ABOUT MEIRA DRAZIN
I grew up in Toronto, built an adult life in New York, and now live in London with my husband and four children. I write middle grade fiction, but I read anything and everything! I’m represented by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency.
HONEY & ME (winner of the 2016 Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award) is a middle grade novel about two friends who are Modern Orthodox Jews in an American suburb. But it is also a broader coming-of-age story of two girls figuring out who they are in their families, in school and in life. Honey Wine is the middle child of seven kids. With three older brothers in high school, and younger siblings who include an autistic brother, Honey is athletic and spunky, put-upon but loyal and caring. The story is narrated by her best friend, Milla Bloom, who is more self-conscious, ironic, sensitive and bookish, but who looks to Honey for guidance and for escape from her own silent house. They share a deep friendship, but they are also foils to each other.
The story follows the girls through the course of their sixth grade school year (and the holidays of the Jewish calendar) as they encounter dramas both large and small—from delivering meals to the neighborhood crone, to the death of a beloved teacher, to Honey deciding to change her name, to a scare with Aaron, Honey’s autistic brother, to what happens when they accidentally choose the same topic for the annual middle school public speaking contest. Threaded throughout is Milla’s complicated relationship with her mother.