"Kate McCarroll Moore has a background in education and was the director of curriculum and instruction for a large school district. She currently teaches online writing courses and is a book coach for a non-profit organization that connects low-income families with access to high quality books. The Poet Laureate for the City of San Ramón, California for three terms, Moore’s latest book of poetry, Avians of Mourning, was released in 2020. She has studied with Naomi Shihab Nye, Tess Taylor, Georgia Heard, and other poets, and believes in the power of poetry to transform lives.
While skipping lessons at the prestigious ballet academy that her mother forced her to enroll in, 11-year-old Elinor Malcolm meets Indira, a mysterious older girl who encourages her to explore her identity and expand her world. A touch of magical realism infuses their encounters and shapes their relationship. Indira’s influence helps Elinor find a path that ultimately is satisfying for both her and her mother. Friendship, family, identity, and the importance of honest communication and being true to oneself are interwoven themes that create a fascinating tapestry and a very compelling story.