Author Showcase: The Farewell Season
By Ann Herrick, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 12, 2011
Eric used to think he’d live forever, but not any more.
As football season starts, he hopes he can live normally again after the death of his father, but his refusal to face his grief results in anger at his coach, fights with his sister, resenting added responsibilities, and disillusionment with football. It takes a special relationship with a girl dealing with the divorce of her parents to see he is angry with his father for dying and the way to get through grief is by grieving, and how to open his heart again.
Award-winning author Ann Herrick’s books have received the IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award, the American Library Association “Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers” award and been a Finalist for the EPIC YA Best Book.
Pat Engelking, Language Arts Teachers, says, “Football lovers and non-football fans will enjoy this compelling story of Eric, who struggles with the death of his father by focusing on pre-season practice. With the help of Glynnie, a girl who is dealing with her parents’ divorce, he learns that he needs to deal with his grief, not try to ignore it. The realistic feelings and true-to-life characters provide a story that is an absorbing read with an important lesson about life and loss.”
Sydell Voeller, Author and Writing Instructor for The Long Ridge Writers Group says, “Ann Herrick is a gifted writer that artfully takes the reader into the adolescent heart and mind. In her most recent young adult novel, The Farewell Season, viewpoint character Eric grapples with his grieving for his father. His struggles are poignant and bittersweet, with touches of humor. Ann Herrick is a master of portraying both the darkness and the light.
This story is also one that both fans of football and people who are not sports fans would enjoy.”
Betty Jo Schuler, Author and Writing Instructor, Writer’s Digest University says, “Don’t most young people think they’ll live forever? And when someone close to a teen dies, reality strikes and threatens his or her entire security system.
…Although The Farewell Season addresses a serious subject, it’s not a depressing story but one of hope, friendship, understanding, and even humor. Facing our feelings makes us free.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and recommend it highly. This is a timeless tale that will remain with readers to help them through rough times. Ann Herrick’s stories never disappoint.”
ISBN: 9781614130185; AISN, B0051VU34G
For more information or to order, visit: http://annherrickauthor.com
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