The Martin Chronicles
Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: January 8, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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Coming of Age
A powerful and heartfelt coming-of-age novel that follows
Martin Kelso as he grows up in 1980s New York and faces the
magic of first experiences, as well as the heartbreak of
hard-won life lessons.
Martin Kelso's comfortable world starts to change at the age
of eleven. Girls get under his skin in ways he never noticed
before. His cousin Evie, who used to be Marty's closest
confidante--the one who taught him the right way to eat a
pizza and how to catch tadpoles--has grown up into a
stranger, mysterious and unpredictable. Marty and his best
friends once inhabited fantasy worlds of their own making,
full of cowboys and cops and robbers, where the heroes
always won the day. But now, as neighborhood kids are
attacked on their walk to school, they find themselves
wanting to play a new game that better prepares them for
As life changes quickly and Marty feels less secure with
himself, the difference between games and reality, friend
and foe, and right from wrong becomes much more difficult to
distinguish. At the same time, this new world offers
possibilities as exciting as they are frightening.
This poignant debut perfectly captures the intense emotion,
humor, and earnestness of young adulthood as Marty, age
eleven to seventeen, navigates a series of life-changing
firsts: first kiss, first enemy, first loss, and,
ultimately, his first awareness that the world is not as
simple a place as he had once imagined.
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