"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
So this is the first time I've done a WOW for about 2 years, I think, but I HAD to do one to share my excitement over my friend Katherine Webber's book deal, which was announced yesterday!
Wing Jones, set
in the run-up to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, is about a girl called
Wing who, having one grandmother from China and another from Ghana,
often feels caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing
discovers a talent for running she never knew she had.
Why I can't wait:
I've been super-lucky and read the first 10 pages or so and it's gorgeously-written, with an amazing voice! Lauren James, who's been even luckier and read THE ENTIRE BOOK, describes it as "perfect and lovely and satisfying and beautiful", which would be a good enough recommendation for it to be high on my list without knowing Katie. But since I do know Katie, and her taste in books is AMAZING and she's hugely knowledgeable about YA, I'm quietly confident that the fabulous 10 pages I've read so far are the start of something truly special.
Wing Jones will be released by Walker Books in 2017. It seems a LITTLE early to start counting down the days - but only a little!