LastPlaceOnEarth (5)So guess what? I wrote another book! And that book has a really cool cover! And that cover has been out on the Internet for a few weeks now, but I am only now getting around to mentioning it! (Among the many skills I’ve never mastered — downhill skiing, parallel parking, closing out iPhone apps — the book cover reveal is one thing I should have figured out by now.)

So here it is: the cover to THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH, a young adult novel to be published by Henry Holt in February 2016. Since I wasn’t even close to being the first to share this image, I should at least add something new to the conversation. (I use the word “conversation” loosely. Blogging always seems like chatting to myself in an empty room, but at least that is not as bad as tweeting, which makes me feel like I’ve stepped outside, yelled something random, then run back into my house and locked the door behind me before I could confirm that no one on the street was paying attention.)

And so, here, for the first time on the Internet, is the book jacket copy:

Henry Hawking is sixteen years old, brilliant, funny, and sly. And now he’s missing. But no one seems worried except his best friend, Daisy Cruz, who knows that Henry’s security-obsessed parents would never leave town without taking proper precautions. And Henry would never go away without saying goodbye.

Daisy considers all of the obvious explanations for Henry’s disappearance (federal witness protection program, alien abduction) before hacking Henry’s home alarm system and sneaking into his house, where she finds a note that pleads, “SAVE ME.”

When another classmate disappears, Daisy panics, but soon she receives a text message that leads her from her crowded California suburb to a dusty road deep in the mountains and beyond. What she finds there makes her wonder if she ever knew Henry at all . . . and makes her fear that the world as she knows it will never be the same.

Hungry for more? (Smile and nod, people. Smile and nod.) Here’s the first chapter. I hope you like it.