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Update: September 12, 2014

Edward Bloor’s eight novel, Summer of Smoke, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.

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Here is the online synopsis:
James Porter was a freshman in high school in 1967-1968. That was the year when his all-white soccer team got assaulted by the fans and players of all-black teams. It was the year when angry, disenfranchised blacks went out of their way to “bump” whites on the streets of Trenton, New Jersey. And finally, in the spring and summer, it was the year when all hell broke loose. Trenton and over 125 other American cities exploded into rioting, burning, and looting following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seven years after those riots, James returns to attend a high school reunion. He hopes to re-connect with old friends, and some enemies, and with the girl who got away. He re-lives the events of that summer, long buried in his memory. He searches for answers to what really happened to his family, to his classmates, and to his city behind the smoke and confusion of that tumultuous time in American history.

Update: May 5, 2013

Pennsylvania School Librarians
With Pennsylvania School Librarians at the PSLA Conference in Hershey, discussing my Pennsylvania novel A Plague Year.


Toni Vahlsing from the Abingdon Friends School
With co-presenter, Toni Vahlsing from the Abingdon Friends School, Jenkintown, PA.

Update: July 18, 2012

A Plague Year has been selected for the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program Master List for 2012 –2013.

Update: January 20, 2012

Upcoming Events:

Monday, January 23, 2012, 8:00pm
Lecture, with questions and answers for Florida Virtual School students as part of Celebrate Literacy Week

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 11:00am
Keynote address, Christopher Newport University Writers’ Conference, Newport News, Virginia

Monday, February 27, 2012, 7:00pm
Lecture and reception, Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia

Update: December 10, 2011

Books & Books (Miami, FL)

Books & Books (Miami, FL)

Update: November 21, 2011

Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan (New York, NY)

Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan (New York, NY)

Update: November 4, 2011

Edward Bloor's upcoming appearances for A Plague Year:

New York, NY:
Saturday, November 19, at 5:00pm:
Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th Street, New York, NY
212-989-3270

Miami, FL:
Saturday, December 10, at 3:30pm:
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL
305-442-4408

Update: November 2, 2011

Edward Bloor's e-book Memory Lane is now available in tangible form at http://www.mcnallyjackson.com/product/memory-lane.

Update: September 2, 2011

For graphic artists, professional and amateur, please see my author page on Facebook for information about the Memory Lane Cover Art Contest.

Update: August 28, 2011

Edward’s Bloor’s seventh novel, A Plague Year, is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The official publication date for the hardcover is September 13, 2011. Please check back for information about launch events.

Update: February 28, 2011

Edward Bloor's short story "The Boy Who Should Have Said Something," a modern and somewhat wicked fable, has been published in the collection Fragmentation + Other Stories from Burrow Press.

Update: December 22, 2010

Edward Bloor’s sixth novel, Memory Lane, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Click here for the Amazon edition!

Click here for the Barnes and Noble edition!

Here is the online synopsis:
Memory Lane, America’s most popular new theme park, promises to provide its guests with “golden memories.” Choose any week—from 1950 to the present—and Memory Lane will recreate it for you in amazing detail: the foods, the clothes, the TV shows, even the schools. You will soon forget about the present and start living in the past.

But is that a good idea?

Alice hopes Memory Lane will provide a week of personal healing and of family bonding. Instead, Alice and her cousins Patrick and TJ find themselves struggling with a pair of psychotic bullies, and with the pain of young love, and with a shocking family secret that was, perhaps, better left buried in the past.

Smart, funny, and frightening, Memory Lane is Edward Bloor’s most powerful and insightful novel to date.

Update: June 26, 2010

Pictures from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Denise Ciancia, the reading specialist at Fred S. Engle Middle School, and some of the school's 900 reading fans. It was a great two days!

Fred S. Engle Middle School Fred S. Engle Middle School

Update: May 16, 2010

Taken has been selected for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program Master List of Titles 2010-2011.

Update: February 27, 2010

We have received some excellent, and free, lesson plans for high school teachers using Crusader. Check them out in the For Teachers tab.

Update: January 30, 2010

Taken is now out in paperback! Click here to order.

