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SNEAK PEEK: CHARM AND STRANGE BY STEPHANIE KUEHN

CHARM AND STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn releases this coming Tuesday, June 11, 2013! To kick off her celebration, today we are featuring a summary, several nice blurbs, a great teen review from School Library Journal, ways to learn more about Stephanie AND a sneak peek at Chapter One!

CHARM AND STRANGE, St. Martin’s Griffin arriving 6/11/2013

When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

WHAT THREE AMAZING AUTHORS ARE SAYING ABOUT CHARM AND STRANGE:

“Twisted, and twisting. Relentlessly compelling. Lush storytelling. A must-read.”— Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Triangles, Fallout and Tricks

“…haunting…Charm & Strange is a shocker of a page-turner that unravels brilliantly from both
ends.”—Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling author of Dead to You

“Charm and Strange is a story of blood and family and the animal inside—and it’s ferociously real.”— Blythe Woolston, author of Catch & Release

A TEEN REVIEW OF CHARM AND STRANGE AT SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:

“Andrew Winston Winters knows there’s a wolf living inside him, and it is a pure manifestation of evil…” CLICK HERE FOR FULL REVIEW

LEARN MORE ABOUT STEPHANIE KUEHN:

Interview at Teenage Writeland

Interview with YAvengers

Blog tour info from Itching for Books

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF CHARM AND STRANGE AT GRIFFIN TEEN:

CHARM AND STRANGE

Chapter One


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I don’t feel the presence of… CLICK HERE FOR FULL CHAPTER

WANT MORE OF CHARM AND STRANGE?

CHARM AND STRANGE releases from St. Martin’s Griffin this coming Tuesday, 6/11/2013, but you can order it now!

ISBN-13: 9781250021946 | ISBN-10: 1250021944

Pre-order from Indiebound; Barnes and Noble; iTunes;  Amazon; Powell’s

Add on goodreads

Congratulations, Steph! All best wishes to you and your debut YA novel, CHARM AND STRANGE!

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I’ve always been very outspoken (to anyone who might be willing to listen) about the huge influence Robert Cormier has had on me: not just in my development as a writer, but as a person. The bleakness and honesty in his books meant a lot to me during a time in my life that felt very bleak and not all that honest. Now that I’m grown and have some distance from my adolescence, I’m not sure his worldview and mine completely line up, but I’ve carried many of his ideas and questions with me as I’ve drifted into adulthood.

For these reasons, I’d like to think Charm & Strange could sit comfortably on a shelf with Mr. Cormier’s work, maybe wedged somewhere in between dog-eared copies of FadeThe Chocolate War, and I am the Cheese. My main character is definitely a Cormier-esque type of protagonist. He’s a white teenage boy—with all the social privilege afforded that demographic—who, for circumstances not in his control, experiences himself as powerless.

As for more recent comparable titles, I’d say Charm & Strange shares some of its structure and themes with the following works:

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King: For the blurring of internal and external worlds.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: For the entwined narrative structure and close, close voice.

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston: For a look at grief complicated by trauma.

Nothing by Janne Teller: For telling the miserable, existentialist truth.

Little Red Riding Hood: For that big bad wolf…

Okay, that last one’s not recent. But it is relevant.

Thanks so much for stopping by. We’ve still got a book giveaway going on through the end of the week, so please check it out!

-sk

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