Get hooked on Elvis -- the sweet, quirky main voice of the story...like I did! It's a dark comedy with a family dealing with a sleepwalking mom who drowns. Heartbreaking Yes -- but so heartwarming too, as Elvis, the old soul in a 10-year-old's body, learns to deal with grief and the changes that take place after the loss of a loved one.
— Sue Moretti
Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn't yet know--like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.