Some pictures from the second annual Literacy Festival at Florida Gulf Coast University. This time, over 1800 students from Title I schools were invited. A great event.
Edward Bloor’s ninth novel, Candlemas Eve, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com. It will be available as a print-on-demand paperback from McNally Jackson Books by February 1, which is Candlemas Eve.
Candlemas Eve begins in 1880 in the north of England, in the smoke and fire of the Industrial Revolution. Jack and Celeste Potter find themselves orphaned in a world that is unforgiving to the poor and the friendless. As a result, they embark on separate journeys—Jack emigrating to America to make his fortune, and Celeste staying behind to survive as best she can. Candlemas Eve is the prequel to Edward Bloor’s Summer of Smoke, a novel describing America’s tumultuous race riots in the spring and summer of 1968.
Edward Bloor’s eighth novel, Summer of Smoke, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Smashwords.com.
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.
A Plague Year, by Edward Bloor, has been selected for the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program Master List for 2012–2013.
Edward Bloor’s sixth novel, Memory Lane, is now available as an e-book exclusive at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
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.
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Paul Fisher sees the world from behind glasses so thick he looks like a bug-eyed alien. But he’s not so blind that he can’t see there are some very unusual things about his family’s new home in Tangerine County, Florida. Where else does a sinkhole swallow the local school, fire burn underground for years, and lightning strike at the same time every day?
The chaos is compounded by constant harassment from his football–star brother, and adjusting to life in Tangerine isn’t easy for Paul—until he joins the soccer team at his middle school. With the help of his new teammates, Paul begins to discover what lies beneath the surface of his strange new hometown. And he also gains the courage to face up to some secrets his family has been keeping from him for far too long. In Tangerine, it seems, anything is possible.