Up until last month I was contest manager for the literary magazine PRISM international at the University of British Columbia. Very kindly, my successors have given a shout-out to The Unwanted on their website. Check it out—and check out the magazine as well. The current issue features the winners of the creative non-fiction contest.
Looking for some good young adult fiction to read over the summer? Well, look no further than former PRISM Contest Manager Jeffrey Ricker’s The Unwanted!
Jeffrey’s second novel follows Jamie Thomas, who has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But that’s before he learns the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive.
And she’s an Amazon.
Sixteen years after she left him on his father’s doorstep, she’s back… and needs Jamie’s help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.
Prophecy? Adventure? Amazons? No need to invent an imaginary niece or…
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