Beth Hautala

Children's Author


Big News!

I feel like I've been waiting MONTHS to share this, and now I finally can! It is with such delight that I can finally say, I have another book on the way! THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS found a home with Philomel/Penguin this week, and I am overjoyed to be working with the marvelous people there once more. Thanks for all the warmth and support, my friends! I can't wait to share this new book with you! Stay tuned for updates!

Here's the rundown for the new project:

Olivia Grant, finder-of-lost-things-extraordinaire, is afraid of becoming just like her Autistic older brother. And she has a list of things she can never do—things her brother does all the time—to help keep her in check. But Olivia’s Neverdo list gets pretty messy when she unintentionally breaks the law. And as punishment, spends her summer in community service at the local zoo. To complicate matters, one of the zoo animals, an ostrich named Marge, keeps escaping her pen and showing up in Olivia’s backyard. 
Getting the part of Wendy in the summer theatre production of Peter Pan helps ease sting of community service and gives Olivia a chance to finally do something for herself—something her brother can’t mess up. But those hopes are dashed when her brother unexpectedly gets the part of Peter and throws everything into jeopardy.
An unexpected friendship with the zookeeper’s son Peter, who happens to be blind, starts to open Olivia’s eyes to the beauty of being different. And together Peter and Olivia set out to uncover the mystery of the escaping ostrich. But as her list of Neverdos grows, Olivia starts running out of time to find the one missing thing that will fix her brother, and save her from becoming like him. But when Jacob finally does the unthinkable and ruins everything, Olivia looses her temper, and Jacob disappears. With fear and guilt chasing her down, she must come to realize that sometimes life is a zoo. And learning to love others despite their lostness, and love yourself despite your mistakes is hard work. Harder than cleaning out monkey cages, or standing on stage, or finding a missing Ostrich. 
Often things that can’t be found leave room for the things that never go missing, and Olivia discovers that she has something beautiful to offer the world, no matter how lost or found she is.