It has been a while since my last post. But I have some arguably valid excuses. To wit, (1) moving from China to Borneo is a slightly involved procedure and (2) I’ve been busy completing tasks for my soon-to-be-released novel, The Orphan of Torundi!
Here’s what reviewers are saying:
“The Orphan of Torundi delivers all the key ingredients for a successful young adult novel…. A vivid landscape, a refreshingly unique plot and a lovable protagonist will keep you rooted to the story from the very first page. Surprising twists, and a heart-in-mouth romance take this novel beyond your average Young Adult read: all will rejoice in the turbulent adventure Sam takes the reader on.” –The Children’s Book Review
“[I]ntrigue and espionage writing at its best …. [W]ith its sweeping descriptions and involving protagonist, readers can expect to hop on board the departing train of adventure for an invigorating, can’t-put-it-down ride.” -Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
“The characters are detailed and believable. The settings are lush and exotic. The mystery is intriguing. The plot is complex and ultimately believable. In short, this is a perfect book. It contains everything I look for in a good story.” Amie’s Book Reviews
And, while I’m not so crazy about this review — mostly because I get the impression that the reviewer more or less skimmed my novel as he/she got some basic facts wrong — in the interest of full disclosure, here’s the link to Kirkus Reviews.
I thought it would be fun to post the ARC/Catalog Copy here. So, without further ado …
THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI
A PENELOPE PIPP PUBLISHING Young Adult Adventure/Romance
To find the truth, she must first uncover the lie ….
Orphaned as an infant, Sam is raised by a pharmaceutical research mission in the rain forests of Torundi. She wields a mean machete, makes soap from candlenuts and is a fairly astute amateur entomologist. You know, the normal stuff. But a month before her seventeenth birthday, she is exiled to an American boarding school in Penang, Malaysia.
Armed with little more than her unusual upbringing and church-lady clothes, Sam must contend with her new existence as the world’s most socially unprepared high school senior. Well that’s just fine. Because she is determined to solve the mystery behind her banishment and return home tout de suite.
But when she discovers the unthinkable – that her banishment is tied to an enigmatic corporation with illicit designs on Torundi – she realizes the real mystery she must uncover is … why? Soon, Sam is caught in a whirlwind of intrigue, danger and greed. As she chases this thread of truth to its end, she unravels a plot that threatens her beloved home, her trust in the boy she has grown to love and her own existence.
Blending espionage elements akin to The Bourne Identity with those high-school-awkward-moments (hey, it could happen), THE ORPHAN OF TORUNDI is a quirky, cross-cultural tale of adventure, self-discovery and romance.
J.L. MCCREEDY was born in New Jersey, grew up in Indonesia and Malaysia, graduated law school in Mississippi and currently lives in Borneo. She freelances as a writer and consultant for charitable organizations. Her debut novel, LIBERTY FRYE AND THE WITCHES OF HESSEN (Penelope Pipp Publishing) was released in 2012.
Available wherever books are sold.ISBN (E-book): 978-0-9882369-3-6/0988236931 ($4.99)
ISBN (Paperback): 978-0-9882369-2-9/0988236923 ($9.99)
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