Brendan Kiely presents his powerful new novel "Tradition"

TRADITION is a stunning, timely, and deeply poignant novel... this year's must-read.”  --Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

In eloquent prose Brendan Kiely fearlessly tackles the prestige and paternalism which  corrupt the privileged world of elite prep schools, allowing "traditions”  to thinly veil the ugly reality of date rape. Despite pressure to remain silent, 2 teens speak out , finding their voice and each other at the same time.   An incredibly important story, beautifully told,  coming exactly at the right time as teens also face the reality and  empowerment of the "me too" movement.

Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter.  His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village


"Brendan Kiely's TRADITION is a searing literary call-to-arms in the most powerful and just sense: it takes a sledgehammer to our rotten, dangerous, and deeply ingrained traditions, so that we can build something new and beautiful in their place."--Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

"TRADITION is a startling portrait of privilege and rape culture, but it is also ultimately a book about resistance and hope, the power of friendship to embolden our integrity, and the courage to do the right thing even when everyone else seems to be doing wrong."--Amy Reed, author of THE NOWHERE GIRLS

"Kiely bravely explores rape culture and how it intersects with class and privilege... readers will find themselves rooting for the world not as it is, but as it might yet be." - Booklist

"Tradition isn't so much a book as it is an invitation and a promise. An invitation to stand up for ourselves and for what's right, and a promise that if we stand, we won't do so alone. Beautifully written with Brendan's wit and compassion, this book is a must read for all those hopeful for a better world." --Shaun David Hutchinson, author of At the Edge of the Universe




Event date: 
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Jabberwocky Bookshop
at the Tannery, 50 Water St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 1st, 2018

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Published: Atheneum Books - August 29th, 2017

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