When I sit down to write, I always try to write the stories that I craved as a young girl. Since pets were a huge part of my childhood, I love to write about brave, smart characters who are determined to protect stray animals. Lety Out Loud was inspired by my own childhood, but also inspired by my desire to continue a story I began with my first novel, Gaby, Lost and Found (Scholastic 2013).
If you’ve read my debut novel, Gaby Lost and Found, you’ll recognize many of the same characters in Lety Out Loud, but you don’t have to read Gaby, Lost and Found to read Lety Out Loud. This story features Lety Muñoz, an English Language Learner, who attends a summer camp at an animal shelter. While there, she becomes interested in taking over the role of the shelter scribe. Even though she struggles with English sometimes, she feels ready to take on this big challenge, but then grumpy classmate, Hunter Farmer, decides he also wants to be shelter scribe. Lety is happy to share the responsibility, but Hunter is not! Soon, Lety finds herself coerced into a contest with him to prove who would make the best shelter scribe. Lety is determined to prove to Hunter that although her English may not be perfect, she won’t back down from the challenge to write animal profiles for the dogs and cats that need a forever home. I hope you enjoy it. It’s also available in Spanish as Lety Alza Su Voz. 🙂