The first teen novel from bestselling author Richard Paul Evans, Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (9781451656503), is on sale 8/9/11!
There is a lot to say about this fantastic novel, but instead of hearing from me, I thought it would be better to let the author do the honors.
From Richard Paul Evans:
Four years ago, I wrote a novel called The Gift, the story of a young boy with the power to heal. A superhero. It was the most fun I’d had writing in years. About a year later an idea for a book began forming in my mind. The novel had everything I wanted to read when I was a boy. The main character, Michael Vey, was shy, small for his age, and moved around a lot, and he had Tourette’s syndrome—all of which pretty much describes my childhood.
But Michael also had a special gift: He was born with electric powers.
I have already shared Michael Vey with over five hundred middle school students from three different schools, in three different cities. The response has been, pardon the pun, electric. Not since the The Christmas Box have I seen such an overwhelmingly positive reaction to one of my books.
On a personal level, I’m very pleased to have created a protagonist with Tourette’s syndrome. I have TS. So does my son. In our test schools, the teachers reported that Michael Vey had helped students suffering with disabilities, from Tourette’s to Asperger’s, feel more accepted.
Like all my novels, Michael Vey, ultimately, is about hope. It’s about the power and beauty each of us has inside, even when our outsides tell us different. It’s a story, not about darkness, dysfunction, or dystopian worlds, but about light, loyalty, and friendship. In short, Michael Vey is the kind of message I want to deliver to today’s youth.
You can read the eGalley by clicking this link: http://www.galleygrab.com/?asset_url=9781451661835