Tuesday, May 5, 2015


After more than two years of working, waiting, and worrying, THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING makes its debut today. It's kind of a surreal feeling, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. I thought I'd feel more nervous or excited or something, but I don't think my brain's caught up with the idea that it's finished, that it's out in the world, that one of you might be reading it right now.


"Twelve-year-old Ella Mae Higbee is a sensible girl. She eats her vegetables and wants to be just like Sergeant Friday, her favorite character on Dragnet. So when her auntie Mildred starts spouting nonsense about a scientist who can bring her cousin Robby back to life, Ella Mae doesn’t believe her--until a boy steps out of the scientist’s pod and drips slime on the floor right before her eyes.

"But the boy is not Robby--he’s Japanese. And in California in the wake of World War II, the Japanese are still feared and mistreated. When Auntie Mildred refuses to take responsibility, Ella Mae convinces her mama to take the boy home with them. It’s clear that he’ll be kept like a prisoner in that lab, and she wants to help.

"Determined to do what’s right by her new friend, Ella Mae teaches him English and defends him from the reverend’s talk of H-E-double-toothpicks. But when the boy’s painful memories resurface, Ella Mae learns some surprising truths about her own family and, more importantly, what it means to love."

To learn more about the book and how I went about writing it, check out my interviews over at Literary Rambles (includes an international hardcover giveaway!), Butterflies of the Imagination, and That Artsy Reader Girl (also includes an international hardcover giveaway!). And here are a few snippets from what other folks are saying about THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING:

"Brimming with empathy, humor, forgiveness, and wisdom
about what it means to be truly, fully human"
--Tricia Springstubb, author of MOONPENNY ISLAND

"Ella Mae is a scrapper in the tradition of Harper Lee’s Scout"
--Publishers Weekly

"A remarkable effort that explores stereotypes, family, and friendships that transcend the 1950s"

"Perfect for classrooms and book clubs, as it definitely offers a lot of material for discussion"

"Recommended to fans of historical fiction who enjoy a mix of history and ethics"
--School Library Journal

I'll be hosting several giveaways over the next couple of months, but if you don't want to wait, feel free to buy yourself a copy (or request it at your local library!):

Thank you for sharing this amazing day with me!


Karen lee Hallam said...

Congratulations, Krista!! Cannot wait to read your book(s)! :)

JeffO said...

Congratulations, Krista! I wish you the best!

Dana Edwards said...

Congratulations, Krista! You are such a kind and generous supporter of writers. I wish you and your book all the best!

Maria said...

It is downloaded and ready to read! Congrats!

A.J. Cattapan said...

Congratulations, Krista! :)

Rebecca Gomez said...

I just started reading it yesterday! (the ARC I won in that drawing)

Happy Book Birthday, Krista!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks, Karen. I hope you like them!

I appreciate the well wishes, JeffO!

Aw, thank you, Dana. I look forward to reading one of your books someday.

Woohoo, Maria!

Right back at you, A.J!

Eek! *bites nails* I hope you like it, Rebecca.

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

A day late, but happy book birthday, Krista!

I'm so thrilled for you!

Kim Beck said...

Congratulations! It sounds like a story my daughters and I will love to read. Best wishes!

Vicki Tremper said...

Wow, Krista, this sounds amazing! Best of luck and congrats!

Krista Van Dolzer said...

It's never too late to say something nice, Kayeleen:) Thank you for your well wishes!

Thanks, Kim! I hope you and your daughters enjoy.

Aw, thanks, Vicki. What a kind comment.

Ariadne Lukas said...

Congratulations on your debut! The story sounds like an amazing mix of sci-fi and real-life insights.

Krista Van Dolzer said...

Thanks, Ariadne!