About A Lot on Her Plate
A twelve-year old chef is starved for acceptance when her mother fat shames her. But how can she choose her own path if she can't choose what's for dinner?
With the name Saralee is it any surprise I love cake. But write a novel about the diet culture that shames people into avoiding dessert? Never saw that coming. Then a book title came to me and I knew it was time to confront a familiar subject … struggles with my weight. A year later, I finished A LOT ON HER PLATE and though it is different than my previous four novels (my first for middle grade readers) I explore a tough subject with great humor and heart. Also, a plate of cookies.
One of the great joys of being a storyteller is creating memorable characters, much like giving birth minus the pain and anesthesia. Also, characters don’t have to be fed, entertained or educated. But as they emerge from stick figures to become fully flawed and intensely human I often forget that they don’t exist save for…
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“Saralee Rosenberg is the Erma Bombeck of the 21st Century — she finds the laughter and humor in our daily trials and reminds us of the joy that exists within us.”
Belle Baxter, Director, Elwood Public Library