Tue. 6/5, 6pm
Maura Ellen Stokes launches her debut middle-grade novel Fadeaway
When Sam’s best friend Reagan dies after her heart suddenly gives out, Sam must learn to deal with her grief and ultimately discover who she is without her best friend by her side.
Fourteen-year-old Sam thinks she has all summer to hang out with her best friend, Reagan. But then her life changes forever. Sam’s world, once filled with school, basketball, and Reagan, has now abruptly changed and she must learn to navigate high school on and off the court without her best friend.
But when Reagan suddenly “reappears,” Sam clings to her friend’s presence, even as it hurts rather than helps her grief. Can Sam learn to accept herself without her other half? This authentic, powerful story of friendship, grief, and discovering yourself is a can’t-miss debut novel from Maura Ellen Stokes.
Maura Ellen Stokes holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. A lifelong athlete who coached girls’ soccer, she often incorporates sports into her fiction. When she’s not writing, she works as a biostatistician. A New England native, she has lived in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, area for many years but still thinks that real summer mornings are cool enough for sweatshirts.