Puffin Books Parked Puffin Books Parked
Puffin Books Parked Puffin Books Parked

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

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Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 9

For fans of Rebecca Stead and Joan Bauer comes a poignant, funny, and uplifting debut about family, friendship, and how and when to offer help.

“A big-hearted novel with characters I wish were my friends in real life.”—Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone at Alcatraz series

Jeanne Ann is smart, stubborn, living in an orange van, and determined to find a permanent address before the start of seventh grade. Cal is tall, sensitive, living in a humongous house across the street, and determined to save her. Jeanne Ann is roughly as enthusiastic about his help as she is about living in a van.

As the two form a tentative friendship that grows deeper over alternating chapters, they’re buoyed by a cast of complex, oddball characters who let them down, lift them up, and leave you cheering. Debut novelist Danielle Svetcov shines a light on a big problem without a ready answer, pulling it off with just the right balance of humor, heartbreak, and hope.

Story Locale: San Francisco, CA

About the Author

An impatient chef once told author Danielle Svetcov, “You talk too much, you move too slow!” when she was peeling onions in his restaurant kitchen. He was right. So she doubled down on writing, which rewards thinking (and talking) and going slow. Danielle wrote for The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, and others before becoming a literary agent and, now, an author. With her debut novel Parked, she writes her way back to her first loves—food and friendship. You can find Danielle across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco with her salami-loving family.

Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

Author Hometown: Marin County, CA

Format: Paperback

Length: 400 pages

Publisher: Puffin Books

ISBN: 9780399539022

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