i Am Elephant, i Am Butterfly by Leslie Tall Manning
"Bravo! Manning has such an understanding of the adolescent psyche."
—Tracie Barton-Barrett, author of Buried Deep in Our Hearts
"Once I picked it up, I could not put this book down; I literally carried it around with me in one hand while the other hand did chores and ate meals..."
"I felt all the pain, anger, confusion, and joy of each teenager girl at Camp Kamama."
—Padgett Gerler, author of What Does Love Sound Like?
When sixteen-year-old Simone Wheeler is accepted into the elite Camp Kamama—a place of self-discovery for the morbidly obese—she instantly despises the food rations, obstacle course, and powwows, where each girl must stand in front of her peers to expose her darkest secrets. But the Appalachian Mountains are shrouded in mystery, and Camp Kamama's rules will soon be the least of Simone's worries. While meditating beneath an old tree in the woods, Simone unearths a secret diary belonging to a beautiful girl from the despised Camp Felina across the lake. But Phoebe the Felina has done more than scribble words in a journal: she has carved a cryptic path that Simone will be compelled to follow—no matter what the consequences.
Leslie Tall Manning is an award-winning novelist who loves writing about grown-ups who crave change and often discover it in ways they never expected, and about teenagers who believe in independence, often stumbling into it headfirst. As a private English tutor and writing specialist, Ms. Manning spends her evenings working with students of all ages, and her days working on her own writing projects. She is happily represented by the TriadaUS Literary Agency.