Owen and Eleanor Move In

Sparkhouse Family, April 2018.

When Eleanor moves into the downstairs apartment in Owen’s duplex, Owen teaches her how to fence (sort of) and how to make secret codes, and Eleanor teaches him how to build a pulley system to send notes and brownies between their apartments.

It looks like it will be a great summer… except that Eleanor doesn’t plan to stay. She wants her old house back, the house across town with the cool tree house—and she plans to run away and live in the tree house. Owen kind-of-accidentally promises to keep her secret and to help her escape—and then feels terrible, since he knows neither of them are allowed to ride the bus by themselves, much less run away from home. Owen and Eleanor Move In is a story about what it means to have a home . . . and what it means to be a friend.

Owen and Eleanor Move In is ideal for early readers, about ages 5-9. The book is published by Sparkhouse Family–their first foray into chapter books!


“Tender and funny, and the kids’ voices are absolutely spot-on.”  –Lynne Jonell, author of Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat and The Secret of Zoom

“The author handled diversity of thought, race, and experiences so masterfully. Authentic and relatable … it is simply one of the best books on friendship, transition, and family, I’ve read this year.”  –Osheta Moore, author of Shalom Sistas

“A heart-warming story about friendship and faith, with plenty of great humor. Eleanor and Owen are sure to win over readers.”  —Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the Jasmine Toguchi series.

“Faith and friendship are at the heart of Bouwman’s new chapter-book series. …A sweet start ripe for more installments.” —Kirkus

• Owen and Eleanor Move In is a Junior Library Guild selection!

Owen and Eleanor Move In is a finalist for the 2018 Cybils!