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Arsenal Pulp Press Fall 2018

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Synchro Boy
By (author): Shannon McFerran
9781551527444 Paperback, Trade English Age (years) from 14 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT Nov 01, 2018
$16.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8 x 0.7 in 274 pages FSC certified – mixed sources Arsenal Pulp Press
Sixteen-year-old Bart Lively desperately wants to feel comfortable in his own skin. Being a jock doesn't mean he isn't the target of gay jokes, and the macho culture of his swim team is wearing him down. When he gives in to his curiosity and tries synchronized swimming, he discovers he has a natural talent -- not to mention a spark with one of the girls. So when Erika Tenaka asks him to swim the mixed duet with her, he commits to taking them all the way to the Olympics.

But judges' scores and Erika's sudden decision to quit the duet threaten to derail Bart's dream and kill what made the sport so liberating and alluring in the first place. And it doesn't help that as he falls in love with Erika, he's falling in lust with her frenemy ... not to mention a cute boy in the diving club.

Ultimately, Bart will have to give in to his intuition as it leads him to realize there are many ways to be a boy. If he doesn't, he'll lose not only his friendship with Erika but also his new Olympic dream -- and the joy he feels as he dances in the deep.

Shannon McFerran studied writing at the University of Victoria and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. She has published short stories in numerous literary magazines and a YA anthology. Synchro Boy is her first novel. She lives in Victoria, BC.

Cynara Geissler 

For more information contact
cynara@arsenalpulp.com

Synchro Boy is the kind of book the world needs more of: a book that challenges readers to think more deeply about gender and gender expression. Bart's story -- of a boy who has never fit easily into a gender stereotyped box, who has endured years of gender policing, who is bravely determined to find his own path in both sports and relationships -- is an important and powerful one. Readers will cheer Bart on as he swims his way towards ‘living a different kind of maleness.’” ―Robin Stevenson, author of Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community


Synchro Boy is a funny, bittersweet story of a teenaged boy’s self-awareness and acceptance, set within that ultimate crucible of teenage lust: the swimming pool. By joining synchro, Bart pushes against the narrow cage of masculinity, only to discover just how hard the bars will push back. Armed with perseverance, hope, and some edifying relationships, he finds the courage to follow his synchro dreams. Readers will come to know and appreciate the challenge and camaraderie of synchronized swimming.” ―Douglas Davey, author of Switch


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