Going Place - AVAILABLE NOW!
Kathy Berla's latest YA novel, Going Places, is available now. This coming of age novel tells the story of Hudson Wheeler, a teen for whom everyone had high expectations. But everything went downhill after his father died on the battlefield of Iraq. Going Places is a peek into what male adolescence looks like today for those who don't follow traditional paths as they strive to find themselves.
Everyone had high expectations for Hudson Wheeler. His fourth grade teacher even wrote to his parents that Hudson was "going places." But everything went downhill after his father died on the battlefield of Iraq one year later. Now facing his senior year of high school without his two best friends by his side and with his teacher's letter still haunting him, Hudson seizes homeschooling as an opportunity to retreat from the world.
What happens during this year will prove to be anything but a retreat, as Hudson experiences love and rejection for the first time and solves the painful mystery of the “girl in the window”—an apparition seen only by the WWII vet whose poignant plight forces Hudson out of the comfort zone of boyhood.
Praise for Going Places
"Told by a highly likeable, good-humored narrator who shoulders the sadness of loss, Going Places unfolds like a time-lapse video of a blooming flower, revealing both the selfishness and the generosity of the human spirit."
- VOYA Magazine, Perfect Ten Review
"This coming-of-age novel has many threads, but the author satisfactorily attempts to highlight the hidden casualties of war and the devastating effects of dementia. The first-person narrative provides deeper understanding of the male teen mind-set." - School Library Journal
"Kathryn Berla is a STAR at writing characters and making me root for them and believe them... I TOTALLY admire her writing skills and have enjoyed both books I've read of hers."
"This is my second Berla book, and I have to say, she knows how to write a book that tugs at my heartstrings. I really loved being able to accompany Hudson on his journey, as he took a crooked path in trying to find his way back from his grief and towards his future."
"This is a true coming-of-age story, cute, funny, sad, poignant, and uplifting all at the same time. There’s even a bit of suspense/mystery thrown in. The (female) author does a remarkable job of taking us into the mind of a teenage boy." - Lynda