GCC Presents………… Jeri Smith-Ready

This Side of SalvationJeri Smith-Ready (author of the
Shade trilogy) makes her contemporary debut in what Kirkus calls “a
captivating story of family heartbreak.”


Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David
got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his
parents? They got religious. David’s still figuring out his relationship
with a higher power, but there’s one thing he does know for sure:
The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier,
more he feels.

Then his parents start cutting all
their worldly ties in to prepare for the Rush, the divine moment when
the faithful will be whisked off to Heaven…and they want David to do
the same. David’s torn. There’s a big difference between living in the
moment and giving up his best friend, varsity baseball, and
Bailey—especially Bailey—in hope of salvation.

But when
he comes home late from prom, and late for the Rush, to find that his
parents have vanished, David is in more trouble than he ever could have


What Others Are Saying:

“THIS SIDE OF SALVATION is impossible to pigeonhole. It’s a mystery, a
love story, a tale of friendship, of prejudice, and of a family
overcoming tragedy…Jeri Smith-Ready has her finger on the pulse of
American youth.” — Printz Honor winner and NYT Bestseller Elizabeth Wein

“This is a frighteningly realistic story that delicately handles the
issues of religion and family—an emotional mystery sure to be popular
and perfect for discussion.” — VOYA, **Highlighted (Starred)

“[A] smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale…bringing to light
issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus
self—while never being heavy-handed.” Booklist, **Starred Review**

“This book has some of the best written, strongest, and most satisfying
character dynamics that I have read in a long time…There are no
extreme moral rights and wrongs in this book. These people just are, and
they work, and they make this story beautiful.” — Bibliopunkk

Giveaways Galore!

Jeri has two ongoing giveaways to celebrate the release of This Side
of Salvation

Join the Rush swag fest: free EXCLUSIVE swag for
everyone who orders TSOS on or before Monday, April 7.

Superfan contest (March 31 — April 9): share the
TSOS characters’ “trading cards” on your social networks to earn
points. Biggest Superfan wins the grand prize, but there’s a chance to
win a book and a gift card every day you play!

Here’s the first day’s card, featuring the main character, David


Cat blogging meets book birthday!

Meet Misha and Twinkle, the real-life inspiration for the cats of This Side of
, on PulseIt, the official site of Jeri’s publisher,
Simon Pulse.

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