by Michelle Cuevas and Sydney Smith (Dial Books for Young Readers 09A38448-DC78-495A-BD75-E1BFFA274F09 C9DDD400-A96C-4F3D-A027-10F8278DFFCE

I love a good fish-out-of-water story. That’s happening here in Smoot, when a shadow separates himself from his boy. It’s a book about taking risks and making choices and seeing colors in entirely new ways.

Smoot is a shadow. And he is bored. His boy is a stay-inside-the-lines creature of habit, and Smoot would rather be wild.

Until . . .


The unstuck Smoot heads out on a journey of double-dutch and tree-climbing and hopscotch and hoping. And the other shadows notice.

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The people notice.

Then bravery takes flight.

After all of their wishes come true, the shadows return.

Happy, welcomed, and a little more wild.


PS: A Rambler Steals Home is coming up on its first birthday! What a year of sharing it with you and meeting readers along the way. If you have read it, would you consider posting a review here? Those help authors out quite a bit, and help more readers find the stories you love. Thank you!




  • Posted February 27, 2018 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to get my hands on these! How exciting.
    Guess I need to play catch up, or join Smoot and get into action!

  • Posted February 27, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Oooh, this does look good. I love these kinds of books too. And one-yr. old birthday!

  • Posted February 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea! I look forward to reading this.