Holiday House, October 2023
Sweetness All Around
Almost-eleven-year-old Josephine is not pleased to be moving into the Happy World trailer park over the summer of 1974. She misses her beautiful bedroom with ballerinas on the wall and her pretty, well-dressed friends. Happy World isn’t happy. It’s dingy and depressing! Nothing like the world that headstrong Josephine wants for herself.
But when Josephine learns that her would-be next door neighbor in Happy World was kidnapped months ago, she develops a begrudging interest in her new home. A kidnapping is exciting—and all signs point to Josephine being meant to find ten-year-old Molly.
Despite her efforts to stay detached, Josephine investigates Molly’s disappearance with help from the eccentric cast of characters living in Happy World. It turns out the rough edges of her community are softer and sweeter than they first seemed. And the unexpected friendships she forms might be more precious than anything she's ever owned.
In this extraordinary middle grade novel, Suzanne Supplee brings a small Tennessee town and its memorable residents to life. Perfect for daydreamers and unstoppable imaginations. Hand this beautiful, bursting-with-heart read to fans of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale series..
Kirby Larson, author of Hattie Big Sky
"I loved this compelling story brimming with mystery, friendship, and hope." —Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky