An Interview with Lisa Frenkel Riddiough

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Elvis and the World as it Stands

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.

MAD Blurbs

My guests are given a brief blurb about their favorite books, but I have taken out key information and replaced it with [noun], [adjective], [character], and [verb].

MADblurbs

AuthorBookDateScore
Lisa RIddiough (interview)Elvis and The World as it Stands10/22/20216
Soman Chainani (interview)Beasts & Beauty: Dangerous Tales9/18/20213
Jessica Speer (interview)BFF or NRF8/16/20213

Spelling Bee

In this game, guests are given 10 commonly misspelled words. They must spell the words correctly and the game ends when they make a mistake.

AuthorBookDateScore
Jessica Vitalis (interview)The Wolf’s Curse9/10/217/10
Lisa Frenkel Riddiough (interview)Elvis and the World as it Stands10/24/215/10
Hayley Krischer (interview)The Falling Girls10/15/213/10
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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

One thought on “An Interview with Lisa Frenkel Riddiough

  1. What fun to be on the All by My Shelf podcast with Jessica. For the record, the Burn, Re-write, Re-read game was all about books that I absolutely love and have promoted on my social media, etc. So, the amazing books on my burn list are books that I adore and are “burned” into my heart forever!!! Just in case you were wondering!!

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