My wonderful editor Sarah Harvey, at Orca Book Publishers, has just called to say they’ve accepted the juvenile fiction manuscript that I was working on this year! It’ll be coming out in Spring 2011. Out of the Box is about thirteen-year-old Ellie who’d rather listen to tango music than go shopping and who can hardly wait to spend a summer rummaging through a basement full of treasures with her eccentric aunt, Jeanette. An unusual instrument with mysterious past and a surprising truth about her own family are about to change forever the way she sees herself and her future. I loved working with Orca on After Peaches, and I can hardly wait to get at revisions for this next novel!