Tweens Read August is a 14 day event taking place for the first two weeks of August. I’ll be hosting authors, regardless of debut year, whose books I’m the most excited for. Each day, I’ll announce who the next author is at the end of the post. There’s also a giveaway going on, so be sure to check that out!
It’s the second day of Tweens Read August, and today I’m hosting Victoria J. Coe! Victoria is the author of some amazing novels about an adorable little dog named Fenway and his human best friend, Hattie.
Here’s a little bit about the first book in the series, Fenway & Hattie:
“This perky, pet-centered tale takes readers inside the head of Fenway, an energetic and perpetually hopeful Jack Russell terrier with a deep love for food, intense hatred of squirrels, and undying adoration of his “small human,” Hattie. . . A fun, fresh frolic that animal-loving kids are sure to enjoy.” — Publishers Weekly
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Fenway is an excitable and endlessly energetic Jack Russell terrier. He lives in the city with Food Lady, Fetch Man, and—of course—his beloved short human and best-friend-in-the-world, Hattie.
But when his family moves to the suburbs, Fenway faces a world of changes. He’s pretty pleased with the huge Dog Park behind his new home, but he’s not so happy about the Evil Squirrels that taunt him from the trees, the super-slippery Wicked Floor in the Eating Room, and the changes that have come over Hattie lately. Rather than playing with Fenway, she seems more interested in her new short human friend, Angel, and learning to play baseball. His friends in the Dog Park next door say Hattie is outgrowing him, but that can’t be right.
And he’s going to prove it!
Get a dog’s-eye view of the world in this heartwarming, enthusiastic “tail” about two best friends.
Interview with Victoria Coe, Author of the Fenway and Hattie Series
What’s your favorite thing about Fenway and Hattie?
First off, thanks for hosting me on the blog, Eli! I’m very excited to be here!
My favorite thing about Fenway and Hattie is that it’s told strictly from Fenway’s point of view. And since he’s a dog, you only get his take on things. It’s up to the reader to figure out what’s really going on!
Why did you choose for Fenway to be a Jack Russell Terrier?
I first imagined him as a dog whose family was moving and he was afraid of being left behind. Then I began to wonder what kind of dog he was, his personality, what was his family like, etc. And right as I started doing that—poof! He was a Jack Russell.
I didn’t question it at the time, but as I wrote the story and I poured a lot of my own personality into Fenway it seemed to click. I guess I’m a lot like a Jack Russell myself!
Do you think you’ll ever write about other animals?
It’s funny. I always admired authors who wrote animal books and I thought to myself, “I could never pull that off.” And here I am!
Now I’m excited to continue writing more Fenway and Hattie stories – from Fenway’s point of view, of course. Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang will be out on January 24, 2017.
As far as books featuring other animals, who knows?
I love the cover of Fenway and Hattie! Do you know the terrier on the cover?
Thanks! I love it, too. And I actually get asked that question a lot.
My publisher worked with Dave Kreutz, an amazing animal photographer. They held a casting call for Jack Russells and narrowed it down to the adorable dog you see on the book jacket. He was a magnificent choice for Fenway!
What’s been the hardest part of debut year?
Without a doubt, the hardest part is WAITING. It was two full years between “the offer” and the date Fenway and Hattiehit bookstore shelves. Waiting 24 months would be hard for anyone. But for someone as impatient as Fenway—I mean, me!—that’s even harder!
Of course now that I see the book everywhere and I hear reactions from readers, it was totally worth the wait!
About the Author
Victoria J. Coe is a voracious reader, writing teacher, and Jack Russell terrier impersonator. She lives with her family on the outskirts of Boston, where she and her dog are always ready to track down evil.
Thanks to Victoria for taking part in Tweens Read August! Check out the synopsis and cover of the second Fenway and Hattie book (to be released January 24th, 2017) and the announcement of the third book in the series (to be released Winter 2018) down below. Be sure to add Fenway & Hattie to Goodreads as well. The author being featured tomorrow is Mike Grosso, whose debut I read and loved!
When evil bunnies invade the Dog Park, Fenway’s hot on their trail. Hattie seems understandably alarmed, though she clearly doesn’t appreciate his efforts. She shoos him out of the garden and fills in holes as fast as he can dig them!
Fenway wonders if his beloved Hattie could be working against him, until she brings home a cage with a bunny inside. He can hardly control his excitement – she captured one of the intruders! But when Fenway realizes Hattie actually likes the bunny, he’s crushed. Is his heart big enough to accept that Hattie can love another pet, too?
In this sequel to Fenway and Hattie, these two best buddies learn that making the right choice can be tough, but being a real friend is the greatest choice of all.