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Setting Free the Kites

(2017)
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From the author of the "lyrical and compelling" (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship, loss, and hope.

For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous - and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan's budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It's there that Nathan's boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge.

Unforgettable and heartbreaking, Setting Free the Kites is a poignant and moving exploration of the pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

"Funny, devastating, and so human and humane, this novel is filled with characters so alive and complex." - Caroline Leavitt

"Setting Free the Kites is a coming-of-age novel driven by the forces of hope. Alex George skillfully proves that the tethers of a painful past can be cut, freeing us to rise above our circumstances if only we have fearless hearts." - Sarah McCoy


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Hardback Editions

March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Setting Free the Kites (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 1-4104-9782-8 / 978-1-4104-9782-6 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Setting Free the Kites
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Setting Free the Kites
Author(s): Alex George
ISBN: 0-399-57648-7 / 978-0-399-57648-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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February 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Setting Free the Kites
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ISBN: 0-7352-1566-9 / 978-0-7352-1566-5 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Setting Free the Kites
Author(s): Alex George
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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February 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Setting Free the Kites
Author(s): Alex George
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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February 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Setting Free the Kites
Author(s): Alex George
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Setting Free the Kites
Author(s): Alex George
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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