"Some books just beg to be screenplays...they're so visual and create such vivid pictures in their readers' minds that you naturally want to see them on the big screen. That's what you get with David-Matthew Barnes' new YA book, Wonderland
...if you pass this by because it's for young adults, you'll be missing one of the most intensely filmable pieces I've read in a long time. Almost every scene here would look wonderful in IMAX." Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews
"After her mother's death from cancer, Destiny is sent to the tiny South Carolina island of Avalon Cove to live with her uncle and his partner... there are plenty of warm moments between Destiny and her new family." Kirkus Review
"Barnes is known for his unique and creative fiction, and this novel, appropriate for teens and adults, continues in that vein. It's valuable for all as a look at LGBT teens, tolerance, embracing differences in each other, as well as an interesting perspective on fate and the hereafter. Absolutely loved it and you likely will too. Five stars out of five.
" Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
"The plot and general concept of this was great and quite refreshing after so much angsty YA stuff...I also really loved the relationships and pairings in this...there was this recurring idea about what truly makes a family come to life." The Perks of Being a Bookworm
"...this touching young adult book about giving others a second chance...is a well-written story of true love and friendship that anyone can appreciate...Barnes calls upon the reader to consider the meaning of true love and friendship as well as the reasons for sacrifice. Although this novel belongs in any youth collection, adults will also appreciate the descriptive and evocative writing." The GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association
About the Author
David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of twelve novels and several collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity.
David-Matthew has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes
, The Best Men's Stage Monologues
, The Best Women's Stage Monologues
, The Comstock Review
, and The Southeast Review
David-Matthew was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. In addition, he has received the Carrie McCray Literary Award, the SlamBoston Award for Best Play, and earned double awards for poetry and playwriting in the World AIDS Day Writing Contest. He has received national awards in the Split This Rock Poetry Contest and the New Works for Young Women Playwriting Competition.
David-Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a degree in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He also attended American River College in Sacramento, the Theatre School of DePaul University in Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago.
David-Matthew is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
David-Matthew is the Program Director of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.