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Goodbye Days
By (author): Jeff Zentner
9781770498860 Hardcover English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship Mar 07, 2017
$21.99 CAD
Active 5.38 x 8.5 x 1.38 in 416 pages Tundra Books
Carnegie Medal 2018, Nominated
The heart-breaking and at times humorous look at one teen’s life after the death of his best friends and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives—and ultimately learns to forgive himself.

What would you say if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts. The next day it all crashed and burned, literally, after he wrote them out of existence with an inane text sent to his friend Mars—the last words his friends ever see. Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the fatal crash and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. Even worse, Mars’s father, a powerful judge, pressures the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

But Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, who is the only person to stand by him at school, and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her—having him stand in as Blake for one last day doing all their favorite things so they can share memories and say a proper goodbye.

Soon Eli and Mars’s families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver—but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to prison or a complete breakdown?

CROSSOVER APPEAL: Jeff’s writing in Goodbye Days is a blend of commercial and literary, and of tragedy and comedy, which will appeal to a wide variety of readers!

TIMELY ISSUE: Jeff’s focus on texting and driving in the book is timely, and impacts teens and adults alike, making the book resonate with readers.

UNIQUE SETTING: The portrayal of the southern experience will be fascinating for Canadian readers.

A STAR ON THE RISE: Glowing reviews for Jeff’s debut YA, The Serpent King, are flooding in, and enthusiasm for Jeff is high!

CO-PUBLISHERS: Crown/Random House (US) and Andersen Press (UK).

JEFF ZENTNER is the acclaimed author of The Serpent King. In addition to writing, he is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. Goodbye Days is his love letter to the city of Nashville and the talented people who populate it. He lives in Nashville with his wife and son. You can follow him on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @jeffzentner.

Author Residence: Nashville, TN

Publicity: School & library advertising

Featured title at major conferences: OLA and RFTLOI

National feature and review attention

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PRAISE FOR Goodbye Days:

“A gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming meditation on grief and forgiveness….”—Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

“Tender, honest, moving, and lyrical. His characters live and breathe. Ahh, lucky me. Lucky us. Zentner is the real thing.”—Benjamin Alire Sáenz, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Printz Honor Winner

“Hold on to your heart: this book will wreck you, fix you, and most definitely change you.”—Becky Albertalli, author of Morris Award winner Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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