Many book readers are unaware of this distinction, but authors affiliated with small independent publishers–especially nonprofits like our own–often have a near impossible job of getting their books on the radar of readers. With thousands of books submitted for review each month, even getting book reviewers to agree to review books produced by small publishers can often be a monumental task. As a result, each individual reader who gives feedback, especially if it contains positive reactions to the work, is warmly embraced and appreciated far beyond what that individual can probably ever imagine. Not only does this feedback give authors a sense that what they have offered the world has some value, but that feedback speaks volumes to future potential readers because it carries with it the heavy weight of social currency. When that reviewer also happens to have a stellar reputation and a far-reaching audience, the feedback is all the more sweeter.
That said, we would like to congratulate one of our authors Simon (Sy) Kadella for the strong endorsement his book Friction in Motion recently received from the prestigious literary review magazine, The Midwest Book Review. Kudos, Sy.
Without further ado, here it is:
Literary Book Review
Friction in Motion (Adult/Young Adult Fiction)
Razor’s Edge Publishing
9780979156328, $16.95, PB, 298pp
In this YA novel by Sy Kadella, young readers will hop in the car and ride along on a bizarre and funny cross-country road trip with a highly dysfunctional family and see all the people encountered through the eyes of an autistic teenager. On this trip the main character, an emotionally detached child prodigy who is on the spectrum, encounters a quirky cast of characters including a mobster uncle, a channeling aunt, a Native American healer, and a depressed punker who has read The Bell Jar five times. But none of the characters found on the road are as odd as the protagonist’s own immediate family. There are many lessons along the way. The most important being that wherever there is motion, there is bound to be friction, and within this lies the secret to wisdom and the strength to break free. A unique and deftly crafted novel, “Friction in Motion” is unreservedly recommended for high school and community library YA Fiction collections.
Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch: October 2018
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
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