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Leah Thomas signs in San Diego

Southern CA readers are invited to join Mysterous Galaxy’s launch party for Nowhere Near You, the sophomore novel from local YA author Leah Thomas. Ollie and Moritz, who became correspondents in Leah’s Indies Introduce Pick debut, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, return. (See Sarah’s review below.) Leah is a familiar figure at local conventions, known for her superlative cosplay, a Clarion graduate, and supporter of new writers.

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ISBN: 9781681191782
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - February 7th, 2017

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can't escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they've made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?

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ISBN: 9781681190211
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - February 7th, 2017

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times--as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.

Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz--two extraordinary new voices--this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale that is completely unforgettable.

Event address: 
5943 Balboa Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111
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