Thought for the Day:
|George & my sister Nance|
|Gehrig, my All-Star|
to first for an out while on the run. His whole team played really, really well and beat a tough team 9-6. That was a tremendous up to end the weekend.
had a workshop on Saturday on revision and a critique group meeting today — I am going to post a review I wrote for the San Francisco Book Review a while back. It’s a terrific book and I never got around to reviewing it here. The book is Fake ID by Lamar Giles. Here is my review.
Being the new kid at school is never easy, but it can be particularly difficult in high school, especially when you’re busy learning a new identity. Nick Pearson is not the first identity he has had to learn. At least Nick seems to have made a friend at his new school, but it’s clear he has made some enemies as well. The family is in Witness Protection, and the guy Nick makes friends with, Eli, runs the school newspaper all by himself and happens to have the hottest girl in the school for a sister. Eli is a true investigative reporter and is about to blow the lid off the little town they live in and, Nick realizes, will blow his family’s cover at the same time. Before that can happen, though, Eli is dead. The official story is suicide, but Nick and Eli’s sister, Reyna, know it isn’t, and they intend to find out what happened and who did it. Terrible things start happening around them and to them. Eli is not the only one to die.
“Truth: growing up around the people I’d been around, being part of a family like mine, I used to think being dragged to a police station was cool—a rite of passage. I heard my dad’s friends tell jail stories like they were vacation memories.”
This debut novel by Lamar Giles is full of tension and mystery with lots of twists, turns, and dead ends.
I liked Fake ID a lot. It was really hard to put down. It should be very popular
with the middle-school crowd and those in high school. I have a gently-used ARC for one of you. All you need do is have a US address, be a follower or email subscriber (Let me know which and if you haven’t signed up yet, check the right-hand column. Free and easy. ), and leave a comment. Your name will go in a drawing. If you would like extra chances, spread the word about the giveaway by Tweeting or posting on Facebook or your own blog. Let me know what you have done, and I will give you extra chances.
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