Episode # 18

Pieces of Why

K. L. Going

From celebrated author K. L. Going comes a beautiful story about the small kindnesses offered in the midst of tragedy that can change the course of lives
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Kathy Dawson Books




Pieces of Why

Tia lives with her mom in a high-risk neighborhood in New Orleans and loves singing gospel in the Rainbow Choir with Keisha, her boisterous and assertive best friend. Tia’s dream is to change the world with her voice; and by all accounts, she might be talented enough. But when a fatal carjacking in her neighborhood takes the life of an infant, she finds she can’t sing anymore. From the gossip ignited in her community, she learns the truth about her own father: His life-sentence prison conviction was not just for a robbery, as her mother always told her. The shock of finding out what really happened prompts Tia to start asking the people in her community hard questions—questions everyone has always been too afraid to ask.

Full of humanity, Pieces of Why is a timely story that addresses grief, healing, and forgiveness, told through the eyes of a gifted girl who hears rhythm and song everywhere in her life.

Praise for Pieces of Why

“Heart-rendingly unflagging in the face of life-changing events, Missy’s a funny, compelling heroine that readers will cheer for.”
Kirkus Reviews

K.L. Going began her career working at one of the oldest literary agencies in New York City and has worked at an independent bookstore in Cold Spring, NY. She is the award-winning author of several books for children and teens, from picture books to young adult novels. She received a Printz Honor for Fat Kid Rules the World which was subsequently made into a feature film directed by Matthew Lillard. Her first middle-grade novel, The Liberation of Gabriel King, is taught in classrooms across the country. Kelly wrote Writing and Selling the Young Adult Novel—a how-to book for aspiring writers, published by Writer’s Digest, and contributed short stories to several anthologies. She continues to write books for children of all ages, and lives in Glen Spey, NY, with her husband and son, where she writes and runs a business critiquing manuscripts.