Donna Gephart

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In Your Shoes

book | Fiction | Jun 2018
US & Canada → Random House (Ed. Krista Vitola)

Previously entitled The Greatest Love Story Ever Bowled

The critically acclaimed author of Lily and Dunkin delivers another heartfelt story that will remind readers you never know who needs a friend the most, about two imaginative tweens who help each other find new beginnings.

Miles is an anxious boy who loves his family’s bowling center even if though he could be killed by a bolt of lightning or a wild animal that escaped from the Philadelphia Zoo on the way there.

Amy is the new girl at school who wishes she didn’t have to live above her uncle’s funeral home and tries to write her way to her own happily-ever-after.

Then Miles and Amy meet in the most unexpected way... and that’s when it all begins...


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Earnest and gently humorous... A sweet story about a friendship with a most inauspicious start. 


The well-drawn, likable characters are relatable, and the novel’s themes of grief and loss will strike a chord... A unique and compelling novel from a master storyteller. Highly recommended.

Samantha Lumetta
School Libray Journal (starred review)

This clever story about friendship, loss, and bowling shoes... humorously verifies that loss can lead to surprising beginnings. 

Publishers Weekly

Like all of Gephart’s middle-grade books, this is another delightful, discussion-worthy story for young readers navigating friendships, family sadness, and first love.

Augusta Scattergood
The Christian Science Monitor

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