June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.

My pick this week is one I am hoping I can tie into my classroom. I am always on the hunt for YA novels that I can bring into what I teach, and I am hoping to use this one to make a connection to John Steinbeck.

Title: 'Dead Ends’
Author: Erin Jade Lange
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 336
Release Date: 3 Sept. 2013

Summary (from Goodreads):

Dane Washington is one suspension away from expulsion. In a high school full of “haves,” being a “have not” makes Dane feel like life is hurtling toward one big dead end. Billy D. spends his high school days in Special Ed and he’s not exactly a “have” himself. The biggest thing Billy’s missing? His dad. Billy is sure the riddles his father left in an atlas are really clues to finding him again and through a bizarre turn of events, he talks Dane into joining him on the search.

A bully and a boy with Down syndrome makes for an unlikely friendship, but together, they work through the clues, leading to unmarked towns and secrets of the past. But they’re all dead ends. Until the final clue . . . and a secret Billy shouldn’t have been keeping.

As a journalist, Erin Jade Lange is inspired by hot button issues like bullying, but it is her honest characters and breakneck plotting that make Dead Ends a must-read.

How interesting does this book sound?! The plot is reminiscent of Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’—I just hope it does not have the same ending. Even the cover reminds me of George and Lennie.

What are you waiting for this week?

Happy Reading!

     - The Hodgenator


  1. Awww, I think it sounds sweet and I added it to my TBR list. :) Thank you for sharing! Here's my WOW for this week.

    Andrea K. @ Books and Bindings

  2. I don't think that I have heard of this before, but it sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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