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Elvis Babbit is an 11-year-old budding naturalist who takes after her mother, a biologist, who drowned 4 months earlier while sleepswimming (yes, sleepswimming). Elvis searches for an explanation to her mother's death everywhere she can think of: her mother's manuscript on animal sleep habits; by talking to her sympathetic school counselor; and even by calling her mother's telephone psychic. She's also trying to solve the problem of her grieving lipstick-wearing father, and her sister who has developed a dangerous sleepwalking habit of her own and a goal of baking 1000 rabbit-shaped cakes. Through Elvis's eyes we see the whole Babbitt family coming to terms with their grief, each in their own quirky way. Elvis is a wonderfully precocious, strong, and darkly funny narrator, and I loved her voice. A wonderful debut from Annie Hartnett.— From Jill's Picks
“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