Backyard Days

Children & Young Adult, Children's Books, Children's Books Age 10+, Children's Books Friends / Family

A thrilling quest, family life on the brink of lockdown, and the growth of a friendship at the unlikeliest of times

In reality, Maya would have preferred to get an axolotl rather than a rabbit. She only realizes how fond she is of Hannibal when he runs away. The problem: life around them is at a standstill, and everyone is supposed to stay at home. How, pray tell, is she supposed to find her rabbit again? Maya receives unexpected help from cool kid Niko, who lives in the building behind the one her family occupies. The two of them secretly scour the neighboring backyards and keep a lookout from their roofs, while Dad sets up an indoor exercise bike and Maya’s younger sister produces a sourdough dubbed “Doughy” in order to bake bread. Could their weird doomsday prepper neighbor have something to do with Hannibal’s disappearance? And what about old Mrs. D’Amico’s habit of dumping masses of cucumber peels in the compost bin?

• A story of friendship against the backdrop of our new reality
• Packed full of humor and accurate observations of everyday life – Maya is a tough, quick-witted first-person narrator

Anna Maria Praßler
Felicitas Horstschäfer

Felicitas Horstschäfer studied design at the FH Münster, and since 2009, she has worked as a freelance designer for publishers in Germany and abroad. She currently lives in Berlin, because everything there is so vibrant and colorful. When she isn’t creating books, she spends her time watching the woodpecker and hedgehog in her garden.

Backyard Days

A thrilling quest, family life on the brink of lockdown, and the growth of a friendship at the unlikeliest of times

In reality, Maya would have preferred to get an axolotl rather than a rabbit. She only realizes how fond she is of Hannibal when he runs away. The problem: life around them is at a standstill, and everyone is supposed to stay at home. How, pray tell, is she supposed to find her rabbit again? Maya receives unexpected help from cool kid Niko, who lives in the building behind the one her family occupies. The two of them secretly scour the neighboring backyards and keep a lookout from their roofs, while Dad sets up an indoor exercise bike and Maya’s younger sister produces a sourdough dubbed “Doughy” in order to bake bread. Could their weird doomsday prepper neighbor have something to do with Hannibal’s disappearance? And what about old Mrs. D’Amico’s habit of dumping masses of cucumber peels in the compost bin?

• A story of friendship against the backdrop of our new reality
• Packed full of humor and accurate observations of everyday life – Maya is a tough, quick-witted first-person narrator

Bibliographic Data
256 pages, ISBN: 978-3-95470-256-5
First published 2021