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Chris Lynch


Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE OLD HAUNTS. He holds an M.A. from the writing program at Emerson College. He mentors aspiring writers and continues to work on new literary projects. He lives in Boston and in Scotland.

Chris Lynch

Books by Chris Lynch

by Chris Lynch - Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Military, Young Adult 12+

Danny Manion has been fighting his entire life. When his actions finally land him in real trouble, he can't fight the judge who offers him a choice: jail...or the army. Turns out there's a perfect place for him in the US military: the Studies and Observation Group (SOG), an elite volunteer-only task force. The very same qualities that got him in trouble at home make him a natural-born commando in a secret war. Even if almost nobody knows he's there. 

by Chris Lynch - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Keir Sarafian insists he did nothing wrong. But no one will believe that he’s the good guy he knows he is --- no one except his father, Ray. And Ray is just the person Keir has to leave in order to have the fresh start he deserves. Now at Carnegie College, Keir’s life isn’t what he thought it would be. Two soccer players are poised to take his spot as kicker. Ray keeps calling, and Joyce, his guiding light on campus, seems to be avoiding him. When tragedy strikes, will Keir finally be able to confront his past actions and realize his potential?

by Chris Lynch - Fiction, Sports

Arlo Brodie loves being on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becoming “Starlo” on his way to the top. Arlo’s dad cheers him on, but his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch. Arlo’s girlfriend tries to make him see the danger; when that doesn’t work, she calls time---out on their relationship.Even Arlo’s coaches begin to track his hit count, almost ready to pull him off the field. But Arlo’s not worried about collisions because of  the cheering crowds and the adrenaline rush that convinces Arlo everything is OK---regardless of the pain, pounding dizziness and confusion.

by Chris Lynch - Family, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Crystal City called for him, and Kevin answered. And why wouldn’t he? His relationship with his father is broken --- as is his arm. With barely anyone to miss him or care if he’s gone, it seemed like the perfect time for Kevin to run away to his estranged uncle and create an entirely new identity. New name. New attitude. New friends. Maybe even a new girl. But will this new lifestyle help Kevin escape from the misery of his former life --- or will it drag him right back into the reasons he left home?

by Chris Lynch - Mystery

Two teens discover the true danger of love in this gripping novel from Printz Honor–winning author Chris Lynch.

by Chris Lynch - Children's, Historical Fiction
Roman loves his country even more than baseball, so when the United States joins World War II, he gives up baseball and joins the US Army. As it turns out, he is far more talented with a tank. The North African terrain is completely foreign, and desert warfare proves brutal. As Roman drives his team deeper into disputed territory, it becomes clear that life in wartime is a whole new ball game.
by Chris Lynch - Fiction


Boxing is the family sport --- but it's killing the family. It’s been five years since his father died, and fourteen-year-old George is the man of the family. He knows all too well how brutal the life of a fighter can be. Didn’t it kill his father? But Monty, George’s younger brother, has a completely different attitude. Boxing comes naturally to him. It’s in his blood. He thinks of it as his father’s legacy.

by Chris Lynch - Fiction, Historical Fiction, World History


Rudi is perhaps the most concerned about whether or not he'll be able to keep his promise to return home. After all he's not the most capable guy. He's not smart like Beck or brave like Ivan. He lacks the strength of Morris's moral convictions. But once Rudi is pulled kicking and screaming into the Marines, he at last finds something he's good at: following orders. Will that be enough to keep him alive?

by Chris Lynch - Fiction

When Daniel’s grandfather starts talking about his old job --- the people he’s killed, the countries he’s overthrown --- Daniel suspects the words are only dementia-induced babbling. That is, until the man’s old “friends” start showing up to make sure he keeps quiet.

by Chris Lynch - Fiction, Historical Fiction, World History

Of all his friends, Ivan is the only one looking forward to war. That's because Ivan has never backed down from a fight --- especially when it comes to fighting for what's right. And now, as war erupts in Vietnam, Ivan wants nothing more than to fight for his country, just as his father did in World War II.
Now, Ivan is forced to question what he's really fighting for...and whether it's a fight he can hope to win.

by Chris Lynch - Fiction, Historical Fiction, World History, Youth Fiction

Morris, Rudi, Ivan and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together --- and they pledge to do all they can to come home together. Morris pledges to keep his friends safe in the war zone, but can he save himself?

by Chris Lynch - Fiction

Alexander, who wants to be called Xan, is a misfit. He’s an awkward loner who hasn’t been able to find his place in the world. Xan’s half-brother, Robert, seems exactly the opposite. When Robert suspects Xan is traveling down a dangerous path of extremism, he is determined to intervene before it’s too late.

by M. T. Anderson, K. L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, An Na, and Jacqueline Woodson - Fiction, Short Stories

What's the line that separates childhood from the "real world"? And what happens when the "real world" is nothing you imagined it would be? Six award-winning authors --- M. T. Anderson, K. L. Going, Beth Kephart, Chris Lynch, An Na and Jacqueline Woodson --- tackle the subject of the "real world" in this collection of pieces about graduation, suicide, pregnancy, death, pain, love and loss.