About the Book

Title: Jesus Jackson
Author: James Ryan Daley
Publisher: The Poisoned Pencil
Publication Date: October, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery
Paperback: $10.95 (ISBN:9781929345069)
Ebook: $5.99 (ISBN:9781929345076)
Media Contact: Tiffany M. White (email)


Jonathan Stiles is a 14 year-old atheist who is coping with his first day at the fervently religious St. Soren’s Academy when his older brother Ryan is found dead at the bottom of a ravine behind the school. As his world begins to crumble, Jonathan meets an eccentric stranger who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jesus Christ (except for his white linen leisure suit and sparkling gold chains). Jesus Jackson, as he calls himself, claims to be a “Spiritual Contractor” (he builds gods for people: 100% faith guaranteed) and he offers to provide Jonathan with some faith of his own. When Jonathan declines, Jesus Jackson urges him to reconsider, and then hints that Ryan’s death may not have been an accident after all.

Inspired by Jesus Jackson, Jonathan teams up with Henry, his new best friend at St. Soren’s, to investigate Ryan’s death. But when the boys find evidence pointing to Alistair St. Claire (the new captain of the football team and Ryan’s closest friend) the police refuse to listen, and Jonathan is forced to take matters into his own hands.

Jonathan goes on to battle sanctimonious school psychologists, overzealous administrators, and a cavalry of Christian classmates on his quest to discover the truth about Ryan’s death—and about God, high school, and the meaning of life, while he’s at it. But he keeps getting distracted by Cassie St. Claire—Alistair’s quirky, beautiful, agnostic younger sister—who holds the keys to the answers that Jonathan is searching for, but who also makes him wonder if he should be searching for them at all.

“The book excels, sidestepping holier-than-thou rhetoric and addressing the pain of loss head-on as well as painting a wonderful depiction of a young man coming to terms with how he was raised and how he wants to lead his own life… Smart and sweet, comforting and moving.”

-from the Kirkus Starred Review

About James Ryan Daley

James Ryan Daley is a writer, editor, and digital designer. A graduate of the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, James spends most of his time teaching writing to college students, creating websites about video games, and editing anthologies of short fiction and political rhetoric. When he’s not obsessing over pixels and pronouns, James can usually be found attempting to injure himself with sailboats, arguing with strangers on the Internet, and seeking out adventure with his wife and two daughters. Jesus Jackson is his debut novel.

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About The Poisoned Pencil

desThe Poisoned Pencil is a young adult mystery publisher committed to publishing original, high-quality mysteries for teens and adults. Founded in 2012, the Pencil is an imprint of Poisoned Pen Press–one of the largest publishers of mysteries in the country.

Today’s world is complex and fast-paced, and today’s teens are looking for books that will entertain and also challenge them. The Poisoned Pencil is committed to offering mysteries that explore the furthest corners of the young adult world, in works with off-beat approaches young adults can really feel connected to and narrative choices that reflect the complexity and ambiguity of today’s world.

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