Hello, today I’m thrilled to be announcing the seventh author in our line up, Ms. Kathryn Ormbee!!!! I’m so excited for you to get to know more about her fantastic book Lucky Few in this picture tour through Austin, Texas! But, before we begin, I’m going to share some information about the book.
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Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 384 Pages
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Stevie, Max, and Sanger: keeping Austin weird.
Stevie Hart is homeschooled, but don’t hold that against her. Sure, she and her best (okay, only) friend, Sanger, will never be prom queens, but that’s just because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn’t believe in proms. Or dancing. Still, Stevie and Sanger know how to create their own brand of fun.
Enter Max Garza, the new boy next door. After a near-fatal accident, Max is determined to defy mortality with a checklist: 23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying. Dead set on carrying out fabricated demises ranging from impalement to spontaneous combustion, Max charms Stevie and Sanger into helping him with this two-month macabre mission. But as Stevie finds herself falling for Max, it becomes increasingly difficult to draw a line between his make-believe deaths and her real life.
A QUICK & QUIRKY TOUR OF AUSTIN, TEXAS
By Kathryn Ormsbee
Lucky Few centers on the lives of best friends Stevie Hart and Sanger Sadler-Hamasaki and their newfound pal Max Garza. Together, they attempt to complete a list entitled 23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying, all while running around the city of Austin.
I lived in Austin from 2012-2013, and I fell in love with the place. It is full of character, quirk, and charm—so much so, its inhabitants invented the slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” I wrote Lucky Few with the intention of making Austin a character in and of itself. I wanted its zaniness to bleed onto the pages as Stevie, Sanger, and Max went on their adventures. There are plenty of references throughout the book to real places in Austin, and today I’m going to share some with you! It’s an insider’s guide to the novel, but also a list of sites you should definitely visit if you ever find yourself in the area.
Austin is a veritable paradise for taco lovers, and Torchy’s serves them up fresh and tasty. There are several locations in Austin, but my favorite is at the South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery. You can show up in the morning for a delicious migas breakfast taco, or order my personal favorites—the Democrat and the Fried Avocado—for a dinner under the stars.
BARTON SPRINGS POOL
In many ways, this much-beloved Austin spot is the star of Lucky Few. It’s an important part of Stevie’s past, and it’s also where she and Sanger first officially meet Max. Barton Springs Pool is a spring-fed swimming pool that is open year-round. And it’s absolutely magical.
In Lucky Few, Stevie is part of a grassroots organization called Springs for Tomorrow Alliance, which campaigns to protect the water quality of the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs. Stevie’s organization is fictional, but it’s based on a very real group in Austin called the Save Our Springs Alliance.
THE HILL COUNTRY
Technically, the Texas Hill Country covers over two dozen counties in Texas. It’s a beautiful area that spans westward, out of Austin. Unlike much of Austin’s surrounding landscape, the Hill Country is full of green trees, rolling terrain, and winding roads. It also happens to be where Sanger Sadler-Hamasaki lives.
You can find a W Hotel in plenty of cities across the globe, but Austin’s W provides a pretty darn unique view of the city. Sanger’s moms own a condo at the W, which Sanger calls Room 237. It’s the site of one of Max’s most ambitious feats on the list: 12. Delusions of Grandeur.
Zilker Metropolitan Park is one of my favorite parks on earth. It’s a sprawling green space with a stunning view of Austin’s downtown skyline and access to both hiking trails and the beautiful Lady Bird Lake. It plays host to many Austin events, including the Zilker Park Kite Festival and Austin City Limits. It’s also where Max and Stevie’s cousin Joel go feed some ducks.
And that concludes our ever-so-brief tour of Austin! It’s an all-stops-out-fun city worth visiting; if you do, I hope you fall in love with it just like I did. And you can always pay a vicarious visit in the pages of Lucky Few.
Thank you so much Ms. Ormsbee for taking us on this awesome tour through Austin, Texas! Make sure to pick up a copy of Lucky Few at your local library and/ or bookstore and share with the hashtag #SHTSBR!