The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books the only bookstore on Alice Island has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go.One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her. A search for Maya's mother, A. J.'s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn t take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.
About the Author
Gabrielle Zevin is the author of many popular books for teens, including "Elsewhere", " Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac"", " and "In the Age of Love and Chocolate", the final novel in the Birthright trilogy.""Her novels for adults are "Margarettown", " The Hole We're In", and the forthcoming "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry". She was also the screenwriter for "Conversations with Other Women", for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University. After many years on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she recently moved to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.
Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and MacBeth. He's read over 150 audiobooks in four years-for that, AudioFile magazine named Scott ""a rising and shining star"" and awarded him as one of the magazine's Golden Voices. The Audie- and Earphone Award-winning actor has read several Macmillan Audio audioBooks, including Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and Dune: The Machine Crusade by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. In addition to his acting work, Scott choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films such as Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.