About Jill Diamond:
Jill Diamond has loved children’s literature for as long as she can remember, thanks to her school librarian mother and long, cold winters in Maine. She presently lives in San Francisco, where, when she’s not writing, she hangs out with her husband and their son.
What is the one sentence pitch for your book?
When a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazón, Lou Lou and Pea’s quaint and quirky neighborhood, right before Día de Los Muertos, the best friends must join forces (horticultural know-how and artistic genius) to solve the mystery.
Why middle grade?
Most of my favorite books are middle grade novels, thanks to my school librarian mom! As a middle grade reader, I found myself really getting lost in stories and wanting to be best friends with so many different characters. I also love that middle grade books easily lend themselves to colorful whimsy alongside more serious themes. In other words, middle grade is just super duper awesome!
If you got to make an adaptation of one board game for your book, which would you choose?
Clue meets Candy Land (sorry, that’s two).
What is one of your favorite reads?
I am always hopeless at this question because there are so many! I think The Phantom Tollbooth is one of the most brilliant books ever written. I also adored The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce.
What is next for you?
The next Lou Lou and Pea book comes out in winter 2018 so stay tuned for further adventures in El Corazón! I also have a couple of other middle grade projects in the works. So many things to write about! If only I didn’t need sleep.
About Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery
Coming October 18th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
BFFs Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl love their PSPP (Post-School Pre-Parents) tea parties on Friday afternoons, where they recap the school week, chat about Pea’s latest fashions, and tend to Lou Lou’s burgeoning backyard garden. But when a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazón, their quaint and quirky neighborhood, right before the Día de Los Muertos Parade, the girls must join forces (horticultural know-how and artistic genius) to solve the mystery.
Debut author Jill Diamond weaves a delightful romp, full of colorful characters and gentle intrigue, while artist Lesley Vamos punctuates the story with black-and-white illustrations throughout. Backmatter includes crafting activities and a glossary of Spanish terms!