One day at her dad's house a young girl finds two old potatoes in the cupboard. "Gross." But before she can throw them away her dad suggests they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones which have sprouted eyes. Told from May to September the potato-growing season the story includes all the basic steps for growing potatoes while subtly dealing with the parents' recent divorce. Just like the new potatoes that emerge from ugly old potatoes this dad and daughter move on and make a new life together in the face of unavoidable and unpleasant change. Carolyn Fisher's artwork will be instantly recognizable from her picture book debut A Twisted Tale and her trademark high-energy art and design infuse joy and humor into this heartwarming story.
John Coy is the author of the picture books Night Driving Strong to the Hoop Vroomaloom Zoom Two Old Potatoes and Me Around the World and Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball. Strong to the Hoop is also available in Spanish as Directo Al Aro and Two Old Potatoes and Me is available in Chinese.
John is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. Crackback his first young adult novel is about high school football and his second Box Out is about high school basketball.
He is also the author of the popular 4 for 4 middle-grade series featuring Top of the Order Eyes on the Goal Love of the Game and Take Your Best Shot. John lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.