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Brendan Kiely


Brendan Kiely

Brendan Kiely received an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York. His writing has appeared in Fiction, Guernica, Big Bridge, and the journal Mikrokosmos Literary Journal, among other publications. Originally from the Boston area, he now teaches at an independent high school and lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.

Brendan Kiely

Books by Brendan Kiely

by Brendan Kiely - Contemporary Fiction, Dating, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Jules just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook Academy behind. Jamie feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but his hockey scholarship has given him a chance to escape his past. At a school where girls are rated by their looks and school-sponsored dances push first year girls out into the night with senior boys, the stakes for safe sex, real love and true friendship couldn’t be higher. As Jules and Jamie’s lives intertwine, they see Fullbrook for what it really is. Can they stand together against classmates --- and an institution --- who believe they can do no wrong?

by Brendan Kiely - Family, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Corrina's a musician, itching for any chance to escape, become the person she really wants to be. And Hendrix, he’s cool. Kind of a poet. Gpa is his only real family, but he’s fading fast from Alzheimer’s. Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promise --- that he’ll get him back east to the hill where he first kissed his wife, before he forgets all about her. One hot July night, Hendrix and Corrina decide to risk everything. They steal a car, spring Gpa from his assisted living facility, stuff Old Humper the dog into the back seat and take off on a cross-country odyssey from LA to NY.

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely - Coming of Age, Youth Fiction

A bag of chips. That’s all 16-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

by Brendan Kiely

A fearless debut novel about the restorative power of truth and love after the trauma of abuse.