KAT GREENE COMES CLEAN is Melissa’s debut middle-grade novel. It will be published by Charlesbridge on August 22, 2017.
Eleven-year-old Kat Greene has a lot on her pre-rinsed plate, thanks to her divorced mom’s obsession with cleaning. When Mom isn’t scrubbing every inch of their Greenwich Village apartment, she’s boiling the silverware or checking Kat’s sheets for bedbugs. It’s enough to drive any middle schooler crazy! Add friendship troubles to the mix, a crummy role in the school play, and Mom’s decision to try out for “Clean Sweep,” a competitive-cleaning TV game show, and what have you got? More trouble than Kat can handle… without, at least, a little help from her friends.
Julie Bliven at Charlesbridge has bought Kat Greene Comes Clean, a debut middle-grade novel by Melissa Roske. The novel is told from the perspective of Kat, a 12-year-old navigating friendships, the school play, and first crushes as she notices her mother’s OCD escalate when her mom joins a competitive-cleaning TV game show. Publication is set for 2017; Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
– Publisher’s Weekly