A middle grade contemporary novel, WHEN HOMEWORK COMES ALIVE is a mash-up of Judy Blume’s relatable characters and the chaotic adventure and humour of Night at the Museum. It explores themes of sisters, friendship, depression, and found family.
Twelve-year-old Flynn’s hometown is famous for its film studio. Cool, right? Not when her single-parent dad works day and night driving the celebrities around. Which just leaves her and the only mother figure she’s ever known: big sister Kim—who’s definitely broken because for months now she just lays in bed and is always sad. So, Flynn collects her sister’s homework from the high school to keep things normal.
When one of Kim’s assignments involves hosting a dinner party for famous dead literary figures, Flynn knows this is the last opportunity to make her book-loving sister happy again. With a whispered wish that her calligraphy pen can work magic, Flynn prepares the invitations. Soon there’s a knock at the door and the dead start arriving. Flynn’s wish came true—yay! But then she makes a terrible discovery: Kim is gone.
A surprise poisoning, a found diary, and a lot of cake lead Flynn to discover her historical guests are the clue to figuring out where Kim is and, most important of all, what’s wrong with her. Flynn will do everything to get the “real” Kim back and stop her sister from being broken, but the authors disappear at sunrise so she better hurry or Kim might be lost forever.