Book Birthday Bash: Life in the Balance

Book Birthday Bash


Life in the BalanceHappy Book Birthday to LIFE IN THE BALANCE!

In this middle-grade novel, Veronica Conway has been looking forward to trying out for the All-Star softball team for years. She’s practically been playing the game since she was a baby. She should have this tryout on lock. Except right before tryouts, Veronica’s mom announces that she’s entering rehab for alcoholism, and her dad tells her that they may not be able to afford the fees needed to be on the team. Veronica decides to enter the town talent show in an effort to make her own money, but along the way discovers a new hobby that leads her to doubt her feelings for the game she thought she loved so much. Is her mom the only one learning balance, or can Veronica find a way to discover what she really wants to do with her life?

We’re so happy you’re at our party for LIFE IN THE BALANCE. Join in the fun…


Veronica would love to have this party in the outfield of the town softball field. It’d be a bright, sunny day, so she could play catch or even a game of pick-up with her friends, but they could also use the field for just sprawling out on the grass, talking, or an impromptu karaoke session!


Pop songs! Veronica loves female singer-songwriters and is a huge fan of Taylor Swift and anyone of that genre. Anything upbeat, enthusiastic, and with a great beat. After all, there is so much sad stuff going on right now—music is a great escape.


Snacks galore! Veronica loves apples and peanut butter, and her dad is a huge fan of Ritz crackers. Pretzels, chips, Doritos, and ice cream, of course. ALL the ice cream.


Softball, of course. But, as Veronica learns throughout the course of LIFE IN THE BALANCE, sometimes one thing can’t be your entire life. So we’d add in a little karaoke, maybe even some of those silly games she used to play as a kid–tag or Red Rover could be fun.


Everyone would totally get an iTunes gift card to practice songs *they* might want to sing for the next town talent show!

LIFE IN THE BALANCE is written by Jen Petro-Roy and published by Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

Jen Petro-Roy

Jen Petro-Roy

Jen Petro-Roy writes “honest books with heart,” about kids who are strong, determined, unsure, struggling to fit in, bubbly, shy, and everything in between. She is the author of P.S. I MISS YOU, GOOD ENOUGH, YOU ARE ENOUGH, and LIFE IN THE BALANCE, all from Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. When she isn’t writing, Jen can be found reading, playing board games, belting out songs in the car to embarrass her two daughters, and working as an eating disorder awareness advocate Website: Twitter: @jpetroroy Instagram: @jpetroroy

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