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Elvis and the World As It Stands

Elvis and the World As It Stands

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A poignant middle-grade story about loss and finding family from the point of view of a newly adopted kitten

"An absolute delight, from beginning to end." —Anne Ursu, author of National Book Award nominee The Real Boy

"Elvis's journey is sweet and funny and profound." —Eliot Schrefer, National Book Award finalist

Most shelter animals dream of going home with a forever family. But for Elvis, being chosen by Mrs. Pemberton is a nightmare. He’s been separated from his sister, Etta, and is determined to get back to the shelter to find her. In spite of himself, Elvis becomes curious about ten-year-old Georgina Pemberton, who builds LEGO skyscrapers in her bedroom while navigating her parents’ separation. The longer he’s in his new home, the more he starts recognizing new feelings: admiration for Georgina’s creations, affection for the other pets, and even empathy for the Pembertons—despite their inability to listen. 

As Georgina sets out to build her most important skyscrapers yet—the Twin Towers—Elvis realizes that maybe both humans and animals can take a page from Georgina’s Big Book of American Architecture and “build a world of their own choosing,” even if the choices aren’t what they’d initially expected.