An insightful mystery about an art-restoring dad who disappears, a mother who won’t get out of bed, and an artistic middle-schooler who needs to fix it all.
- from our 2019 Holiday Catalog
Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Debut novelist Tucker elegantly weaves together a story of a young artist desperately trying to keep her family together while learning that a true support network is not confined to blood ties. This is a deft and delicate probe into the unfortunate yet real situations so many kids have to navigate in childhood. Bravo!”
— Jane Knight, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT
"A dazzling debut novel about resilience, courage, home and family."--Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me
SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist--and in her neighborhood, that's normal. Her dad and his business partner Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother makes intricate sculptures in a corner of their loft, leaving Ollie to roam the streets of New York with her best friends Richard and Alex, drawing everything that catches her eye. Then everything falls apart. Ollie's dad disappears in the middle of the night, leaving her only a cryptic note and instructions to destroy it. Her mom has gone to bed, and she's not getting up. Apollo is hiding something, Alex is acting strange, and Richard has questions about the mysterious stranger he saw outside. And someone keeps calling, looking for a missing piece of art. . . Olympia knows her dad is the key--but first, she has to find him, and time is running out.
About the Author
Laura Tucker is a writer and former literary agent who has coauthored books on a wide range of topics, including health, fitness, parenting, and self-help. Her credits include Still Room for Hope by Alisa Kaplan, Standing Tall by C. Vivian Stringer, Shalom in the Home by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Training for Life by Debbie Rocker. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“I absolutely loved All the Greys on Greene Street. It’s a dazzling debut novel about resilience, courage, home and family.”—Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me
“A truly wonderful book about art and mystery, friendships and family. You are bound to fall in love with Ollie and you’ll long remember her story.”—Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor author of Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods
"I’m not sure how its quiet power works, but it works; I stand in front of it, and I’m breathless. The last book that made me feel this way was Rebecca Stead's Goodbye Stranger." —Jack Cheng, award-winning author of See You In the Cosmos
“Skillfully grounded in time and place, full of colorful characters and pearls of wisdom, Ollie’s story shows how it’s possible to save ourselves when the people around us can’t.” —Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers
“This is a beautiful book—a love letter to art, friendship, and family. I devoured it.” —Tae Keller, author of The Science of Breakable Things
★ "A brilliant mediation on the artistic life, the way shapes and color infuse perception, howconcentration can lead to illumination, and how creation is gift available to all in myriad forms . . . Tucker's writing is exquisite and as preciseas brush stroke. A remarkable debut." —Booklist, starred review
★ "Tucker skillfully balances themes of mental illness, friendship, and creativity under tough circumstances in her memorable debut." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "A host of honest, flawed, deeply sympathetic characters that are poignant and funny are at once unique and familiar . . . Lovely, sad, hopeful, and memorable." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "A poignant and well-structured debut novel that’s sure to satisfy." —BookPage, starred review
"[A] brilliant debut novel . . . a richly texture delight: an art world mystery, a family drama, a sensitive depiction of depression, a crash course in colors and a portrait of a young artist . . . Tucker has written with such compassion and intelligence about what we see, what we overlook, and what we try to hide." —The New York Times
"The story of Olympia, her art, and her devoted friends that will absorb readers here." —BCCB Reviews