Praise for Eric Laster’s YA debut novel Static
“Unusual and unpredictable….The posthumous bond formed between the brothers is touching and the mystery a genuine surprise.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Original and unfailingly entertaining from first page to last, Static by Eric Laster is deftly crafted and very highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as school and community library YA Fiction collections.” —Midwest Book Review
“Thoroughly enjoyable…unlike any book I’ve ever read.” —Faith Hochhalter, Changing Hands Bookstore
“Eric Laster has a way of writing that cuts straight to the heart…so relatable, it’s hard to stop reading.” —project-nerd
- Q&A with Eric Laster on To Read, or Not to Read , August 2016
- Generally Nerdy interview with Eric Laster (video), March 2016
- project-nerd interview with Eric Laster, by Erin Mich
- Diabolical Plots interview with Eric Laster, by Carl Slaughter
- The Story Behind the Story: “Re: Guilt,” Fiction Southeast
- Kidsreads review of The Adventures of Erasmus Twiddle, by Cassia Van Arsdale
Love. Lust. Meds. Family Dysfunction. And an afterlife Walmart.
When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who’s been dead a week, he’s sure it’s to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer’s arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn’t murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart—kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products.
Wilt’s death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother’s ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom’s poor choices.
Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who’d wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they’ve ever had.
Every page is essential…Looking for a kid’s book? It’s perfect.
Kids’ book for ages 9 through adult; cover art and illustrations by Max Graenitz; Opsimath Press; 224 pages.
Can a homeless teen, armed mostly with deli foods, save an alien race from extinction? The answer is not what you might think.
For ages 8 and up; cover art and illustrations by Amy Abshier; Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
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108 Rock Star Guitars, by photographer Lisa S. Johnson