Friday, September 25, 2015

Free Book Friday: The Way Back from Broken

Happy Friday, everyone! Congrats to Gloria Wilson, who's won a copy of Swashbuckling Scoundrels. Gloria, send your address to and we'll get your book in the mail!

How about Carolrhoda Lab™ giveaway?

This week, enter to win The Way Back from Broken by Amber J. Keyser. In the book's starred review, Booklist calls it a "vivid, moving exploration of grief and recovery."

Rakmen Cannon's life is turning out to be one sucker punch after another. His baby sister died in his arms, his parents are on the verge of divorce, and he's flunking out of high school. The only place he fits in is with the other art therapy kids stuck in the basement of Promise House, otherwise known as support group central. Not that he wants to be there. Talking doesn't bring back the dead.

When he's shipped off to the Canadian wilderness with ten-year-old Jacey, another member of the support group, and her mom, his summer goes from bad to worse. He can't imagine how eight weeks of canoeing and camping could be anything but awful.

Yet despite his expectations, the vast and unforgiving backcountry just might give Rakmen a chance to find the way back from broken . . . if he's brave enough to grab it.

Amber J. Keyser's debut novel is a wrenching and brutally honest story of adversity and hope.

If you'd like to win The Way Back from Broken, please leave a comment on this post (including your first and last name), or tweet this line: Free Book Friday! Tweet to win THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN by @amberjkeyser from @LernerBooks. Make sure to check the blog next week to see if you've won!

To read more about Amber and The Way Back from Broken, check out this Q&A we did with her last April and her guest blog post from a few weeks ago. 


  1. I have been in awe of this story since its first draft, as you can see from this letter to "Wayback" last July.
    Like all good literature, The Way Back from Broken heals and satisfies. Bravo!

  2. Tweeted! Tuesday Carlson @mstlcmn on Twitter

  3. Can't wait to read Amber Keyser's debut novel THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN! Congrats to a very deserving writer!