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Forte by [JD Spero]

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Editorial Reviews


Forte initially seems like a typical young adult coming of age story, but quickly becomes a page turner, pure and simple! The characters are engaging and realistic, and some of the situations so plausible that it doesn't feel like a fantasy book even though there are definitely fantastical elements in the story line. Top notch storytelling!
Peggy Ohman, Librarian, Saranac Lake Free Library & 2015 Adirondack Literary Awards judge

From the Author

Young Adult Magical Realism / Urban Fantasy is a genre I feel comfortable writing in because I could infuse a touch of magic into a realistic setting. I was never a hard-core Sci Fi reader or writer and the thought of building entire worlds from scratch intimidates me. But I love the idea that a little magic could be found just around the corner -- or in the next town.
About the setting: Whitehall, New York holds a special place in my heart.Founded as "Skenesborough" by British Army Captain Philip Skene at the southerntip of Lake Champlain in 1759, it was renamed Whitehall after the RevolutionaryWar. Bordering Vermont, Whitehall showed us small-town hospitality when theTown Hall clerk met me and my husband off hours as we traveled in fromMassachusetts to give us our marriage license for our New York wedding.  
About the title: This book was originally titled Play for Panic, as in "play volleyball for Coach Panic." The story grew from this play on words. Panic is the actual nickname of a beloved coach at my former high school (Lake George). Certainly not a villain! So, I changed the name of title and character. 
About the sport/music motifs: Touching on the archetypal "athlete vs artist" rivalry that happens universally in high school, I chose to use volleyball and piano to represent the opposing sides. But I don't play either! I tried piano lessons as a girl but didn't get very far. Sami's clumsiness playing gym-class volleyball pre-magic absolutely mirrors my experience. 

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  • ASIN : B00Z2BXC52
  • Publisher : Xchyler Publishing (July 25, 2015)
  • Publication date : July 25, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2698 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 348 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 35 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spero does it again
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