What is paradise for a fourteen-year-old boy?

For Conrad it’s definitely not dusty Los Angeles, where he’s stuck living with his mother and his cheeky little sisters.

Paradise is the forest where his dad still lives,
by the water where everything is beautiful,
where he belongs.

IndieReader Discovery Awards 2019:
- Winner, Best First Book
"A timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance." - 5/5 stars (read full review)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
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~ Journal 6 ~

This album is full of life and interest, and you're going to want to get up and dance to some of these tracks. Jordi Savall and his people came across Peruvian manuscripts called the "Codex Trujillo", ca. 1780 around fifteen years ago, so some of these songs have shown up in quite diff...

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The Rest Is Noise has been called a work of social history rather than just music history, which is true, but what's most remarkable is how it sticks close to individual human lives, not losing them to the broad strokes. And there are recurring themes in those strokes, all the way to the end, resul...

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In the 1970's and into the early 80's a kind of decoration existed called a "rain lamp" which featured a small sculpture surrounded by a lattice of wires. A pump would send mineral oil to the top, where it would fall as beads down the wires, giving a water-droplet effect that was both cheesy and mes...

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Visual art would seem to be more central in "Year of the Amphibian", but a lot of music is mentioned in the course of the story, and certain scenes hinge on music. Here I've listed every musical reference by chapter, with YouTube videos or Spotify playlists (plus Wikipedia for more information).


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When I was a kid I loved the show "Land Of The Lost" and would get up early in the morning to watch reruns. In my book "Year of the Amphibian" I mention the show twice, specifically two episodes that you can watch on YouTube. I chose these two episodes because they are good ones that I remember, and...

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