Friday, November 1, 2019

Smack Dab News

Michele Weber Hurwitz is pleased to show off the cover of her new middle grade novel, Hello from Renn Lake, which will be released on May 26, 2020 from Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.

Annalise Oliver and Renn Lake share a deep, mystical, almost unexplainable bond. It's been that way since Annalise was three years old and first heard the lake say hello. The lake has always been a source of comfort and calm for Annalise, whose family has owned and run nearby cabins for generations. But when a patch of algae becomes a harmful bloom, her connection to Renn is gone.

While the authorities debate and discuss and disagree about what to do, Annalise gets frustrated, then angry. Finally, she can't wait any longer. She teams up with her friends -- confident babysitter Maya and science nerd Zach -- and they take a risk to save their beloved lake.

Not only is Hello from Renn Lake a story of community, the power of youth activism, and fighting for the things you love, it's about the strong connection between humans and nature. The bond between Annalise and Renn Lake is the emotional core of this story, and the two discover a way to heal each other.

No further ado - here's the beautiful cover, illustrated by Celia Krampien. More on the story, and the story behind the story, at


  1. This sounds incredible. Congrats, Michele!

  2. Congratulations on what sounds like a powerful and important story.