“You are my greatest find.”
Quirky, big-hearted Alma Underwood has a knack for pocketing the various objects people leave behind at her parents’ small-town motel. From old ticket stubs… to the glue that comes with a toupee, Alma possesses a passion for recusing forgotten treasures—even if nobody else sees it that way.
Her greatest treasure is found, not under a motel bed or stashed inside a drawer, but inside an old, abandoned train car that rests behind her house. After hoisting herself into the train car she’s dubbed Mo, Alma stumbles upon Rumor.
With nothing but a duffle bag and a quilt to keep him warm, it’s crystal clear Rumor Rawlings isn’t just hanging out in the train car for a place to escape.
He’s living in it.
Rumor’s wit and relentless perseverance charm the part of Alma programmed to rescue. Just as she does with all the other treasures she finds… Alma brings him home.
On a quest to find his mother, Rumor is searching for a treasure of his own, and who better to help him find it than her?
Heartfelt and moving, Alma Underwood Is Not A Kleptomaniac explores the emotional layers of teen homelessness, the trouble with foster care, and living with a physical disability.
“This is gorgeous YA, coming-of-age romance with a physically disabled hero and a do-good heroine that was completely hard to resist. It had a whole host of quirky, lovable secondary characters that made you smile and laugh all at the same time.”
LJ Evans, award-winning author
“Original. Interesting. Heartwarming. Quirky.”
Kristen Granata, author of Bring Me Back