Publicity starts creeping in…

The Confessional mentioned in a blog…Blog says, “Call it Young Adult if you want to, but this book had me turning pages all night long. Definitely in the cross-over category of YA – content is VERY adult, but also VERY real to what so many of our nation’s “children” are witness to every day. This book can get any class of students wanting to read to the end and talking the whole way through about issues of terrorism, racism, classism, sexism (LOTS on the male side of this and the pressures placed on young men), homophobism, family, community, education and religion. Whew!. This book lacks for nothing in terms of topics, yet leaves so much to be discussed and explored.”

Cover art praised in Fuse #8.

Mentioned in Curbstone’s INK Recommended From Other Presses

Blue Willow Bookstop in Houston mentions my upcoming reading in their store….

Listed on the 2007 Teen Books You Must Order Now!!! list

I like this description on one bookstore webpage: “Seven teens come to terms with themselves and their loyalty to one another when classmates and enemies from different sides of the Mexican border do battle and a murder takes place, in a powerful novel about friendship, racism, and faith for young adults.”

Comments 7

  1. Tabitha

    My order for a copy is ready! I can’t wait for the release. Tab

  2. Erik

    Sweet! Nice to be getting some feedback on the net.

    I have another YA book for your list, David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd (1957). I just finished reading David Weber’s At All Costs, and he mentions Ormondroyd’s book in the afterword. He said it was an inspiration to him, and that he has been surprised by how many others he’s met who also thought it was one of the best children’s books they had encountered.

  3. Emily Jiang

    Congrats on all this great pre-publication publicity!

  4. Erik

    Oh, I also found another author blog you might find interesting. Eric Flint is one of my favorite sci-fi authors, and he has put what he calls “snippets” of his writing on his blog, both in the initial draft and final form. They don’t constitute the whole book, but they sure are a nifty way of keeping fans apprised of (and anticipating) a new release. Baen Books is of course very open-minded about electronic publishing, so it might be easier for him, but you should consider retaining electronic rights to try something like his snippets.

  5. Erik

    Check the time-setting on your blog too. It looks like you’ve set it for Azores, Portugal time or Casablanca time or something. (Which I note oddly is exactly 12 hours off of Auckland, NZ. Hmmm.)

  6. Jess

    I don’t think I ever set the time on my blog. I’ll have to figure out how to do that.

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