, author of The Library of Fates and Mirror in the Sky
"... a large-hearted, magical story about identity, belonging, and the real meaning of home and family." - Charlotte Huang, author of For the Record and Going Geek
"A richly imagined, one-of-a-kind story that showcases the beauty of nature and necessity of relationships. I loved it." - Lauren Gibaldi, author of The Night We Said Yes and This Tiny Perfect World
Teenager Leila's life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she's never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika.
And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.
But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park...