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Now available, R.A. Nelson's new book, The Rules of Forever

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Joan hates her name and her Army brat life. Funny, sharp, vulnerable, she’s left friends behind in 4 states and calls herself “ninja romantic.” Allen’s a football star who’s secretly a dreamy misfit with a passion for e.e. cummings. But those lives are gone forever. Bedridden in a military hospital, they are doomed to nightmarish days of fear, boredom, and misery – until they meet online. Kindred spirits, they desperately craft a secret digital sanctuary governed only by 4 unbreakable rules:





Raw, uplifting, laced with humor and sensuality, their unforgettable story is told entirely in their chat room voices. Free to laugh, rage, share dreams lost forever, they forge a fiery Terabithia of the mind beyond pain and grief and crash into a searing, impossible first love – before it’s too late to say goodbye. A new love story by the author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name.

Teach Me honored as finalist for National Public Radio's list of "Best Young Adult Fiction Ever Written"

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

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Awards and Nominations

Maine State Library "Cream of the Crop" list

West Virginia News and Sentinel Best Books of the Year

Nominated for Rodda Book Award

Parent’s Choice Recommended Seal Winner

YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Nomination

Flamingnet Young Adult Top Choice Award

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

Nominated for Best Books for Young Adults List

Texas Library Association Tayshas List Hall of Fame Gold Star Award

Tamora Pierce, Favorite Reads

Flamingnet Top Choice Award

Night Owl Romance Reviewer Top Pick

Books for the Teen Age selected by the New York Public Library

Booksense Kid Picks

Romance Times Best Books of the Year

YALSA BBYA Best Books for Young Adults (nominated)

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

Horn Book Magazine Newcomers List

Miami Herald Best Books of the Year Best Books of the Year

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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