by Kara Lucas
Release: September 1, 2015
Kids in Bravo Hills trailer park usually have to grow up fast, and fifteen-year-old Jesse Sampson is no exception. With a meth addict for a mom and a drug dealer for a stepdad, Jesse spends most nights taking care of his sister, Pony. But when the cops arrest his mom for a mini-mart robbery gone wrong, Jesse hides his sister under a pile of dirty clothes and escapes through a window. In the morning, he finds his mom and stepdad arrested, and Pony gone.
And due to a botched drug deal, she may also be in danger.
Scared, homeless, and desperate to find her, Jesse sets off on a trek that sends him from dusty rural back roads to the drug-infested streets of Los Angeles. He must dodge drug dealers, gangs, cops, and social workers as he searches to find Pony and ultimately, himself.
“FINDING PONY is the kind of first novel that reminds you of what it felt like to fall in love with reading,” says Bonnie Hearn Hill, Kara’s writing mentor and New York Times Bestselling Author. “This may be the first book by Kara Lucas, but it won’t be the last. If you like issue-driven fiction drawn with equal sensitivity and honesty, I recommend PONY. This story has it all–strong, sympathetic characters, the brutal reality of the foster-care system (a subject the author, a social worker, knows well), and a realistic depiction of these often scary yet sometimes hopeful times in which we live.”
Kara Lucas has been a social worker for over twenty years and has worked in all divisions of child protective services and for the last seven years, adoptions. She is passionate about advocating for kids in foster care, especially teens. She lives in Central California with her family and enjoys hiking and reading. This is her first novel.