As an education specialist, father of two, and a former middle school English teacher, Brian Herberger is immersed in the world of young adult fiction. In his debut novel, Herberger builds on his knowledge of this genre, drawing on themes that have piqued the interest of his students for more than a decade as they too come of age. He draws on childhood memories of flying with his father and combines them with his love of history to create a story that is exciting, meaningful and fun. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Brian now lives, reads, and writes in the Washington, DC area.
Miss E. Summary
Being the new kid in town is a way of life for Bets, but moving to California in 1967 is different. Her father leaves for the war in Vietnam, her history teacher gives an assignment that has the whole school searching for clues, and the town’s most mysterious resident shares a secret with Bets that has been hidden away for decades. When a peaceful protest spins out of control, Bets is forced to reconsider how she feels about the war her father is fighting and her own role in events taking place much closer to home.
Praise for Miss E.
“Herberger creates an engaging story as he adroitly weaves history and mystery into a coming-of-age tale... readers are likely to draw connections between current events and the political climate depicted in the book, and they’ll enjoy the unexpected revelation regarding Miss E.’s identity early on. It’s a polished debut with an inspiring protagonist.”
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"I read Miss E. in one sitting! This compelling story will keep you reading... Truly original!"
~ Kathy Williams, Reading Specialist Lake Braddock Secondary, Fairfax Virginia
"The characters unfold beautifully. They are complex, intriguing, and most of all, real."
~ Sarah Milne, English Teacher Kilmer Middle School, Fairfax Virginia
"Herberger writes deftly and convincingly in the voice of a 15-year-old..."
~ Serena Kessler, High School English Teacher
"I loved getting to know Bets and watching her evolve through her challenges in that tough time somewhere between childhood and adulthood. "
~ Krissy Ronan, High School Librarian
"Miss E. is an important book about relationships, self-discovery, and social justice. This novel is beautifully written and will leave you aching for a sequel."
~ Tiffani Grimsley, English Teacher McKinley High School - Canton, Ohio
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