The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole (Hardcover)
This book about family, loss, and space is sweeter than fresh-baked cookies and it’s dorkier than Carl Sagan playing with a Storm Neptunian action figure in zero-G. It’s funnier than an enormous stinky mutant hamster with life-threatening burps and it’s sad enough to make me cry, but in a nice way. Stella Rodriguez is just trying to get her only recording of her dad onto the Golden Record (aliens like puns too!) when a black hole follows her home. Good thing it’s just a tiny one...at first. -Lauren— From Fall Booknotes 2017
A girl's friendship with a lonely black hole leads her to face her own sadness in this original, funny, and touching middle grade novel for fans of Crenshaw and Flora & Ulysses.
When eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan's Golden Record, something unexpected happens: A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live in her house as a pet. The black hole swallows everything he touches, which is challenging to say the least—but also turns out to be a convenient way to get rid of those items that Stella doesn't want around. Soon the ugly sweaters her aunt has made for her all disappear within the black hole, as does the smelly class hamster she's taking care of, and most important, all the reminders of her dead father that are just too painful to have around.
It's not until Stella, her younger brother, Cosmo, the family puppy, and even the bathroom tub all get swallowed up by the black hole that Stella comes to realize she has been letting her own grief consume her. And that's not the only thing she realizes as she attempts to get back home. This is an astonishingly original and funny adventure with a great big heart.
About the Author
Michelle Cuevas graduated from Williams College and holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She lives in Massachusetts.
Praise for The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole
"An original tale of family love, scientific passion, and a truly epic journey of self-discovery." —Kirkus
"As much a journey of grief and healing as a literal adventure, Cuevas's story is both touching and funny." —Booklist