Year of the Amphibian

A year in the life of a teenage boy in the early 1980's: a coming-of-age novel of sorts, but also a story about siblings in a broken family, and about the echoes of history, and about art, and about burritos, and about toads, and about girls.

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Follow This Book:
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)
Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)


While this novel is set in the 1980's and partly in Los Angeles, it's not meant to be an exercise in nostalgia, and you certainly don't need to know the references to follow the story. That said, once you finish reading you can go back and trace them all via the magic of the internet:

For Book Clubs or Classrooms

"Year of the Amphibian" is a kind of portrait, with much that's debatable. To that end, I've assembled a number of discussion questions for book clubs or classrooms (and for anyone who has read the book):