The Fifth Book of Christmas

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This is the fifth day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like edgy humor, you’ll love…

2011 Colorado Book Award Winner

James was the guy no one noticed —another fifteen-year-old living in a small town. So when he gets into the American Science and Mathematics Academy (or ASMA), James decides to leave his boring past behind. In a public boarding school made up of nerds and geeks, being cool is easy. All it takes is a few harmless lies to invent the new James: rebel, punk, street fighter. Everyone’s impressed —except for the beautiful Ellie Frost, whose icy demeanor holds an inexplicable attraction for James, and the mysterious ghost44, an IM presence who sees right through his new identity.

But James is riding high —playing pranks and hooking up with the luscious Jessica Keen. Things seem perfect until he begins having strange dreams of a dark city haunted by demons. As the line between dreams and reality blurs, James begins to wonder: What’s the price for being the coolest guy around?

Funny and real, Todd Mitchell’s debut YA novel takes readers into a school for the intellectually gifted and socially awkward, as readers discover the secret —and consequences— to lying.

Part character driven drama, part romance, part psychological thriller with a twist of paranormal weirdness and a dash of humor.  Teens and adults who are interested in edgy YA fiction (especially reluctant male readers) will dig this story.

Todd Mitchell with his daughter

Todd Mitchell was most likely a squirrel in a previous life. Now he’s the award-winning author of The Secret to Lying (Candlewick Press), The Traitor King (Scholastic Press), Backwards (forthcoming from Candlewick), and A Flight of Angels (co-author, Vertigo). He spends his days in Fort Collins writing, hoarding acorns, teaching at CSU, and leaping from tree top to tree top with his two wily daughters. You can visit him at www.ToddMitchellBooks.com

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