Paul Kropp's Novels for Young Adults
HOMERUN: another book that's not about baseball. The sequel to Running the Bases. Alan Macklin made it to third base in Running the Bases, but now he's ready for the metaphorical homerun. He chases college girls at his university, he goes after an older woman in town, he has a frustrating fling with his roommate's very sexy younger sister, and then he heads to Mexico for a spring break ... but something always seems to come between Alan and his very simple goal. Even his very religious roommate seems to have more luck with women than he does. Definitely, definitely not for younger readers. $13.95 from Random House/Doubleday Canada.
RUNNING THE BASES: definitely not a book about baseball. A lighthearted look at the issues of teenage dating: a funny book with some serious ideas beneath the surface. Alan Macklin has a simple goal - he wants a girl, some girl, any girl - but he hasn't a clue how to get started. When advice from his friend Jeremy proves unreliable, he decides to go right to the source - a girl he can trust. That girl teaches him everything he needs to know about dating, except for how to reach home base. $13.95 from Random House/Doubleday Canada. Click the cover for a sample from Chapter 1.
THE COUNTESS AND ME A young teen must choose between acceptance by a popular teenage gang or solidarity with the strange older woman who has befriended him. This is a classic "guy" book, complete with anger, alcohol, physical fights, challenges to belong and the angst of a real young man. Fitzhenry and Whiteside - Canada and U.S.
MOONKID AND PROMETHEUS. In this sequel to Moonkid and Liberty, Ian is assigned to tutor a very large black teenager, but soon finds he does most of the learning. "In this novel," says Paul Kropp, "I tried to complete Libby's story and round out Ian's character, but I think I ended up with a classic "buddy" novel," says Kropp. These two Moonkid novels are the most celebrated of Paul Kropp's novels around the world. $5.95 Cdn. mass market paperback. Stoddart imprint of Fitzhenry and Whiteside.
THE ROCK. Four childhood friends face difficult teenage years as their leader, the Rock, gets hooked on crack. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.