Far From the Tree

Hello friends! It’s me, your friendly neighborhood author! You may not have heard much from me over the past several years here at Ye Olde Blog, but that’s because I’ve been doing very important things like eating string cheese and teaching Hudson how to do the Mannequin Challenge.

In between all of these exciting and action-packed activities, though, I’ve also been writing a book called FAR FROM THE TREE. Well, “writing” seems to stretch the truth a bit. There was definitely writing, but there were also some real hand-wringing moments of despair where I thought I’d never figure out this book, its plot, or its characters. This is my sixth book, so you’d think it’d be easy to write it. WRONG. WRONG WRONG WRONG. It was the hardest book I’ve ever written, hands down, but I’m so proud of it and I can’t wait to share it with you.

It’s a book about family and love and parents and siblings, and how those things change over time, interacting with each other and becoming more than the sum of their parts. I think the jacket copy explains it better than I can:

Coming October 3, 2017 from Harper Teen

“Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.”

Also? I’m kind of hopelessly in love with its cover. (Click for full-size version)

This gorgeous jacket was designed by Philip Pascuzzo over at Pepco Studio, and I’d just like to say that I am FURIOUSLY HAPPY about it! I think it’s a perfect representation of Joaquin, Maya, and Grace and their stories.

I can’t wait for you to meet them.

In the meantime, you’re welcome to add FAR FROM THE TREE to Goodreads or pre-order at your local indie bookstore or other such establishments.




I’m looking forward to sharing more news and updates with you, but in the meantime, I hope your winter is thawing into spring and you’re doing well. Hudson sends his love. So do I.

RB xo

A teeny-tiny update

Hi there!

As you might know, I’m currently on a social media break. (If you’re also on a social media break, then you probably didn’t know this. Such is life.) I’m currently in the trenches binge-watching “UnREAL” on Hulu working hard on my next book, but there are a few tiny little updates in EMMY & OLIVER land that I wanted to share with you.

Let’s number them. I love a good numbered list.

1. EMMY & OLIVER is coming to Latin America! I’m so thrilled that my little book is making its way into Central & South America. It’ll be published first in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, with plans to expand into more countries later. And don’t worry, Brazil, I’ve got you covered. E&O will be published there in April 2017.

2. I am beyond thrilled to point out that E&O is on the 2017 Master List for the Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award. Quite frankly, I don’t know what to do with this info besides scream internally and hug myself with joy, but thank you to everyone who was responsible for putting it on this list! I’m pleased as punch to be included with so many amazing authors & books.

3. I’m going out in public! That’s right, brace yourself, I’m slapping on some mascara and heading into the world. If you live in Los Angeles, I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10, and then at YallWest in Santa Monica on April 30 & May 1. As soon as I have more info, it’ll be posted on my events page. STAY TUNED.

I hope you’re all happy and well and doing good things. And finally, what you came here for in the first place: a picture of Hudson, being the editing taskmaster that he is.


RB xo