Author(s): Sophie Chen Keller
There is only one place in the world that lonely twelve-year-old Walter Lavender feels at home: The Lavenders, his mother's unusual bakery where meringues scud through displays like clouds, marzipan dragons breathe actual fire, and the airy angel-food cake can make customers pounds lighter. When the mysterious and magical Book at the heart of the shop vanishes and a landlord threatens closure, it is up to Walter to find the Book and save the shop. Despite-or because of-a communication disorder that renders him speechless, Walter has a special ability to find lost things. Accompanied by Milton, his overweight golden retriever, Walter's quest will take him around and under New York City, into subway tunnels and soaring over Central Park, and introduce him to the extraordinary and forgotten people of the fantastical city. Along the way he will discover his voice and learn what it means to truly be found.
Sophie Chen Keller was born in Beijing and raised in Ohio and California. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, she lived in New York City for four years before moving to Boston, where she currently resides. Her short stories have won awards and appeared in publications such as Glimmer Train and Pedestal.