Starred review for SUTHY and Upcoming Readings

Great news!  My forthcoming young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You (Algonquin Young Readers, September 2013), has just received a *starred* advance review from Kirkus Reviews
Here's part of what the review has to say about the book:
"Each character is vividly drawn, with a sharp, memorable voice that readers will love and remember. While there is plenty of death to go around, the novel’s tone shifts from dark to light when opportunity presents itself to narrator Richie. Both the characters and readers empathize with his urge to break out and experience life despite his constraints and the consequences that might befall him. His ups and downs are what power the plot, and readers come to learn that Richie isn’t full of joie de vivre. Instead, he’s full of fight, and that’s what makes him so admirable and memorable.

A fresh, inspiring story about death and determination." (Fiction. 14 & up)
And, I'll be giving a reading from Corporeality, my collection of short stories, at Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar NY on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.  I'll also be signing advanced readers copies of Somebody Up There Hates You at the Algonquin Young Readers booth at Book Expo America in New York City on Friday, May 31 from 2-4 p.m.