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Young Adult bundle features Offside

If you’ve haven’t read my novel Offside, you’ll never get a better opportunity. (And if you have read it, there’s a great opportunity for you, too.)

Offside is part of an exciting bundle of Young Adult novels called The Light in the Dark YA Bundle. And the neat thing about really good YA is that adults love it, too. (Ever hear of Harry Potter?)

With this bundle, you can spend as little as five dollars and get five novels (including Offside), or spend fifteen and get thirteen novels.

From Allyson Longueira, who curated the bundle:

Each book in this bundle sparks a light in the dark. Sometimes, that light comes from within. Sometimes, the characters must fight back the darkness to find it. And their stories demonstrate the incredible diversity of young adult fiction, from lighthearted and inspirational to dark and gritty.

These eleven fantastically versatile authors provided thirteen books that offer magic, triumph, humor, daring, hardship, and resilience. Sometimes, all in one.

It’s such a great deal, you really can’t go wrong even if you’ve already read Offside. What’s more, you can designate part of the proceeds go to a charity called SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). Since 1992, SMART has been pairing caring adult volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to take home and keep. SMART volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.

Click here.

A wonderful day at Lynn English High School

Oh… my… God. What a response at Lynn English High! The school adopted my novel Offside for its summer reading and on Friday, September 30, I spoke at two assemblies (one for Freshmen/Sophomores, the other for Juniors/Seniors). Those kids loved the novel and they loved me coming there to speak to them.

It took my breath away. The applause was thunderous, especially with the juniors and seniors, and went on and on and on, with one group chanting, “Offside! Offside! Offside!

After the talk, I signed copy after copy after copy of the novel, with the students telling me how much they loved it, and for those students who didn’t have their books with them, I signed agenda books, post-it notes that the students were going to put in their books, and–no exaggeration– about a dozen bare arms and a couple backpacks.

This was Writers’ Heaven. There can be no drug possible to induce a high like the one those students made me feel. Just unbelievable. Thanks to everyone at LEHS for making the day possible.

[I’ll upload a couple photos as soon as I get past some formatting issues.]

A favorite photo

Here’s a photo of my awesome new friend, Tyler, holding copies of Cracking the Ice and Offside.  Tyler, hope you like both of them!

Tyler