Rabbit Cake (Paperback)
Elvis is a 12-year-old who lives in Freedom, Alabama, with her father, her sister, Lizzie, and a dog named Boomer - and was named for the singer. Her mother has recently died, drowned while swimming in her sleep (or so she has been told), and Elvis is trying desperately to make sense of how and why. A sympathetic counselor at Elvis' school tells her it takes 18 months to recover from such a loss. The story may tug at your heart, but it is filled with humor - honest and sometimes dark, but truly funny. The story triumphs over the circumstances.
Elvis Babbit has joined a select list of my favorite young characters. This smart funny young lady is coping with the death of her mother and a cast of dysfunctional adults, most importantly her Dad and sister. How she rallies the family, and deals with her own grief at a vulnerable age makes this one of my favorite stories.
Her Mom would bake a Rabbit Cake as a special treat for special occasions. Rabbit Cake is a very special treat - the book that is. -- Michael Parker, Aspen Grove Manager— Michael Parker
March 2017 Indie Next List
“When Eva Rose Babbitt, mother of daughters Lizzie, 15, and Elvis, 10, drowns while sleep-swimming, her daughters are left to fend for themselves emotionally while their father tends to his grief by wearing his wife's bathrobe and lipstick. Elvis stays up at night, trying to keep Lizzie, a sleepwalker and sleep-eater, from burning the house down with her nocturnal 'cooking'. But Elvis doesn't trust the circumstances of her mother's death and is determined to finish her mother's book, The Sleep Habits in Animals and What They Tell Us About Our Own Slumber, so she does a little research of her own. Annie Hartnett has created endearing and memorable characters in a delightfully original story that is sure to become a beloved favorite of readers everywhere.”
— Kris Kleindienst (E), Left Bank Books, Saint Louis, MO
Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know--like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.