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James Preller

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The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.

Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.

Acclaimed author James Preller explores life, death, love, faith, and resilience in his first young adult novel that will grip readers from the book’s dramatic first few pages to its emotional end.

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Jude squeezed his eyes shut, blinking away the sun’s glare, and waited for the eight-fifteen-in-the-freaking-morning bus. On a Saturday, no less. The stop was located beneath the elevated Long Island Rail Road, with rails that hummed overhead and stretched across the length of the island, connecting the farthest points east all the way to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan. For as long as he could remember, New York City had beckoned to Jude, offering an exotic world of freedom and possibility. The city stood as a skyscrapery refutation of his suburban life, escape

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"...Preller makes us care about these people. We wonder about them when they’re gone.” --New York Times
 
"...the author strikes the right tone in capturing Jude's inner struggles with grief, angst and love…”--Kirkus
 
"...will hook readers..." —Booklist

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James Preller

James Preller is the author of several picture books and novels, including A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade, Six Innings, and BystanderBefore You Go is his first work for young adults. He lives in Delmar, New York.

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Feiwel & Friends
July 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429955300
ISBN10: 1429955309
Young Adult Fiction240 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.12

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Feiwel & Friends
July 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312561079
ISBN10: 0312561075
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$16.99

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August 2013
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ISBN: 9781250034212
ISBN10: 1250034213
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
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