It wasn't long before the kid from North Carolina had made friends at his new high school in Jersey. Ben is the kind of guy that everybody likes. He's the star of the wrestling team and he's spending a lot of time with Judy Voorst. So what's the problem?
Ben Petrovic has a secret. He’s not who everybody thinks he is.
Canary (a short story)
on Oct. 13, 2010
Nice story that resonated with me, as it probably will with many readers. This writer has a gift for dialogue -- it was tight and edgy and best of all, believable. I'll definitely check me out more Michael Crane...
on Oct. 20, 2010
October Breezes is written for a YA audience but this is a story so thought-provoking that it makes good reading for their parents as well. Just about every painful adolescent dilemma imaginable -- some routine, others life-altering -- is thrown at Skye Williams. Some she handles well and others she botches. The strength of the story is in how Skye picks up the pieces and who she turns to when life goes badly.
The characters are alive, and, more importantly, realistic. I remember all of them from my high school years and I think most YA readers will recognize them too. One character in particular, somebody who probably won’t even be on the poster when October Breezes hits the big screen, resonated with me because he is the kind of quiet hero that really exists but is seldom written about.
Parents who check this book out will be reminded of serious issues that teenagers must deal with. Ultimately, though, it’s a book for teens. The complexity of issues presented in such an entertaining and gripping storyline leads me to declare October Breezes to be a YA masterpiece that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.