Katherine Ernst (whatremains on QT) has signed with agent Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency.
Twelve-year-old Emily Pincus is half-Jewish, half-Mennonite, and the wrong half for both.
When Emily’s parents divorce, her mother takes her to live with her Mennonite grandparents. (Think coverings and no television, not horse & buggies and no electricity). While her family loves her, Emily feels like an outsider. It’s small consolation to be one of “God’s chosen people” when you don’t even know which Bible verse that comes from.
After Emily’s cousin says that her parents’ marriage was doomed to fail because only Christians can know true love, Emily sets out to scientifically prove her cousin wrong. She might not know Ishmael from Isaac, but she makes it her goal to strictly follow all the rules in the Bible for being a loving person.
Being perfectly loving is easier said than done, however, especially with an annoying little brother, a needy friend at school, and a cousin who seems perpetually irritated with her. No matter how hard it is, though, Emily is determined to prove her cousin wrong because if she’s right, Emily’s prospects for a happy life are in jeopardy.
My Contemporary Middle Grade novel WHAT REMAINS is Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret meets the Pennsylvania Dutch. Complete at 32,000 words, this book is in the format of Emily’s science experiment. The pitch for this novel recently won The Book Doctor’s Pitchapalooza held in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I write for CBS Local’s Arts & Culture beat in Philadelphia, and I blog at www.KatherineErnstWrites.com. Moreover, I am myself half-Mennonite and half-Jewish, making me the perfect person to write this book.