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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.

For writers: getting out of your comfort zone

Play it safe or get out of your comfort zone?  Here’s a two-part essay I wrote on the topic, drawing on my own experiences.

Part 1

Part 2 

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.]

Upcoming publications

Here’s an update of what’s on the way the next few months.

My next Young Adult Historical/Sports novel is scheduled for an October 15 release date. If you likedCracking the Ice, you’ll love this new title. It’s set in 1967, the year before Cracking the Ice, and includes a minor role for that novel’s hero, Jessie Stackhouse. This time, the sport is football with some baseball sprinkled in. But whether you’re a sports fan or not, I think you’ll find this book a compelling read.

For romance fans who liked Body Check, your next title is slated for a Christmas release. I’m hard at work on it now and although there’s still a long way to go, I’m really excited about this one.

I still don’t have a publication date for my story “Huram’s Temple” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, but I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I know.

Cracking the Ice now available in electronic formats

Pentucket Publishing has released my novel Cracking the Ice, which was released in hardcover by WestSide Books two years ago.

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In 1968, at the height of the Civil Rights struggle, Jessie Stackhouse leaves home to break the color line at an elite, all-white prep school. He arrives filled with dreams of winning championships and eventually playing in the NHL, but soon finds that the coach doesn’t want him there and neither do most of his teammates. They’ll go to almost any extreme to make him leave. Jessie must overcome not only the team in the other locker room, but the even more dangerous one in his own.

“Hendrickson’s debut novel paints a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil.” — Booklist

“A worthy, if heartwrenching read…. The best of humanity is explored — and some of the worst, exposed. It is very readable, written with a clear and powerful voice, and is engaging from beginning to end.” — Long and Short Reviews (four stars)

“One of the most interesting books I’ve read this year, a one-of-a-kind book.” — Reading in Color

“Cracking the Ice scores the literary equivalent of a hat-trick: funny, harrowing and finally, heartfelt. This book is a winner.” –Greg Neri, author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

“I started reading Cracking the Ice and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse’s generosity, hope, and intelligence touched my heart…. Usually I go to bed early; however, I kept reading Cracking the Ice until I turned to the last page.” –Joyce Carol Thomas, National Book Award and American Book Award winner.

“A compelling, civil rights tale of a young man’s coming of age on the ice. Hendrickson personalizes history with unforgettable characters.” –Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

“The riveting plot and realistic characters powerfully expose the racial stereotypes, racism and violence that plagued African-American students recruited to elite prep schools in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hendrickson shows the turmoil of these critical years through the eyes of his story’s heroes, villains and victims, marvelously and realistically portraying one of the most critical moments in school integration and civil rights.” — Lillie Johnson Edwards, Ph.D., Professor of History and African-American Studies at Drew University

Congrats to Scott Carter

Congratulations to my friend Scott William Carter for winning the Oregon Book Award.  His terrific Young Adult novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, won the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature

Check out Scott’s work, both his novels and short stories. He’s an excellent writer.