About All the Impossible Things

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Red’s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby “Red” Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can’t figure out how.

This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo, complete with a dancing donkey and a giant tortoise. With their own curious gifts, Celine and Jackson Groove seem to fit like a puzzle piece into Red’s heart.

But just when Red starts to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother. For so long, Red has longed to have her mom back in her life, and she’s quickly swept up in the vortex of her mother’s chaos. Now Red must discover the possible in the impossible if she wants to overcome her own tornadoes and find the family she needs.

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Awards and Honors

  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Winner, 2021
  • WILLA Literary Award Finalist, Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction, 2020
  • New York Public Library Best Book of 2019 
  • Denver Public Library Best Book of 2019
  • Chidren’s Book Review Best Book of 2019
  • MightyGirl.com Best Book of 2019
  • School Library Journal starred review

Critical Praise

“A gorgeous story about the joy that’s possible when we allow hope into our hearts. Wise and wondrous, this is truly a novel to cherish.” Katherine Applegate, Newbery-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

“Lackey tackles difficult topics including addiction and loss with infinite gentleness.” School Library Journal, Starred Review
“Lackey deftly draws readers into Red’s tumultuous emotional journey; with its strong narrative voice…the text resonates with a mixture of hope and hurt, strength and vulnerability.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Recommended Review
“A beautiful, nuanced story of how love and grief can coexist.” Mariama J. Lockington, author of For Black Girls Like Me
“Painful to read – in a good way.”​ Kirkus Reviews
“Lackey’s compassionately drawn story ponders hope, grief, and found family, warming the heart while avoiding an overly neat conclusion.”​ Publisher’s Weekly
All the Impossible Things touched my heart in the way that only truly fantastic middle grade lit can… This is the perfect book.” Liz Rice, The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL

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