Strays: A Novel, by Jennifer Caloyeras | Press Release
Provided by Jennifer Caloyeras
The Children’s Book Review | September 21, 2015
Sometimes, life becomes unleashed…
RELEASE: May, 15 2015 PRICE: $16.95 TRIM 5.25x8x.5 PAGES:232 ISBN:978-1-61822-0347-0
(Ashland, OR) — Ashland Creek Press is pleased to announce the release (May 2015) of Jennifer Caloyeras’s lovely and heartwarming young adult novel STRAYS.
Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody has a problem controlling her temper—but then, she has a lot to be angry about. Dead mother. Workaholic father. Dumped by her boyfriend. Failing English.
When a note in Iris’s journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law. Now, in addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman’s life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him.
With sparkling prose and delightful humor, Jennifer Caloyeras’s novel beautifully portrays the human-animal bond.
” Young adults who want a story of more than an animal rescue or a sixteen-year-old’s angst will find Strays a compelling saga.”— D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book
“…a source of comfort for angry teens.”—Kirkus Reviews
“…an engaging book about a journey of self-discovery that should inspire readers of all ages”—The Bark Magazine
“… the reader can see the human-animal bond grow and enjoy Iris’s growth and turning points as well…a well-written story and a very enjoyable read.”—Dianne Rich, Seattle pi
About the Author
Jennifer Caloyeras holds an M.A. in English literature from Cal State Los Angeles and an M.F.A. in creative writing through the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the young adult novel Urban Falcon, and her short stories have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including Booth and Storm Cellar. She is the dog columnist for the Los Feliz Ledger and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. Visit her website at www.jennifercaloyeras.com.
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