Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  

Just Call My Name

Written by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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A riveting, emotional drama about what it means to be friends and what it means to be enemies, blending literary and fast-paced writing to create a pitch-perfect teen read.

A Piece of Passion from Brenda Gardner, Publisher I started my career with the legendary Kaye Webb, and she always used to say that she read the books submitted in bed, and then the ones she remembered three days later were the ones she bought. That is a good criteria to follow, and if memory is anything to go by this book stands head and shoulders above some great books. I started to read the manuscript a year ago thinking I would take a break in an hour or two and of course I couldn't put it down. The book has the most exciting climax ever – a sheer roller-coaster of a ride – and not only was I muttering under my breath against one of the characters, I was holding my breath. My memory of the story is as crystal clear! Anyone who has read any of Holly's other books know the skill, compassion and beauty of her writing, and this book will give her even more laurels. I guarantee you will love and remember it.

Synopsis

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Emily Bell finally has everything she wants. The boy she loves, Sam Border, lives just
down the road, and they’re now in a healthy, committed relationship. Her family is
adopting his younger brother, and now she and Sam have a whole summer to enjoy
together without the stresses of his traumatic past with a criminally insane father. But
little do they know that Clarence Border is planning a jailbreak...and then he’s coming after Emily and his sons to get revenge.

When Emily is taken at gunpoint, there’s only one person who secretly witnesses the
crime: the charismatic new girl in town, Destiny, who has been flirting with Sam since
she arrived and making Emily question the loyalty of the person she thought she could trust most. Now the two girls will have to band together and find a way to outwit Sam’s vengeful father before it’s too late in an edge-of-your-seat race to the finish.

About the Author

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Michigan, USA and spent her childhood living in the Netherlands, Istanbul and various parts of the USA.

She has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California.

I’ll Be There was her debut novel, published to much acclaim, followed by Counting by 7s and Just Call My Name.

A Q&A with Holly

What inspires your writing?

I’m no spring chicken, so I have had many moments that felt special in my work life. I wrote a movie called Angels in the Outfield and we screened that movie in Pittsburgh at the baseball stadium outside at night during the All-Star game in front of 45,000 people. That certainly felt like a very big deal. Counting By 7s was chosen as the best book of the year for young people this past December by Amazon. My agent called and I remember her saying “The largest retailer in the world has picked your book for this honor.” I felt the hair stand up on my arms.

How did you first become an author?
My mother moved not long ago and I found the little report cards that my teachers had written when I was a child. When I was seven years old my teacher wrote: “I hope for the rest of her life Holly tells stories.” I was shocked. What kind of stories does a 7 year old tell? I think I became an author at an early age. I become a screenwriter before I became a published author, and I think that adds an element to my writing.

What are you reading right now?
I just read a book called I’ll Give You The Sun, by Jandy Nelson. I really enjoyed this novel. It’s coming out in the U.S. in September of 2014. And I loved John Corey Whaley’s Noggin. I just finished Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. I’m late to the party on that book, which was great.

What was your earliest career aspiration?
I believe when I was really young I told people that I wanted to be President of the United States when I grew up. This caused people to howl. I believe what I was saying was that I wanted some power in the universe.

What advice would you give to budding writers?
I think all writers are readers. And I think all writers are writers. And by that I mean that you have to do it all the time. You have to write and then rewrite. Your work gets better and better. Your commitment to writing is as important as the writing itself in the beginning. You have to be all in.

What was your favourite childhood book?
I think the first book I truly loved was Charlotte’s Web.

Where is your favourite place to write?
I write sitting on my bed. I have an office in my house. And for a long time when my kids were young I rented an office so that I’d be forced to leave and go to work. But my favourite place to write is sitting on my bed. You can see the ocean from there and I look out at the vast expanse of blue grey and stories begin to tell themselves.

How do you read- print, digitally or both?

I most admire teachers and architects. They both change the world and don’t get enough credit. I loved so many of my teachers as a child. They taught me to think for myself and to dream big.

Are there any books you wish you had written?
There are many, many, many books that I wish I had written. Anything by C.S. Lewis. Anything by Faulkner.

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Paperback
336 pages
Interest Age: From 16

Author

Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Piccadilly Press Ltd an imprint of Templar Publishing

Publication date

4th September 2014

ISBN

9781848124127

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