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ANA AND ZAK in German!

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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Available in February! Thanks Julia Malik and DTV Publishing!

School Library Journal review of DEACON LOCKE

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM | Brian Katcher

Gr 8 Up–When Deacon Locke can’t find a date for the senior prom, he decides to invite his grandmother Jean, who missed her own prom because her date (Deacon’s grandfather) was serving in the Vietnam War. Deacon has never been able to depend on his fly-by-night father, and his mother isn’t in the picture: Jean, with whom he has been living for the past two years, has been the sole rock in his life. When a video of the unlikely couple dancing at the prom goes viral, awkward, loner Deacon experiences his first taste of popularity. As he looks toward the future, he grapples with his newfound celebrity; pursues a relationship with his dance instructor, Soraya; and realizes that Jean may be dealing with dementia. While Deacon occasionally comes off as insensitive when it comes to race and gender (“The non-politically-correct part of my mind wonders if [Soraya] has an exotic accent”), he grows and develops as he learns of the bigotry that Soraya, who is Muslim, has confronted. The plot is somewhat predictable in places (Soraya and Deacon’s relationship is temporarily derailed when another suitor asks Soraya out right before Deacon can), and characterizations are a little thin. However, Deacon’s wryly self-deprecating voice will resonate with readers, and Katcher’s commentary on Internet fame rings true. Teens will enjoy this light but touching tale of maturation. VERDICT Those seeking coming-of-age stories with a bit of romance will be pleased with this quick, heartfelt read.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

ANA AND ZAK nominated for the Missouri Gateway Award!

Monday, December 12th, 2016

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Thanks to everyone who made that happen!

MSTA Book List

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

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My next book, May 2017!

Almost Perfect Makes List of Challenged Books

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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According to this article in School Library Journal, ALMOST PERFECT was challenged by a parent who submitted a whopping twenty pages of notes as to why it should be removed from the school library.

ANA AND ZAK now available in paperback

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Title kind of says it all. Buy now, before the Christmas rush.

Total Lit Parties: ANA AND ZAK

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Totally Lit Parties: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

Check out FYA’s ANA AND ZAK themed ideas for a party!

Carl Junction Fine Arts Conference

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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Gateway Award Nominee!

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

ANA AND ZAK has made the list of preliminary Gateway Award Nominees! Thanks to everyone involved!