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Book Review of Reversal by Eric Linne: Shelbyville News March 28, 2014

Reversal by Eric Linne Book Review in Shelbyville News

The article was submitted by Carolyn Statler of Three Sisters Books and Gifts:

“Some of you may know Eric Linne, a former Shelbyville resident.  He is the author of a new book, Reversal.  The target audience is young adult/teen and the protagonist is a fourteen-year-old girl.  However, as many of you have discovered, our young adult section is a place to find many great books that adults will enjoy.  Reversal is one of those books.

Reversal is the story of Kayla who has experienced a tragic loss when her parents are killed in an automobile accident.  The closest family she has is a cousin of her father’s who agrees to take her in.  This is not a family she knows well and a family already strapped for money and three children of their own.  Moving to their home also entails leaving Chicago where she has always lived and taking up residence in the attic of her new home in the little fictional town of Sheffield, Indiana.  Consumed by grief and anger, Kayla is having a great deal of trouble adjusting to her new life.

The story begins in a sort of “Cinderella” fashion.  Kayla is given an unfinished attic room which was never intended to be a bedroom complete with a pull-down ladder to reach it.  She is given many chores including feeding two ferocious dogs.  The two older children seem to dislike her heartily (although the youngest seems to like her a lot) and her sort-of step-mother appears to be constantly annoyed at Kayla’s very presence.  Add to the pressures at home are the pressures of being a new kid at school, especially when you resent being there at all.

Linne does a wonderful job of portraying life in a small Midwestern high school.  You can almost experience the sounds and smells.  Nothing ever quite smells like a school.  Linne also captures the character of Kayla as she moves from grief and resentment to healing and acceptance.  One of the points that LInne makes more than once which should be helpful to teen readers is that there are always some adults at any school who are willing to listen and truly want to help.  I think the story is realistic in that Kayla does not want to ask for help and is most reluctant to accept it when it is offered.  Linne has sympathetically and with amazing understanding given voice to a fourteen-year-old girl.

Local readers will enjoy the many direct and oblique references to Shelbyville and Shelby County.  I will leave it to readers to discover those references themselves.

Linne has bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina.  H e has been a consultant for community health centers and director of home care for the American Hospital Association.  He wrote a screen play, The Bears of Blue River, based on the book of the same title.  Reversal grew out of his Master’s thesis in children’s literature.

Linne will be signing his book at Three Sisters Books & Gifts, 7 Public Square, this Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Please stop in to greet him and buy a copy of his book.  Reversal is published by CreateSpace and retails for $13.99.”

 

 

 

YA Author Eric Linne Signing Reversal March 29, 2014

Reversal by Eric Linne as seen in South Park LifeEric Linne will be signing his YA novel Reversal at Three Sisters Books on March 29th from 11 to 1. If you’re in the Shelbyville, IN area, drop by and have a chance to talk with Eric about his new book.

The novel is about a midwestern teen, Kayla Burbadge, living in a small Indiana farm town.  As her life spirals downward, an unlikely mentor steps in and offers Kayla a challenge – to join the high school all-male wrestling team.   

This “unconventional choice of a high school sport leads her on a path towards friendship and self discovery. I urge you to read this book.” WC, Santa Rosa, CA

IU’s Robert H McKinney Law School Alumni Publication Showcases YA Novelist Eric Linne

The following is an excerpt of an article in Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law’s recent alumni publication that showcases Eric’s first YA novel, Reversal.

Eric Linne, ’81, Releases His First Novel Completed for Master’s Thesis in English

Eric LinneEric Linne, ’81, has become a published author with the release of his novel for young adults titled “Reversal.” It’s the story of a recently orphaned and displaced 14-year-old girl who finds redemption by being a part of her school’s all-boy wrestling team. Linne completed the book as his master’s thesis in English at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. It’s available for purchase on Linne’s website, or at Amazon…. To read the entire article, click here.

Eric Linne Joins the Independent Author’s Network (IAN)

Eric Linne at Independent Author’s Network (IAN) Eric Linne has recently joined the Independent Author’s Network (IAN).

The Independent Author Network is a community of authors who are self published or published by a small indie press. The members actively promote their books at social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn etc.

Eric’s page on the Independent Author’s Network may be accessed at http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/eric-linne.html.

You can also find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.