Peter Gould, Author

Sixteen-year-old Victor, a thoughtful loner who tries to live his life “under the radar,” wants to test out the saying “You have to be naked to write.” When he sneaks off with an old Royal typewriter to his uncle’s cabin deep in the Vermont woods and strips off his clothes, he expects Thoreau-like solitude.

What he gets is something else—both funny and, as his high school English teacher likes to say, “transformative.” For he discovers a face in the window watching him—Rose Anna, a homeschooled free spirit with an antique fountain pen and a passion to save the planet.

Their unexpected encounter marks the beginning of an inspired writing partnership—and a relationship as timeless and eager as the Vermont woods in spring.

Melanie Kroupa Books
Farrar Strauss and Giroux
Age Range: 14 and up
ISBN: 978-0-374-38483-8
ISBN-10: 0-374-38483-5
Hardcover, $16.95

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised, and a little dismayed, that such a gem of a book has not gotten any comments.

    Peter, I have read an innumberable amount of young adult novels, and I picked yours up simply because I want to be a writer. The title caught my eye at the library, the cover was ordinary, and the flavor text was somewhat average. I flipped it open, picked a random page and read it. I didn't stop reading the book. I stood in the library, rooted to the spot, and read. Eventually I made it to my car, but I sat inside the car and kept reading.

    Having just finished it I have to say that it is one of the best young adult novels I have ever read. This is not flattery, but fact. It is going to be the next book I buy and then it will be placed with my other all time favorite books (and I'm going to feature it on my blog-with your permission of course.)

    Peace & ♥