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Dawn Daria is an educator at heart. She has worked as a classroom teacher, museum educator, magnet program coordinator, and arts integration specialist. She loves to inspire students of all ages to step out of their comfort zones and discover new talents. She successfully stepped out of her own comfort zone by writing the first draft of this story in 30 days as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
Originally from the Hudson Valley, she now lives in North Carolina. Learn more at DawnDaria.com
on April 18, 2013 :
I enjoyed this book! While it took me a little time to get into the story, I found the characters enjoyable and the story engaging. By the end I really was having difficulty putting it down, as I really wanted to see how it all worked out. I'm glad I took the time for this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 10, 2012 :
Excellent. Derek has an authentic voice, and it's great to see him mature over the course of the summer. His conflicts are realistic and, while it's easy to understand the issues he has with his family, they too come across as believable.
The story covers a lot of familiar YA ground, but the narrative is fresh and engaging. Or, to put it a different way? I read the last 20% at 3 a.m. because I just couldn't put it down.
Also, I'll admit that when it comes to downloading free e-books, I've sort of accepted that there will be more mechanical (SPaG) issues. Not here. I'm not sure whether the author engaged the services of a professional editor, has a very good beta, or just reviewed carefully before uploading, but the text is polished and professional.
I'm eagerly awaiting her next book, and while I'd like to read more about Derek, I'll probably be just as happy if she introduces someone new next time around. Kudos!
(review of free book)