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When life feels too big to understand, where do you search for answers?


When August Beck is out looking for his missing brother River, the last thing he expects to find is a monolith standing in the cornfield! August is certain the monolith and River’s disappearance are connected and that aliens are to blame. But his best friend Tilly Wilson isn’t so sure.


Tilly is an expert researcher. She has to be in order to run her own community newspaper. Tilly is always chasing down a good story, like her curious neighbor Mr. Starr, who makes art out of trash, but she isn’t convinced August’s theory is true. She's afraid he's a little too obsessed with aliens and avoiding the hard truth that little River might be gone forever.


Together they search for answers and they don’t always like the explanations. Tilly learns sometimes it’s better to let a story go, and August learns sometimes embracing the unknown yields surprising results. But between the monolith, changes within their own families, and a mysterious voice in the cornfield, both friends have an astonishing summer, one that teaches them to embrace mystery and never stop asking questions.


Early praise for Monolith


"Every generation deserves a book that delivers on wonder and awe in a way that the reader feels it like an electrical pulse. Monolith is that book."

-Nicole Valentine, author of The Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity


"Must read. A compelling story that blends the ordinary with the extraordinary in memorable ways....a good addition to library collections for confident middle grade readers." 

-Mary Lanni, Reedsy


"A blend of gentle, emotional moments...make this a great selection for more thoughtful readers"

-School Library Journal


ORDER HERE or at your favorite bookstore!

PUB DATE:  MARCH 12, 2024

Monolith -Wandering Moth Press

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  • Monolith can be pre-ordered from your local bookstore now, and will be available here on March 12, 2024.

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