Atty in Love (Hardcover)

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A tender and funny contemporary young adult follow-up to the highly praised Atty at Law, Atty in Love explores first love and includes an interview with a real-life animal rights lawyer.

When feisty 13 year old Atticus Peale meets a mysterious boy in her Alabama town, she has to make a tough choice between her values as an activist and her first real love.

Atticus T. Peale—Atty for short—is thirteen and a self-described advocate for animals. She’s also a vegetarian atheist in the heart of the Deep South’s bible belt, where ribs and guns and church are a way of life, and euthanizing animals is just the way they’ve always dealt with strays.

Having already been to court to save her dog Easy, Atty spends a lot of her free time designing plans for a no-kill-shelter in her small Alabama town while juggling school work, hanging out with her best friend Reagan, and battling “the blues.”  

But when Atty meets a mysterious boy at the county fair, her world begins to crumble. As it becomes increasingly clear that this boy—with his wild hair and rough hands--works with a captive animal, Atty must choose between her own values and the boy she's fallen for.

Atty in Love is about the tough choices that arise when two principled people disagree. It is also a story about what it means to, as Atty likes to say, “contain multitudes”—to love both men and women, to defend your mixed-race family in the American South, to care for someone who experiences the world in fundamentally different ways than you do. Tender and laugh-out-loud funny, the book includes an interview with the Harvard Animal Law and Policy Clinic’s real-life animal law expert Katherine Meyer.

About the Author

Tim Lockette is a teacher, writer, and former journalist who lives in Jacksonville, Alabama. His first novel, Atty at Law, was called “A double-must-read for all animal lovers” in a starred review from Kirkus. His most recent novel, Tell It True, won the Whippoorwill Book Award, which honors books that dispel stereotypes about young people in rural areas and small towns.

Praise For…

"Charming, funny, and heartfelt, Atty in Love celebrates the excitement of first-time love while also embracing its awkwardness and complexity. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read for both teens and teens at heart."
—Ruth Emmie Lang, author of The Wilderwoman and Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

Product Details
ISBN: 9781644213988
ISBN-10: 1644213982
Publisher: Triangle Square
Publication Date: September 17th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English