Congratulations to Alpha alumni Mike Grinti (2002 & 2004) and Rachel Grinti (2002 & 2003), whose debut novel, Claws, was published by Chicken House in September 2012!
Emma’s sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their savings on the search. And now the family has no choice but to live in a ramshackle trailer park on the edge of the forest, next door to down-and-out harpies, hags, and trolls. Emma wonders if she’ll ever see Helena, and if she’ll ever feel happy, again.
Then she makes a friend.
A smooth-talking, dirty-furred cat named Jack. He’s got a razor-sharp plan to rescue Emma’s sister. He just wants one small favor in return…
Mike and Rachel Grinti live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mike was born in Russia, and moved to the United States with his family when he was a child. The Hobbit, borrowed from the library, got him hooked on reading. Rachel grew up in Pittsburgh, where she now works as a children’s librarian. Claws is their first book.