On Monday, at her Red Room Blog, Lauren Lise Baratz-Logsted’s posted her Book of the Week: Alibi Junior High. Although this middle grade book is her husband Greg Logsted’s second novel, Lauren wasn’t showing favoritism as she noted: “And so you don’t think it’s just me thinking the book is wonderful, here’s what the critics say:
~ “Funny and fast paced, this fits right in with the beach-read crowd.” (Fiction. 10-14) – Kirkus Review
And this Tuesday, June 23, 2009, Alibi Junior High was released.
Since The Divining Wand lists only a few male authors — let alone those who write children/middle grade/YA novels — so far, it’s a real pleasure to direct you to Greg Logsted’s Website where you can be charmed in learning About him. His hometown is likely to capture readers’ (of all ages) imaginations yet, in that telling last paragraph, this thoughtful writer becomes one terrific role model:
“I spend my nights and weekends writing. I’m constructing a ladder with words. I’m just going to keep climbing it as high as I can.”
In those three brief sentences Greg offers a work ethic, a plan, and a goal. And, if he can provide such wisdom on a website page, don’t you wonder what fills his book pages?
Here’s a sample in the Alibi Junior High Synopsis:
Thirteen-year-old Cody Saron has never lived in one place longer than a few weeks, and has never attended a regular school. Growing up on the run with his father, an undercover agent for the CIA, Cody has traveled the entire globe; he speaks five languages, and he has two black belts. What Cody isn’t prepared for is…junior high.
When the danger surrounding Cody’s dad heats up, Cody is sent to stay with the aunt he’s never known, Jenny, in her small Connecticut suburb. Cody has no idea how to fit in with other kids, how to handle his first crush, or how to make it through a day of classes.
As Cody struggles to adapt to the one thing he’s never experienced — a normal life — he starts to fear that his father’s world has followed him and no one he loves is safe. Greg Logsted weaves together action, humor, and heart, building to a surprising revelation about what Cody has always believed to be true.
Greg, author of Something Happened (YA), has also co-written The Sisters Eight (children) series with his wife Lauren and their daughter Jackie. Being true to his word, even when writing, Greg Logsted likes having a “crew” and not a “staff.”
Enjoy your weekend…hopefully relaxing with a good book.