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Teach Me named to National Public Radio's list of "Best Young Adult Fiction Ever Written"

"There is not a name for what I'm feeling. There is no description for it. To call it yearning would be like calling the ocean water. Whatever this thing is, it shoves you inside itself and you can't measure its boundaries because they go too far and you don't have enough time. Or you move toward the boundaries and they move away. There has been an earthquake in my life.”

Teach Me is a powerful debut novel that readers will not be able to put down. From the very first page, Nine speaks in a voice that is at once raw, honest, direct, and unusually eloquent, inviting you inside an experience that fascinates everyone—an affair between teacher and student—and giving a personal answer to the question: How does this happen? R. A. Nelson's strong writing is paired with a story about a love so intense that the person you're with becomes your world, and when you lose that person, you lose your world.

Days of Little Texas named to Maine State Library "Cream of the Crop" list

A ghostly love story from the author of Teach Me

Welcome, all ye faithful—and otherwise—to a ghost story, a romance, and a reckoning unlike anything you’ve read before. Acclaimed YA author R. A. Nelson delivers a tantalizing tale set in the environs of the evangelical revival circuit and centered around Ronald Earl, who at ten became the electrifying “boy wonder” preacher known as Little Texas. Now sixteen, though the faithful still come and roar with praise and devotion, Ronald Earl is beginning to have doubts that he is worthy of and can continue his calling. Doubts that only intensify when his faith and life are tested by a mysterious girl who he was supposed to have healed, but who is now showing up at the fringe of every stop on the circuit. Is she merely devoted, or is she haunting him? Fascinating and original, this is an unusual story whose reverb will be deeply felt and which will inspire lively book discussion.

Awards and Recognitions

Finalist for National Public Radio's List of "the Best Young Adult Fiction Ever Written"

Booksense Kid Picks

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

Nominated for Best Books for Young Adults List

Romance Times Best Books of the Year

Texas Library Association Tayshas List

Miami Herald Best Books of the Year

Teensreadtoo.com Hall of Fame Gold Star Award

Tamora Pierce, Favorite Reads

Horn Book Magazine Newcomers List

Teenreads.com Best Books of the Year

Maine State Library "Cream of the Crop" list

West Virginia News and Sentinel Best Books of the Year

Parent’s Choice Recommended Seal Winner

YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Nomination

Nominated for Rodda Book Award

Flamingnet Top Choice Award

Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick

Best Young Adult Literature of the Year, Iowa City School District

Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award (Top Twenty)

Great Books Baltimore County Public Library

Dona Vaughn SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant

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