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September 15, 2019

Lindsay Lackey

All the Impossible Things

“Bumblebees are impossible.

They break the rules of physics. Their tiny wings should not be able to carry their fat little bodies through the air.

The truth is, a bumblebee's wings work differently than people realize. For a long time, everyone thought their wings flapped up and down, like a bird's. But they don't. Their wings actually flap forward and back, really, really fast. So fast that a bumblebee creates its very own tornado. And that tornado picks up the bumblebee and carries it from one place to the next.

Which, if you think about it, doesn't seem impossible at all."

Lindsay Lackey

Red's inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby "Red" Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being place din foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can't figure out how.

This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo, complete with a dancing donkey and a giant tortoise. With their own curious gifts, Celine and Jackson Groove seem to fit like a puzzle piece into Red's heart.

But just when Red start to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother. For so long, Red has longed to have her mom back in her life, and she's quickly swept up in the vortex of her mother's chaos. Now Red must discover the possible in the impossible if she wants to overcome her own tornadoes and find the family she needs.

A bit of magic, a sprinkling of adventure, and a whole lot of heart collide in Lindsay Lackey's extraordinary middle grade debut about a young girl navigating the foster care system in search of where she belongs.

In conjunction with Lindsay's Book Release Party, Spark also held a drive for KAFPA, Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association. They provide resources and advocacy for the needs of adoptive and foster families in Santa Clara County. To find out more, please visit

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