Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence
From the Desk of Zoe Washington meets Ways to Make Sunshine in this heartfelt middle grade novel about a determined young girl who must rely on her ingenuity and scientific know-how to save her beloved cat.
Twelve-year-old Mira’s summer is looking pretty bleak. Her best friend Thomas just moved a billion and one miles away from Florida to Washington, DC. Her dad is job searching and he’s been super down lately. And her know-it-all nemesis who’s kept Mira in second place at the school science fair four years running keeps showing up too many times to count.
Things go from bleak to disastrous, when the vet confirms her diagnosis that her cat, Sir Fig Newton, has the “silent cat killer” diabetes. When Mira’s parents tell her they can’t afford his treatment, Mira insists she can earn the money needed within a month. Armed with ingenuity, determination, and one surprising ally, can Mira save her best four-legged friend before it’s too late?
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
Publication Date: March 22, 2022
"[Sonja] Thomas’ debut will pull at readers’ heartstrings. A noteworthy debut." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Sonja Thomas (she/her) writes stories for readers of all ages, often featuring brave, everyday girls doing extraordinary things. Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence is her debut middle grade novel. She's also a contributing author for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic. Raised in Central Florida and a Washington, DC transplant for eleven years, she’s now “keeping it weird” in the Pacific Northwest.
Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, BIPOC, STEM