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Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

Kimberly Willis Holt

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Stevie's life seems safe and full of love until the day tragedy strikes. Stevie is sent to live with her estranged grandfather Winston at his rundown motel. Though the colorful tenants who inhabit the motel are quickly charmed by Stevie, she struggles to connect with her grandfather. What dark secret is he keeping from her? It will take another difficult departure before Winston realizes just how strongly Stevie has taken root at the motel--and in his heart.

With unwavering emotion and masterful storytelling, National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt explores themes of loss, family, love, and the importance of finding a place to call home.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

Chapter One


MY NAME, STEVIE GRACE, was tattooed inside a giant sun on my dad’s back. Because, he said, after I was born he’d have sunshine for the rest of his days. I loved...

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Kimberly Willis Holt

Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family's Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father's military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and Guam.

She's the author of several books for a wide range of ages, many of which have won awards and honors. Her third novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She writes and gardens in Texas.

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Jerry Holt

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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