||Always on the lookout for a fast buck, twelve-year old tycoon Ernie
stumbles onto a money-making bonanza: pet funerals. He hires Dusty
to decorate the burial boxes and Tony to dig the holes but his prize
find is Swimming Pool, a tomboy who delivers a crying jag not to be
missed. Business goes through the roof -- that is, until Ernie
loses Swimming Pool over a raise and the whole venture unravels. A
rollicking, fun-spirited novel about friendship, loss, business -- and
how we learn to express our feelings.
As a stage play, The Beloved Dearly was awarded TADA!'s First
Look Prize and toured by Lincoln Center Institute in a production
directed by Elizabeth Swados. The play has also been produced at
TADA!, South Coast Rep, Florida Stage, and Riverside Children's Theatre
and been published by Dramatic Publishing.