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Exclusive Trailer Reveal: Mercy Rule (Tom Leveen), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to share the trailer for Mercy Rule!

Read on for more about author Tom Leveen, and his book, plus the trailer & giveaway!

 

 

Meet Tom Leveen!

Tom Leveen is the author of nine teen novels, including his most recent titles Hellworld and Shackled; Zero, an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013; and Sick, a YALSA Quick Pick 2014. He is a former high school teacher, a rocking and frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and an advocate against teen bullying and suicide. Tom lives and writes full-time in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

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Meet Mercy Rule!

Danny’s parents yanked him out of art school, his real school. Now he’s starting sophomore year at the public high school. The only good thing about this school is Cadence, a cute freshman who loves punk rock. But even meeting her can’t make up for all the crap he gets from the meat-head athleaders.

Brady just wants to get out. Go to college, play football, maybe reach the NFL. He definitely wants to stop waiting for his deadbeat mother to get it together. It all adds up to a lot of stress. So who can really blame him when he and the football team turn their aggressions on the new freak?

Coach turns a blind eye to his players’ infractions—because this year, they’re going to States. But maybe if Coach had paid more attention, he could have caught it before it all happened. Maybe it could have been avoided.

Maybe.

With quick cuts between a large cast of unforgettable characters, and razor-sharp plotting, Tom Leveen takes readers on a countdown to an inevitable, horrifying act. This gripping novel offers an intense, smart perspective on the tragic, toxic mindsets behind the celebrated American sport and the monsters it creates.

 

 

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Mercy Rule

By: Tom Leveen

Publishing Date: February 20th, 2018 

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

 

 

 

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Dianna G.
The cover didn't stand out to me until I read the synopsis. When I realized it was supposed to be a scoreboard, it made sense. T... Read More
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 20:15
Hannah Ens
Looks pretty interesting, I like the dark/light contrast of the cover and the subtle sports/scoreboard look.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:02
Precious J Hernandez
Based on the synopsis, I can tell we’re in for an intense read. Definitely seems like a book worth reading with some important the... Read More
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:09
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Author Of The Week: Chat with Tara Sim (Chainbreaker), Plus Giveaway!!

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Welcome to our weekly special feature post,  Author Of The Week !! Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release! We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!         Introducing  Tara Sim , YABC's Author of the...
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John
The cover is in keeping with those of earlier volumes! I hope our heroes do well on their "dark and dangerous journey"!
Monday, 08 January 2018 19:34
Kristi Housman
I love this cover so much! I've really been wanting to read these books.
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:52
Precious J Hernandez
I have yet to read Timekeeper but based on review, I’m excited to read both of those. The covers are gorgeous.
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 23:14
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Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Into The Black (Ava Jae)

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Hello! Today YABC is hosting the blog tour stop for Ava Jae's    Into The Black   Read on for more about Ava, an interview, and a tour-wide giveaway!             Meet  Ava Jae !     Ava Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing,...
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John
Looks like an interesting sci-fi fantasy!
Monday, 06 November 2017 18:15
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Teen Read Week 2017: Author Chat with Dave Connis (The Temptation Of Adam), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with  Dave Connis (The Temptation Of Adam )   as part of YABC's Teen Read Week! Read on for more about Dave, his novel, plus a giveaway!       Meet  Dave Connis !    Iwrite words you can sing and words you can read. I...
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John
"What was your favorite book that you read when you were a Teen? Comment below!" Penrod, Brave New World.
Monday, 23 October 2017 16:24
Kelly G
When I was a teen (and even now as an adult) my favorite book to read was Leftovers by Laura Weiss.
Friday, 03 November 2017 17:04
Danielle Hammelef
As a teen, my favorite book was Little Women.
Thursday, 09 November 2017 13:54
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Spotlight on Night Of The Living Cuddle Bunnies (Jonathan Rosen), Plus Guest Post & Giveaway!

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Today we're spotlighting Jonathan Rosen's   Night Of The Living Cuddle Bunnies !  Read on for more about Jonathan, his book, plus an guest post and giveaway!           Meet Jonathan Rosen ! I was born in a little log cabin in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota....
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John
The cover looks like a stirring adventure, and I can tell the plot is full of peril.
Monday, 28 August 2017 19:08
Penny Olson
The cover looks really fun. The story sounds like it's full of action and humor.
Sunday, 24 September 2017 23:18
Danielle Hammelef
The cover is fun and the "killer" bunnies are going to be exciting to read about.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:22
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Featured Review: Black Flowers, White Lies (Yvonne Ventresca)

Featured Review: Black Flowers, White Lies (Yvonne Ventresca)
About This Book: Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen...
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza - Day 11

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Welcome to YABC's first annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza! We're featuring some of the hottest titles of the year--perfect for the book lover on your holiday list!--with exciting prize packs every day for the first twelve days of December. Each giveaway will run for seven days. Giveaways are US...
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Lizet huerta
EXTRA ORDINARY sounds like my type of book.
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Dan Denman
I am interested in Dead Possums. This is a nice prize pack!
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