Paul Shepherd
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More Like Not Running Away

"...packs such emotional power that reading it is like sustaining repeated blows to the heart."

                                 from a starred review in the American Library Associations's Booklist

 

Levi Revel is a boy in danger of losing his familyand maybe his mind.  He's in awe of his father, Everest, a majestic dreamer, a master builder, and a man with a violent, secret past that still haunts the family.  As the family moves from state to state, Levi hears solace in the voice of God, a voice that sends him to preach from treetops and roofs. 

 

But the family begins to fall apart, and as Levi enters adolescence, he hears more troubling things--other voices, terrifying sounds, warnings.  When Everest takes him on a high speed cross-country chase to win back Levi's mother, by force if necessary, Levi realizes how much danger they all are in. 

 

This debut novel takes readers across America, through the eyes and ears of a child who can't run away because his world is running away from him. From a boy lost in a world of imaginary voices and chilling destruction to a young man who can rebuild steeples, laugh, and climb, the story Levi tells is the triumph of persistence and reaching out over moments of isolation and despair.  

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