Since he drowned, Henry has remained with the same group of teenagers and he keeps wondering why. After all, what could he possibly have in common with a Mohawk-sporting punker from the 80s, a roller skater from the 70s with a thing for kimonos, and an English “rocker” from the 60s? Add to that, Henry can hear the other groups but he never sees them. Soon, Henry learns that his new friends all possess unique skills for making themselves noticed by the living. Is Henry’s group kept isolated because of their abilities? If so, are they considered gifted or seen only as a potential bad influence?
Before Henry can reach any conclusions, he witnesses his sister being kidnapped. He knows who did it, where she’s being held and what will happen if the kidnappers don’t get what they want. As the police chase false leads, Henry comes to realize that he’s his sister’s only hope. But for Henry to even have a chance, he has to convince a group of teenagers that dead doesn’t mean helpless.
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Top Ten List - Things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time.
10. Feeling brokenhearted when I got dumped. Something that seemed so traumatic then ended up being entirely meaningless.
9. There was this one teacher who told me she thought I had way more potential than I was letting on. I dumped the class because I felt pressured. A couple years later, in college, I was like, “Oh, right, learning is actually really cool. Damn, I bet her class was really interesting.”
8. Playing in a cover band for most of the dances. I felt like a rock god at the time but ended up being a really shitty dancer.
7. That time I lied to my parents and said I was meeting someone at the library to study. Yeah, right, my parents didn’t believe that one and drove by the parking lot. A bit of a suspension there in my driving privileges (several months).
6. There was this one time when I decided it would be funny if I leapt up onto a sink in a public restroom. Who knew it wouldn’t hold my weight? Who knew it would shatter in a million pieces? Who knew there was a cop walking by the door? Yeah, didn’t work out that great.
5. Thinking I wasn’t cool because I didn’t fit in with the popular crowd. That was precisely what made me cool.
4. That time I skipped school and crashed the family car. My father: “Is he okay?” My mother: “Yep.” My father: “What time did it happen?” My mother: “Ten o’clock this morning.” My father: silence. Me: running down the street.
3. That season I spent on the track team.
2. That season I spent on the soccer team.
1. That season I spent on the football team. Really, I did that?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Pandolfe has been a bartender in Seattle, the front man for an alternative rock band in Los Angeles and a college writing teacher in Richmond (among other things).
One day, it occurred to him that sometimes these experiences felt like completely different lives altogether. Which got him to writing Jump When Ready, a novel about of bunch of teenagers trying to get over their past lives while getting ready to jump into their next.
While he’s still writing about himself in third person, David Pandolfe should probably mention that at one point he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had short stories published in Millennium and the Georgetown Review. Jump When Ready is his first YA novel but he’s currently working on another, to be released in the fall of 2013.
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1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of Jump When Ready & $10 iTunes gift card by David Pandolfe.