Any Day With You
A heartwarming novel which explores the magic of creativity, the power of folklore, and the complexity and joys of family love.
Twelve-year-old Kaia and her family live near the beach in Los Angeles and the fun of summer—and movie making—is all around them. Kaia loves turning her friends into magical creatures with special effects makeup. Kaia’s very close to her Filipino great-grandfather, who has lived with her family her whole life. But when he decides to return to his homeland, Kaia’s got to find a way to change his mind. Kaia and her friends are making a short film to enter in the Beach Season film contest, which inspires Kaia’s secret, a plan that will convince her great-grandfather to stay.
World English Language: Wendy Lamb Books, Random House (Summer 2020)
Mae’s debut MG novel, THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT, was preempted by Wendy Lamb for her eponymous imprint at Random House.
She is a former PEN Emerging Voices Fellow and author of Images of America: Filipinos in Los Angeles (Arcadia Publishing). She has previously been published in The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, and Other Hazards of Being Female (Seal Press) and she completed a writing residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
She was also a longtime administrator for an established writing program at UCLA, where she was fortunate to build many connections with authors.