Walking Backward

Funny, Sad, Therapeutic

Walking Backward book cover
My first children’s novel.

“I wrote the Darwin Society and asked them not to nominate Mom for an award….”

When Josh’s mother dies in a phobia-induced car crash, she leaves two questions for her grieving family: how did a snake get into her car? and how do you mourn with no faith to guide you?

Twelve-year-old Josh is left alone to find the answers. His father is building a time machine in the basement. His little brother is talking to a plastic Power Ranger as if it’s their mom. With no faith to guide him, Josh makes death his summer research project.

The dead-parent genre is a busy one, but Austen breaks from the pack with this confident and peculiar debut.” – Booklist

To buy a copy of Walking Backward:

“[An] outstanding debut novel….[Austen’s] writing cuts straight to the heart. She delivers a wise, rich novel, wonderfully compelling for children and adults alike.”  The Globe and Mail

Short-listed for the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award and five provincial awards.

  • Advanced juvenile fiction (ages 9+); 167 pages; paperback or e-book editions
  • Themes: grief, phobias, journals, families, brothers

Want a taste?

Read Walking Backward Chapter One right now to see if you might it.

Want to know more about phobias?

Check out my Phobia Sampler and then take my Phobia Quiz to test your knowledge of fear.

 

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