806: A Novel
Who is donor 806? His three kids are going to find out.
Sibling 1 throws blenders and plays guitar. Sibling 2 is allergic to everything and is into magic. Sibling 3 is a varsity swimmer with a group of female fans. Enough said. The only thing they have in common is their biological father, and the only thing they can agree on is that they all want to meet him.
With the help of a broken-down, “borrowed” Jeep, KT, Jesse, and Gabe make their way across the country evading police, trying their luck on the slots, and meeting a life-changing pig, all to track down Donor 806, their father. Any hope of success requires smarts, luck, and ingenuity. Good thing they have each other…even if they don’t see it that way.
Young Adult | Ages 13 & up
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-939100-14-6 | 240 pages | $16.99
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-939100-26-9 | 240 pages | $16.99
Meet the Author
Cynthia Weil is an internationally known lyricist with songs from “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” the most played song of the twentieth century, to the Oscar-nominated and double Grammy-winning “Somewhere Out There” from the animated film An American Tail. Her lyrics have been sung by the legendary voices of Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, and Kanye West. She has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in addition to multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. It is only fitting, then, that 806 has a teen songwriter as its main character.
Currently featured as a character in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Cynthia resides in Los Angeles with her husband and songwriting partner, Barry Mann, and dog Callie. When not writing lyrics, you can find Cynthia fighting for animal rights, supporting young artists, or crafting her next book filled with music, dynamic relationships, and discovery.
“A sweet story full of heart, 806 reminds us that people are not always who they seem to be on the surface. Perfect for conversations about non-traditional families and identity, readers will enjoy this humorous and touching story that plays into that childhood fantasy that maybe our parents are secretly a lot cooler than we believe them to be. 806 is cheerful, fun, and is sure to delight readers.”
“806 is a lighthearted treatment of a serious topic…the book is wonderful and relatable for kids who may not have grown up in traditional biological families [and] reminds readers that other people, no matter how different they may seem, often share the same hopes and fears, and knowing that makes everything a little less lonely.”
“Fortune and misfortune are painted with broad, colorful strokes, and readers will enjoy predicting how the outrageous adventure will end.“
“Taking on the thought-provoking topic of sperm donor kids seeking their father while facing challenges and disappointments along the way, the story is balanced by its humor, newfound familial relationships, and heartfelt moments.”
—The Entertainment Report
“[T]his fast-paced, humorous novel by renowned songwriter Weil…explores the real issues confronting children of sperm donors.”
“I completely enjoyed the modern day fairy tale with many interesting twists, lots of heart, and a satisfying happy ending!”
—Alexandra Uhl, Owner of A Whale of a Tale
“Defying odds, the 806 crew found family on this teen road trip full of hijinks, humor and plenty of heart. One wild ride not to be missed!”
—Maureen Palacios, Owner of Once Upon a Time, America’s oldest children’s bookstore