Sunday, July 6, 2008

Leap Years

Author: Ian Bennett

First line: Hi. I'm Jake.

Why you should read this book: Freshman year, Jake's life is so pathetic that even the bullies don't notice him, but that all changes when a six-foot tall frog named Wilbur enters into his life and persuades him to shake things up. Under the tutelage of his imaginary friend, Jake begins to break out of his self-imposed boredom, playing pranks at school, going out with girls, becoming a basketball star, and, eventually, senior class president. For all its fantasy, it's a fairly realistic portrait of how to be a happy teenager.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You think high school is meant to be taken seriously.


ankur said...

where can i find biography of ian bennett?


Dragon said...

that's a tough one. i don't know that he has published enough to have biographies written about him. (there is a widely published ian bennett who writes exclusively about oriental rugs, but i doubt he is the same person.)

i would suggest trying to contact the publisher, candlelight press. they can probably offer some information, or pass any questions you have on to the author.

John Ira Thomas said...

Dragon, thanks much for the review of LEAP YEARS!

Ian's definitely not the oriental rug expert, but he will have a new book in 2009 from Candle Light Press. Ankur, if you have any questions for Ian, feel free to email me at ding [at] candlelightpress [dot] com and I'll see what I can do for you.

John Ira Thomas
Candle Light Press