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Tradition

(2018)
A novel by

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

Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.

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. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.

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.

When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a similar instinct for survival, but at a school where girls in the student handbook are rated by their looks, athletes stack hockey pucks in dorm room windows like notches on a bedpost, and school-sponsored dances push first-year girls out into the night with senior boys, the stakes for safe sex, real love, and true friendship couldn't be higher.

As Jules and Jamie's lives intertwine, and the pressures to play by the rules and remain silent about the school's secrets intensify, they see Fullbrook for what it really is. That tradition, a word Fullbrook hides behind, can be ugly, even violent. Ultimately, Jules and Jamie are faced with the difficult question: can they stand together against classmates - and an institution - who believe they can do no wrong?

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"A stunning, timely, and deeply poignant novel...this year's must read." - Kathleen Glasgow

"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

"Tradition is a startling portrait of privilege and rape culture, but it is also ultimately a book about resistance and hope, the power of friendship to embolden our integrity, and the courage to do the right thing even when everyone else seems to be doing wrong." - Amy Reed

"Powerful and necessary, Brendan Kiely bravely takes on class, privilege, and injustice in this layered, authentic story about friendship and finding the courage to stand up for what is right-Tradition is an important, timely book that will empower young men to rise up against misogyny and rape culture." - Amber Smith

"Tradition is a deeply felt, powerful, devastating and, ultimately, hopeful look at toxic rape culture and its destructive effects." - Nicola Yoon

"Brendan Kiely's Tradition is a searing literary call-to-arms in the most powerful and just sense: it takes a sledgehammer to our rotten, dangerous, and deeply ingrained traditions, so that we can build something new and beautiful in their place." - Jeff Zentner


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Hardback Editions

May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tradition
Author(s): Brendan Kiely
ISBN: 1-4814-8034-0 / 978-1-4814-8034-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tradition
Author(s): Brendan Kiely
ISBN: 1-4814-8035-9 / 978-1-4814-8035-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tradition
Author(s): Brendan Kiely
ISBN: 0-241-36280-6 / 978-0-241-36280-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Tradition
Author(s): Brendan Kiely
Publisher: Listening Library
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Tradition
Author(s): Brendan Kiely
Publisher: Listening Library
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Kindle Editions

May 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tradition
Author(s): Brendan Kiely
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tradition
Author(s): Brendan Kiely
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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