Fourteen-year-old Sarah Zorn intends to spend the Wisconsin summer with her boyfriend Curtis, waiting for a dead calf named Boris to decompose in time for the science fair. Her plans upend, however, when her fake-boyfriend strategy goes seriously awry just as her hippie Grandma Z invites her on a last-minute Roman holiday. As Sarah explores Italy's ancient wonders, she can t stop boy-liking Curtis . . . or puzzling over her grandmother's odd behavior. Written as Sarah's journal, this satisfying middle grade novel navigates the murky waters of first love, friendship, and family with heart and good humor.
About the Author
Catherine Murdock is the author of Dairy Queen, its sequel The Off Season, and the forthcoming Front and Center. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and several cats, and regrets to report that she has never flown a broom, though not for lack of effort. Princess Ben is her first fairy tale.
"My sister’s novel is a love story to growing up, a love story to Rome, and—in the best and simplest way—a love story to family. I adored reading it."— Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love