The Blue Bunny welcomes David Fleming, author of the new middle-grade novel Saturday Boy, for a book signing. Time TBA.
Eleven-year-old Derek Lamb likes superhero comic books, Saturday morning cartoons and Chocolate Ka-Blams but he’d gladly trade all of these things to have his father home. For as long as Derek can remember, his father has been in Afghanistan piloting Apache helicopters for the US Army. The letters they write each other are all they have to bridge the distance – ninety-one letters to date. But just when Derek’s best friend becomes his arch-nemesis, a time when Derek could use his father’s advice most, the letters stop. Derek’s whole life is on the brink of change and he doesn’t even know it.
“Fleming wields a light touch with the story’s pacing and a steady hand for hard reality in this tender portrait of a boy under stress.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Fleming has done a superb job of not only making the characters believable, but also of keeping an underlying tension in the story. Children with parents who are deployed will find a kindred soul in Derek, and other readers will come to better understand what it’s like for them.” —School Library Journal
“Fleming’s debut skillfully depicts how the stresses of loss and other forces beyond one’s control test the bonds of family and friends.” —Publishers Weekly
David Fleming lives in the woods in Weston, Massachusetts, with his wife and two willful, boisterous sons. He graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in English dramatic literature and theater and now works for a landscape designer. When the ground is frozen, he writes. He has been published in Monkeybicycle, Stuff Magazine, and Wellesley/Weston Magazine and at beattoapulp.com. The Saturday Boy is his first novel.