Teacher/author finds success with novels depicting real lifeWhile many
know Andy Smith as an AP Social Studies teacher and rugby coach at Canyon
High School, what most people don’t
know is that he is also an award-winning author of many books.
book, Ghost Medicine (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan), was recently selected by
the American Library Association as a "Best Book for Young Adults
2009." The book is receiving
tremendous attention and praise from all over the country, and has actually
been chosen by several schools in states as far away as Pennsylvania
and Minnesota for use in the
second novel, In The Path Of Falling Objects, also from Macmillan, is just now
being made available to libraries, booksellers, and reviewers as Advance Reader
Copies, with a publication date set in October of this year. The novel tells
the story of three brothers in New Mexico,
during the Vietnam War, who struggle to hold their family together. Already,
the novel is receiving widespread attention and praise.
have also been acquired by Random House for audio versions, and in the path of
falling objects is set to begin production this June for a fall 2009 release.
Smith also has three more novels currently under negotiation with Macmillan;
the next, Winger, most likely to be in bookstores in 2010.
High School is housing its own
(soon to be) famous writer and he is an awesome resource for students and
parents, according to English Department Chair Sarah Delawder. The notes that
Smith’s books are perfect novels for “non readers” as well as avid readers.
says about Smith’s second book, “Not only could it be a primer for a college-level
creative writing class, but it could also be a casual read for someone who
HATES READING! It's that good.”
started writing novels when he became frustrated that most books for boys
involved fantasy and dragons and magicians.
He wanted to write books for boys about reality and things real boys
actually do. He knew that boys are notorious
for not wanting to read and has produced two books which are extremely
two of the most phenomenal, readable, gripping and original books I've ever
read. Every boy will love them,”
commented Casey Cuny, an English teacher at Canyon High who has done much
research in the area of boys and reading.
want to encourage their kids to read are encouraged to check out resident
author Andrew Smith’s "Ghost Medicine" in bookstores now and in the path of
falling objects when it’s made available in book stores this fall.