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Calling Out Your Name Paperback – April 2, 2009
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2009 SILVER MEDAL WINNER, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
2009 BEST COMING OF AGE NOVEL, Print-On-Demand Book Reviews
2009 SEMIFINALIST, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Young Adultfiction
"Ned White has created a memorable hero... (and) awonderful, adventurous coming-of-age story that takes the Georgia teenager on adaring journey from Macon to Malibu, and from adolescence to maturity." - Don O'Briant, former book editor, AtlantaJournal Constitution
"Awesome job!... So fresh andoriginal that I didn't want to stop reading." - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Expert Reviewers
"...deliver(s) some powerful moments with pragmaticbluntness... even minor supporting characters feel authentic and finelyrendered..." - Publishers Weekly online
"...an exciting and adventuresome tale of one boy'sjourney toward adulthood... Mr. White writes with an authentic southern voice..."-- Donna Nordmark Aviles, author, Beyondthe Orphan Train
"...a wonderful story and maintains its integrity frombeginning to finish, taking readers on a journey from one American coast to thenext, from youth to manhood in a single arching stroke against a canvas withseveral layers..." -- Eric Jones,BookReview.com
From the Author
Calling Out Your Name (originally published 2009, and a 2nd edition 2016)is a young adult (YA) novel set in the Deep South sometime inthe recent past - an unnamed period after civil rights laws were enacted butbefore the modern era of cell phones and video games. It's the story of Woody Elmont, 16, and his struggles tocare for, and later rescue, his younger brother Tick, who is moderatelydevelopmentally disabled. It'svery much an adventure story that covers a lot of real estate - both dramaticand geographical. It was writtenfor young people age 12 to 18, but it's been especially well received by adults,and has been honored with several awards.
When my wife and I lived in Georgia for some 10 years, we traveled all over the state sampling variations in regional culture, voices, and accents. In time, I'd tuned my ear to the music of their speech, and decided I would create a teenage boy from rural south Georgia as my first-person voice and protagonist. In this regard, Calling Out Your Name is unlike any other writing I've done, and I'm glad that various friends who are native southerners proclaimed Woody to be the real thing in how he spoke and acted.
Without giving too much away, I was inspired by Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to tell the story of journey - across many miles and through many challenging circumstances - that absolutely compels my hero to grow up, and in a hurry. "The Journey," and being on the road, are familiar themes in my work; I myself (and my wife) have been veterans of many long road trips, off the usual beaten paths of major highways.
Notes on the 2016 2nd Edition: I was never quite satisfied with the book in its first iteration. The first problem was the number of typos that escaped several reviews by myself and my proofreader. Second, the interior book design didn't feel professional enough. Lastly, I felt it needed some new material to help establish and anchor my hero's psychological state. This material now appears in a brief prologue and epilogue.
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CALLING OUT YOUR NAME by Ned White is an exciting and adventuresome tale of one boy's journey towards adulthood as he makes his way across the country seeking to find and save his brother. The story is chock full of well-developed, believable characters who each, in their own way, teach Woody meaningful life lessons. A unique and surprising twist at the end of Woody's journey helps him to fully understand earlier events in his life and leaves the reader with a satisfying ending. Mr. White writes with an authentic southern voice, placing the reader in the center of the action, thus making for an engaging, enjoyable read. Technically, this book is professionally presented with only a few errors - nothing that causes the reader to become distracted.
Although billed as a "novel for young adults", CALLING OUT YOUR NAME is a story that will be enjoyed by both young and old alike. Mr. White is a talented writer - this is the second of his books that I have reviewed - and I look forward to reading more.