Michigan author’s heartfelt new novel to spark hope in kids with alcoholic loved ones
Debut Michigan author Jody Lamb’s heartwarming middle-grade novel tackles the tough topics of parental alcoholism and depression along with coming-of-age struggles of fitting in and bullies.
“Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool,” written for children ages eight to 13, is slated for release on November 6 by Scribe Publishing Company.
“This is a tender story of friendship, coping with parental alcoholism and the power of hope,” said Jennifer Baum, founder and editorial director of Scribe Publishing Company. “It stands out because it’s told by Easter Ann, a lovable, witty character readers will cheer for as she copes with common family drama and coming-of-age struggles.”
Lamb was inspired to write the story when she learned how common parental alcoholism is for American children.
Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics estimate that 10 to 25 percent of American kids live with at least one parent who abuses alcohol.
“When I was growing up, I thought alcoholism was unique to my family,” Lamb said. “When I discovered how common it is, I was disappointed in the lack of contemporary, effective books on the subject. Millions of kids are coping with the destructive effects of loved ones’ alcoholism and they believe they are alone because it remains a family secret. I wrote a realistic story to spark discussion, awareness and hope.”
Accomplished middle-grade authors and Jerry Moe, National Director of Children’s Programs at Betty Ford Center, have praised the novel.
“[This story is] a sensitive look at how alcoholism affects the entire family, especially the children,” Moe said. “A message of hope and the possibility of healing makes this a very powerful read.”
A reading and book-signing event is planned for Sunday, November 11 at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Brighton, Michigan.
The novel cover image, author photos, videos, event details and other media materials are available at www.JodyLamb.com.