Book Release: All That’s Missing by Sarah Sullivan

I know one thing Sarah Sullivan, a regional West Virginia member, is thankful for this year: the release of her mid-grade novel, ALL THAT’S MISSING!

All That's MissingWhen his grandfather’s dementia raises the specter of foster care, Arlo flees to find his only other family member in this genuine, heartening novel. 

Arlo’s grandfather travels in time. Not literally — he just mixes up the past with the present. Arlo holds on as best he can, fixing himself cornflakes for dinner and paying back the owner of the corner store for the sausages Poppo eats without remembering to pay. But how long before someone finds out that Arlo is taking care of the grandfather he lives with instead of the other way around? When Poppo lands in the hospital and a social worker comes to take charge, Arlo’s fear of foster care sends him alone across three hundred miles. Armed with a name and a town, Arlo finds his only other family member — the grandmother he doesn’t remember ever meeting. But just finding her isn’t enough to make them a family. Unfailingly honest and touched with a dash of magical realism, Sarah Sullivan’s evocative debut novel delves into a family mystery and unearths universal truths about home, trust, friendship, and strength — all the things a boy needs.

Publisher: Candlewick

In a novel laced with mystery and a hint of the supernatural, picture book author Sullivan (Passing the Music Down) creates a strong small-town atmosphere through Edgewater’s citizens, young and old. A quietly affecting coming-of-age story about finding family and confronting change.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Sullivan’s debut novel beautifully balances the big issues in Arlo’s life with his smaller, more immediate concerns: his dog, an adventurous friend, and the magic of a wooden eagle carved by his father. The characters’ race is often left ambiguous, allowing readers to envision for themselves. Filled with heart, this will appeal to fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie (2000) or Eva Ibbotson’s One Dog and His Boy (2012).”  — Diane Colson, Booklist

It’s rare to find a quiet, reflective middle-grade novel with a boy as the main character, and rarer still to find one this satisfying. Eleven-year-old Arlo lives with his doting grandfather, but lately Poppo’s memory and behavior have gone haywire. Destined for foster care, gutsy Arlo sets out to find his estranged, mysterious grandmother. His true challenges begin once he meets her. With touches of magical realism, and a crime caper thrown in for good measure, this gentle book explores how every family has some question nobody wants to answer.” —Tricia Springstubb,

Congratulations, Sarah and best of luck with ALL THAT’S MISSING! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 🙂


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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3 Responses to Book Release: All That’s Missing by Sarah Sullivan

  1. I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the preview. I hope sales skyrocket for Sarah.

  2. Thank you, Laura! And I’m thrilled to share the news that The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books has given ALL THAT’S MISSING a STARRED REVIEW in its December issue!! Now there’s another thing to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  3. After reading this blog entry I purchased “All That’s Missing.” I just closed the last page and I have to say nothing was missing from “All That’s Missing”! Not a word was wasted in this wonderful tale of a boy searching for himself in the details missing from his past. I loved it. Thank you!

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