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Neil Connelly


Neil Connelly

Neil Connelly's first YA novel, ST. MICHAEL'S SCALES, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. He teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.

Neil Connelly

Books by Neil Connelly

by Neil Connelly - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Social Issues, Sports, Young Adult 12+

Eddie MacIntyre's future is bright with wrestling scholarship offers and the dream of helping his mom. But then comes a fateful match at the state championship, when his rage consumes him and he assaults a referee. Mac loses all he and his mom have worked to build. Facing arrest, Mac runs away and is recruited into Brawlers, an illegal underground fighting ring run by a gangland boss. Mac teams up with Khajee, a girl with the fighting skills he'll need to learn to survive. Together the two must figure out their place in a world that hasn't been kind to them...and forge a future that could be.

by Neil Connelly - Adventure, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Young Adult 12+

Eli and Max both have good reasons to go to the lighthouse on Shackles Island. For Max, it's an old vacation spot, the rare location where she has only good memories --- so it's the right place to scatter her dad's ashes. For Eli, it's the highest point near his Louisiana home, with the clearest view of the rocks where his sister died --- so it's the right place to end his own life as well. But neither of them expected the other, nor the storm. Because Hurricane Celeste is roaring toward Shackles Island, and its power will break bridges, slash electric lines, and stir up deadly wildlife --- some of it human. 

by Neil Connelly - Fiction, Religion, Young Adult 14+

Andi Grant adores her 6-year-old brother Daniel, a "miracle child" who survived a fall down a mine shaft. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings, but Andi worries about their effects on her brother, especially when she finds signs of a stalker around their home. Andi finds herself wrestling with her own beliefs in God and her brother and wondering if what she really needs is...a miracle.