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My new YA novel Rikers High.

Rikers High is based on the real-life stories of several students with whom I worked during my six years of teaching incarcerated teens to read and write on Rikers Island, the world’s largest jail. I believe that it is, by far, my best and most…


Posted on February 20, 2010 at 8:10pm

new novel "Homestretch"

I have a new novel out today called Homestretch. It is a about a teen runaway from Texas named Gas, who was brought up to hate Mexicans. He winds up working on the backstretch of a racetrack, beneath the very same Mexicans that Gas was always told he was better than. It's a YA book about prejudice and connecting with a larger more universal family. The opening chapter can be read at my website-

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 5:18pm

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At 5:19am on January 26, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Paul,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 2:13pm on October 12, 2009, Jack said…
Thanks, Paul! Much appreciated :)
At 3:11pm on October 10, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Paul

I'm compiling a list of the favorite books from famous people here. Would this be of any interest to you and your library patrons?


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