Elvis and the World As It Stands


A poignant middle-grade story about loss and finding family from the point of view of a newly adopted kitten

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Lisa Frenkel Riddiough


Most shelter animals dream of going home with a forever family. But for Elvis, being chosen by Mrs. Pemberton is a nightmare. He’s been separated from his sister, Etta, and is determined to get back to the shelter to find her. In spite of himself, Elvis becomes curious about ten-year-old Georgina Pemberton, who builds LEGO skyscrapers in her bedroom while navigating her parents’ separation. The longer he’s in his new home, the more he starts recognizing new feelings: admiration for Georgina’s creations, affection for the other pets, and even empathy for the Pembertons-despite their inability to listen.

As Georgina sets out to build her most important skyscrapers yet-the Twin Towers-Elvis realizes that maybe both humans and animals can take a page from Georgina’s Big Book of American Architecture and “build a world of their own choosing,” even if the choices aren’t what they’d initially expected.

Additional information

Weight 373 g
Dimensions 14.9 x 21.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 25 November 2021
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
Dimensions 14.9 x 21.1 cm
Weight 373 g


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Lisa Frenkel Riddiough is a Northern California–based writer who earned her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University. She is a former sales executive, an avid squirrel watcher, a frequent baker of chocolate pound cake, and an exclamation point enthusiast! Elvis and the World As It Stands is her debut novel!!

Olivia Chin Mueller grew up in the small town of Chester, Connecticut, and now lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Besides illustrating, Olivia loves playing with her cats, raising silk moths, collecting anything cute, and sewing and felting miniature animals.