Tradition is not an excuse (Brendan Kiely)

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"Deeply felt, powerful, devastating and, ultimately, hopeful." -- Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star
"Powerful and necessary...an important, timely book." --Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be
"A story that belongs in every library." --School Library Journal (starred review)
"A thoughtfully crafted argument for feminism and allyship." --Kirkus Reviews

 

From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Brendan Kiely, a stunning novel that explores the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school.

 

Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy.

 

Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind.

 

Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don't disappoint us.

 

As Jules and Jamie's lives intertwine, and the pressures to play by the rules and to keep the school's toxic secrets, they are faced with a powerful choice: remain silent while others get hurt, or stand together against the ugly, sexist traditions of an institution that believes it can do no wrong.

 

Review

* "A novel to discuss."-- "Publishers Weekly, starred review"

* "Kiely handles extremely difficult issues--sexual assault, Internet shaming, substance abuse--delicately and tactfully, giving the characters the space organically to grow, learn and heal."
-- "Shelf Awareness, starred review"

"Kiely bravely explores rape culture and how it intersects with class and privilege... readers will find themselves rooting for the world not as it is, but as it might yet be." - Booklist

"This novel is a timely road map for those looking to find their places in this rapidly changing world... A thoughtfully crafted argument for feminism and allyship."--Kirkus

"What Tradition demonstrates is that women finding the courage to speak up is only part of the equation; men have to listen and, more importantly, be willing to change."-- "Chicago Tribune"

* "A story that belongs in every library."-- "School Library Journal, starred review"

* "There is no doubt: this is an important book that all young adults should read."-- "VOYA, starred review"

"The novel not only takes on rape culture within educational institutions, but condemns just about every sexist ideal we're taught to accept"-- "Culturess"

" Tradition is a deeply felt, powerful, devastating and, ultimately, hopeful look at toxic rape culture and its destructive effects." --Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star

"Tradition isn't so much a book as it is an invitation and a promise. An invitation to stand up for ourselves and for what's right, and a promise that if we stand, we won't do so alone. Beautifully written with Brendan's wit and compassion, this book is a must read for all those hopeful for a better world." --Shaun David Hutchinson, author of the Florida Book Awards' Gold Medal and ALA's 2015 Rainbow Book List novel, The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley.

About the Author

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, The Gospel of Winter, Tradition, and The Other Talk. His work has been published in ten languages; received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award; has twice been awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association; and has been a Kirkus Reviews Best Book. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives in New York City.