From two-time Caldecott winner
Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, comes a poignant story of one hamster's struggle with destiny. Being a
pet store hamster isn't much fun for Sweetie Pie, but life in human
homes proves downright perilous. As Sweetie Pie longingly gazes out of
his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he'll
ever have the chance to feel the wind in his fur. Allsburg's expressive,
soft-hued illustrations artfully capture a hamster's-eye view of the
wide and wonderful world where maybe, just maybe, Sweetie Pie could
someday run free.
*Chris Van Allsburg will also join us on Thacker Mountain Radio at 6 p.m.
Her risky and often surreal encounters with the people and wildlife of New Zealand propel Elyria deeper into her deteriorating mind. Haunted by her sister’s death and consumed by an inner violence, her growing rage remains so expertly concealed that those who meet her sense nothing unwell. This discord between her inner and outer reality leads her to another obsession: If her truest self is invisible and unknowable to others, is she even alive?
The risks Elyria takes on her journey are paralleled by the risks Catherine Lacey takes on the page. In urgent, spiraling prose she whittles away at the rage within Elyria and exposes the very real, very knowable anxiety of the human condition. And yet somehow Lacey manages to poke fun at her unrelenting self-consciousness, her high-stakes search for the dark heart of the self. In the spirit of Haruki Murakami and Amelia Gray, Nobody Is Ever Missing is full of mordant humor and uncanny insights, as Elyria waffles between obsession and numbness in the face of love, loss, danger, and self-knowledge.