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Dec 2 / Michael

First reviews for TombQuest and Sharks and good news for Rotten!

The reviews are in for my new book and my next book: and they’re excellent! I don’t know if you’d call them glowing reviews, exactly, but I am currently sitting in a dark room looking at them on my computer screen, so, yeah: They’re glowing reviews!

First up, Kirkus Reviews sizes up TombQuest in its November 15 issue. The best part comes at the end:

“Like a preteen Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, Alex and Ren make a compelling duo, and Northrop balances pathos and action effectively to engage readers. Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride.”

Hooray—and phew! It is stressful waiting for that first official review of a new book—and Kirkus is notoriously tough—so I am definitely happy (and relieved) about this one. And speaking of happy: Surrounded by Sharks is on the board! It received its first official review in the October issue of School Library Journal. Once again, the best bit comes at the end:

“The climax steadily builds as readers are pulled through the narrative via multiple points of view, including that of Davey; a tiger shark; and Brando, his adventurous younger brother. Overall, this story strikes a balance of suspense and action, all while interweaving intriguing facts about sharks. Of special interest for reluctant readers and fans of survival stories.”

Which is, of course, exactly what I was going for. Sharks is a book for reluctant readers, avid readers, and fellow Shark Week aficionados!

And finally, one last bit of good news: ROTTEN has been named to the 2015 TAYSHAS (Texas) High School Reading List, along with a posse of fantastic YA novels, meaning that a passel of teens in the Lone Star State will be getting to know JD, JR, and the rest of the pack!

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