Dad's Girlfriend and Other Anxieties
When her father takes her to Colorado to meet his girlfriend for the first time, 12-year-old Ava must come to grips with both her newly diagnosed anxiety disorder and her rapidly changing family. But she learns from the mountains that it's okay to want two opposite things at once, and that the bravest people are the ones who are scared but do what's right anyway.
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.
Publication Date: October 18, 2022
"Will feel relatable to many tweens, especially thoughtful readers in blended families and those struggling with anxiety."―Kirkus Reviews
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After living most of her life in Iowa, Kellye Crocker expected to die happy there. But when her spouse accepted a surprise job offer, they moved their newly empty nest to Denver, Colorado. Writing Dad’s Girlfriend and Other Anxieties was a fun way to explore her new home. Like her main character, Kellye lives with anxiety and is always up for belly breathing. She is a former newspaper reporter and freelance journalist who has written for Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, and Glamour. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Disability/ND (anxiety rep)