Friday, January 16, 2009

the flap copy

I'm going to shift gears a little today because I just received the flap copy for my next novel, in the path of falling objects, and it sounds so good even I want to read it... again... for the thousandth time.

Here's what it says:

Jonah and his younger brother, Simon, are on their own. They set out to find what’s left of their family, carrying between them ten dollars, a backpack full of dirty clothes, a notebook, and a stack of letters from their brother, who is serving a tour in Vietnam. And soon into their journey, they have a ride. With a man and a beautiful girl who may be in love with Jonah. Or Simon. Or both of them.

The man is crazy. The girl is desperate. This violent ride is only just beginning. And it will leave the brothers taking cover from hard truths about loyalty, love, and survival that crash into their lives.

One more thing: The brothers have a gun. They’re going to need it.


Then, on the back, is the (ugh!) bio of the author and some nice stuff:

Andrew Smith is the author of Ghost Medicine, which was a 2008 Best Books for Young Adults nominee. In addition to writing, Smith teaches advance placement classes and coaches rugby. He lives with his family on a ranch in the mountains of Southern California, where the nearest grocery store is twenty miles away. You can visit him on the Web at, where he also maintains a blog about writing.

Praise for Ghost Medicine:

“Smith's first novel, a deceptively simple coming-of-age story, defies expectations via its sublime imagery and its elliptical narrative structure. . . . While the summer climaxes with jarring violence, the possibility of a true departure never materializes: The outside world is held at bay by the inscrutable questions unveiled in the book's conclusion.”— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“ . . . That summer is a journey of loss, self-discovery, pain, triumph, and growth as the young people try to define who they are and what they’re meant to do. . . . Troy wishes to be lost, but his greatest hope is to be found, and Ghost Medicine beautifully captures that paradox in this timeless and tender coming-of-age story. Not only will it inspire readers to prod the boundaries of their own courage, but it will also remind them that life and love are precious and fleeting.—School Library Journal