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.”
~ Publishers Weekly
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"A poignant tale with its share of fast-paced action inspired by historical events... Herberger provides readers an inspiring young heroine... immediately endearing and appealing to readers as an intelligent, mature, and determined young student."
~ The BookLife Prize
“Herberger’s writing is heartfelt, imaginative and keeps you turning the pages.”
~ Corey Thornblad, Fairfax County Public Schools 2016
Outstanding Teacher of the Year
"I read Miss E. in one sitting! This compelling story will keep you reading... Truly original!"
~ Kathy Williams, Reading Specialist
"The characters unfold beautifully. They are complex, intriguing, and most of all, real."
~ Sarah Milne, English Teacher
"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
I'm using bublish.com to share excerpts from Miss E. along with my comments, connections, and writing process.
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.
Excerpts, along with Brian's comments, are currently available at bublish.com