Launching Claire Legrand's Some Kind of Happiness

We couldn't put it better than Tim Federle already has: "Imagine if Wednesday Addams had written The Princess Bride, and you've got Some Kind of Happiness." Claire is a perennial favorite among the McNally Jackson kidlit staff, and we are delighted and honored to be celebrating the release of this hauntingly beautiful middle grade novel along with her. Joining Claire in conversation for the event will be Corey Ann Haydu, author, most recently, of the middle grade novel Rules For Stealing Stars

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Things Finley Hart doesn’t want to talk about:
-Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
-Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
-Never having met said grandparents.
-Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real—and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.


Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now Ms. Legrand is a full-time writer living in New Jersey. She has written two middle grade novels—The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012, and The Year of Shadows—as well as the young adult novel Winterspell. Visit her at and on Twitter @ClaireLegrand.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

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Some Kind of Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442466012
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 17th, 2016