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Length: 294 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Shadeflower Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009V7HOPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.B. Hickman lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife and two children. In 2013, he was nominated as a finalist for the Midwest Book Award for Young Adult fiction. Later this year he will be publishing a travel memoir, "Latitudes", that details a trip of a lifetime in which he quit his job and moved all of his possessions into storage to backpack around the globe. Five continents and seven months later, he returned home with a journal written aboard trains, planes, buses, impossibly small automobiles, feluccas, and overnight ferries.

Visit J.B. Hickman's website at www.jbhickmanonline.com.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Adri on May 29, 2013
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Let me start by saying that the book is very well written. It is a coming of age novel and it keeps the reader interested from start to finish.

However, the are a few 'buts' on which I have to elaborate, namely:
What is the symbolism of the title? I thought I would be able to figure it out, but never succeeded.

I do not want to add spoilers so I will just say that the book left me with more questions than answers. And the epilogue also did not really add to the story, in my humble opinion. The story flows very well but at times the writing is a little bit florid. Simple English could have brought the meaning out ver eloquently. Meaning can so easily be obscured by verbosity and I think all new writers so be very careful with this.

I would certainly read more books by this author as I think he has a story-telling voice that should be nurtured and trained to tell his stories in exactly the right number of words.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Cunningham TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
J. B. Hickman's THE KEEPER OF DAWN is a truly extraordinary novel, a deeply moving and starkly revealing study of a seventeen-year-old boy's overwhelming relationship with his powerful but distant father. Jake Hawthorne is sent to Wellington, an exclusive prep school located on desolate Raker Island, where he both hides from his family and longs for an understanding of his father, his mother, and his wandering older brother. The relationships he forms there with three other boys from similar families ultimately define who he will become and how he will move forward. One of Jake's three friends, Chris - the son of an ambitious politician - once says to him, "I'm willing to bet yours is the best story of all. You just haven't told it to anyone." THE KEEPER OF DAWN is Jake's story.

In many ways this is a mystery novel. Jake comes to Wellington from a wounded past, although at first we get only hints of what that past may be. His older brother has left the family, preferring to spend his time wandering the world rather than remaining connected to their father and the lifestyle he so vehemently pushed on his sons. His mother is a devote of endangered birds and spends most of her time on her various rescue projects, which keeps her distanced from Jake. And his father . . . well, his father is the one who wanted to send Jake away to school. He's present in everything Jack does. Whatever mystery surrounds Jake also surrounds his father.

Some of the best parts of THE KEEPER OF DAWN are the relationships Jake forms with peripheral characters he meets in the course of the story, including crusty caretaker Max (who loves the old Raker lighthouse as much as Jake does), teacher Mr.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Anderson on April 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. No joke - pick it up from your local bookstore, download it onto your e-reading device, anything...just do it!

J.B. Hickman most definitely hit the proverbial nail on the head, in so many ways in THE KEEPER OF THE DAWN.

Sons of great men are sent to a belly-up island resort turned prep school, Wellington Academy, off the coast of Rhode Island. It rips away the prestige of privileged boys and exposes what lies behind them, both in their personal lives and their school/career lives. I've tried to capture all that I could in this review without spilling the beans, but let me tell you two things: Hickman's written a stellar novel, and you won't be disappointed! It is a phenomenal read about adolescence, rebellion, memories and pain. If I could give more than five stars, I would! This book belongs alongside other award-winning young adult novels about coming of-age, life lessons and facing demons of the past.

Rebellion is in the minds of adolescent boys, especially the flashy Governor's angry son, Chris, who detests his father's attitudes and tries to be everything his Governor father is not. He brings adventure, tumult, rebellion and danger to Wellington Academy.

Jacob Hawthorne, the main character, is a serious 15 year-old son of privilege. Yet he is nervous to meet his father, the "great vanisher" who continually disappears out of his life, on the celebratory parents' day at his school. His mother professes that he's a great man, but she's not entirely convinced herself. Indeed, Jacob is sent to Raker Island to Wellington, the same resort island his parents honeymooned on. He's been sent there so he won't follow in his older brother's footsteps, and he's determined not to enjoy a moment of it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ashley F on August 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received an e-copy of this book from the author after entering, but not winning, a First Reads giveaway. Thank you!

This was a very eloquently written coming-of-age book. Unfortunately I had a really hard time relating with the characters and the story line. Only the last 1/3 maybe 1/4 of the book actually kept me really engrossed.

This book is about four young boys at a boarding school that none of them really want to be at. All of their fathers hold prestigious positions which earns the boys the title "The Headliners." Between all of their shenanigans and getting in trouble it's also a story about them looking for the love they were missing from their families. A story about them trying to make it on their own rather than with their last names.

The story itself was very well written, very descriptive (although at times a little too much so), and I could easily imagine the surrounding island. J.B. Hickman is definitely a talented author and I think with a book I could more easily relate too I could be sucked into his world and never come out!
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