We'll Fly Away

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Greenwillow Books
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5.9 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Bryan Bliss is the author of the National Book Award longlist title We'll Fly Away as well as Thoughts & Prayers, Meet Me Here, and No Parking at the End Times. He is an Episcopal priest and a creative writing teacher, and he holds master's degrees in theology and fiction. His nonfiction has been published in Image Journal along with various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. He lives with his family in St. Paul, Minnesota.


"A smart, rugged, all-too-true story of friendship under fire. Believable characters and page-turning tension. Bryan Bliss is going to be around for a while." -- --Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

"We'll Fly Away asks readers to consider the women and men on death row, not as scary photographs or philosophical arguments, but as actual human beings. People who are flawed, but still have hopes and dreams. People who are capable of transformation and growth. People who are more than the worst thing they've ever done. Bryan Bliss has written an empathetic and stirring novel about what it means to fight for the outcasts, the forgotten, and even the hated, reminding us that we all have worth. That we are all valuable." -- Sister Helen Prejean

"A poignant story of loyalty, abuse, and poverty...Readers will easily empathize with quiet, tightly controlled Luke...and goofy, self-effacing Toby. This compassionate and beautifully rendered novel packs an emotional punch." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Bliss weaves together a compelling and raw story...A powerful story of loyalty, betrayal, and crippling family dysfunction." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Complex...Bliss excels at this kind of storytelling, the sort that zeros in on a character and offers a full, vibrant picture of his or her circumstances and choices. ...[Bliss] instills so much raw humanity in his characters that it's nearly impossible not to empathize." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)

"This fast-paced read will have teens tearing through chapters to find out why Luke is in jail. ... The conclusion will leave them devastated. This is [a] touching book about male friendship for fans of Jason Reynolds." -- School Library Journal

"Bliss creates a layered, well-developed character who makes bad choices but remains redeemable. . . . The unshakable and unconditional bond between the young men is tested and proves true, a ray of light in the darkness of their stories..This book will stick with [readers] for a long time." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"In this truly tragic story there is profundity at every turn, and readers up for heartbreak will come away understanding more about loyalty, empathy, and redemption." -- The Horn Book