We are so happy to have author Mark Parsons visit Rakestraw and a local middle school on Wednesday, November 30 to talk about his newest book, The 9:09 Project! It's a terrific YA book about grief and healing through creativity.
Stop by Rakestraw Books at 4:00 on 11/30 to meet him and have your book signed and personalized. It'll make a great gift!
Here's a review of the book:
Publishers Weekly (10/03/2022):
Two years after losing his mother to cancer, a Californian teenager channels his grief and loneliness into creative pursuits in this affecting literary offering from Parsons (Road Rash). When 17-year-old Jamison Deaver almost forgets his late mother's birthday, he worries that he's losing his memory of her, and embarks on a memorializing photography project. Using a Nikon she gave him, he takes pictures every evening at 9:09 p.m.--the time of her death--of the street corner he could see from her hospital room window. Some days, he photographs an empty intersection, but most days, there are people, and Jamison, who has felt extreme loneliness since her death, comforts himself by imagining these strangers' lives. His newfound hobby also helps him reconnect with his younger fashionista sister, Ollie, and their withdrawn father. Despite the welcome kinship, though, Jamison struggles to navigate his personal project's unexpected popularity after his best friend builds him a photography website. Utilizing intimately rendered characters and introspective dialogue, Bell crafts a character-driven work that celebrates the healing power of connection and creativity, encouraging readers to take a closer look at the world around them.
For the school visit, we are offering SIGNED BOOKS and FREE SCHOOL DELIVERY! For free delivery to your school, the order must be placed by 9AM on Wednesday, November 30. Select School Event Delivery during checkout and in the Comment Box note the name of school and teacher. You can also select in-store pickup or purchase in-store anytime.
Order your SIGNED copies below.