*"[A Certain October] provides raw and honest insight into all of the emotions the teen is experiencing…This fast-paced, well-crafted novel is capable of engaging even the most reluctant readers."
, starred review
*“This slim book looks like it will be a quick read, but it turns out to be much more demanding—and rewarding—due to the story’s complex structure and the author’s gift for showing, not telling.”
--The Horn Book,
*"A wonderfully crafted and deeply satisfying novel, full of detail that provides texture and meaning."
, starred review
*"A story of dazzling immediacy…Realistic dialogue and a cast of vibrant characters give lively texture to Johnson's nonlinear narrative. Through minimal exposition and Scotty's singular voice, Johnson gracefully explores life's defining moments, whether painful or bittersweet, and how the world carries on, even when everything has changed." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
About the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last
, and Toning the Sweep
. The First Part Last
was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels Looking for Red
and A Certain October
. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You
, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers
and I Dream of Trains
, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here
and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place
, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include A Sweet Smell of Roses
, Just Like Josh Gibson
, The Day Ray Got Away
, and All Different Now
. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.