Also, Memory Lane is now complete. Check out the Memory Lane page for a preview.

Update: July 1, 2009

Here are a few of the great projects lining the halls during my visit to Kenmore Middle School in Buffalo. Thanks to all who took part in this most impressive display.

Kenmore Middle School, Buffalo

Kenmore Middle School, Buffalo

Kenmore Middle School, Buffalo

Update: April 15, 2009

Edward Bloor has announced that Blood Orange was just an April Fools' Day prank. His new novel is not a sequel to Tangerine, nor does it have vampires in it. If it did, he wouldn't be worrying about taxes today.

Update: April 1, 2009

Edward Bloor has signed to write the long-awaited sequel to Tangerine. In the sequel, titled Blood Orange, Erik Fisher, evil older brother of Paul, is assimilated into a group of teenage vampires that systematically prey on the cheerleaders at Paul's high school.

Update: January 29, 2009

Taken has been nominated for the Grand Canyon Reader Award, Arizona's state reading award.

On May 21, 2009, Edward Bloor has an appearance scheduled at Kenmore Middle School, Buffalo, NY. Go Sabres!

Update: January 18, 2009

London Calling has been nominated for the Virginia Readers' Choice award.

Update: June 1, 2008

London Calling has won the Bookbinders' Guild of New York Award: First Place in the Hardcover Young Adult category.

Update: May 15, 2008

The National Council of Social Studies has named Dear Author: Letters of Hope, edited by Dr. Joan Kaywell, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2008. In its award announcement, the Council stated: "This compilation of authentic fan mail to young adult authors, and their responses, illuminates the importance of the real issues portrayed in books."

Check it out by clicking here!

Update: March 6, 2008

London Calling London Calling:
"London Calling to the underworld. Come out of the cupboards, ya boys and girls."
--The Clash

London Calling is now available in a Random House paperback edition. The art is the same as on the hardcover, but they have added new promotional material such as, "A Top Ten Book Sense 76 Pick."

"Extraordinarily moving…Characters ask, with good reason, what the truth is about the past or present." — Chicago Tribune
"A beautifully written story" — The Washington Post

Crusader:
CrushFilm Ltd. of London, UK, has optioned the film rights for Crusader.

Taken:
Florida Book Awards announced and Taken has been awarded the Silver Medal in Young Adult Fiction of the Florida Book Awards for 2007.

Interview:
Listen to Edward Bloor's March 2nd interview about Taken, London Calling, and other books on Front Porch at frontporchwithannakline.com.

Update: July 10, 2007

Another review of the re-released Crusader from that most virtuous of review outlets, Bookslut. Check this column out for summer reading:
http://www.bookslut.com/bookslut_in_training/2007_06_011207.php

Update: May 19, 2007

Joyce Handzo's review of Crusader by Edward Bloor for Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book has been posted. To read the review go to:
http://www.curledupkids.com/crubloor.htm

Update: March 3, 2007

Crusader Like a skeleton horse, from the gates of hell,* Crusader has escaped from its exile among not-currently-available titles. The long-awaited trade paperback is out from Harcourt, with a large, reader-friendly trim size, and a cool, dark cover.

*Stolen from a great monologue in Talladega Nights

To read more about Crusader, here.

Also, Tangerine had some recent national publicity, being featured on February 23 on CBS's The Early Show, and in the March 2007 edition of Family Circle magazine. To view The Early Show video piece, click here.

Update: February 19, 2007

Tangerine The tenth-anniversary hardcover edition of Tangerine, with an introduction by Danny DeVito, is now available!

Click here to buy it now!

Update: February 10, 2007

London Calling will be Edward Bloor's first novel to be translated into a foreign language. Or two. European publishers Librarie Plon and RCS Libri have made arrangements to release French and Italian versions in 2007.

Edward Bloor's fifth novel, Taken, has been posted on Amazon.com! Copies can be pre-ordered prior to the release date of October 9, 2007.

Update: April 23, 2006

Tangerine is being re-released in August with a new front cover, a commentary by the author, and a reader chat section. Be sure to look for it in your favorite book store!

To read more about Tangerine, click here.