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From Ohio: Terence O'Leary: Latest Book is Irish Crossings

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Irish Crossings
is a voyage of love, partings and new beginnings in the time of the Irish Potato Famine. Caitlin and Paddy embark on a journey across a beautiful country overwhelmed with heart-breaking sadness during the time of the great hunger. A harrowing winter crossing takes them through the treacherous North Atlantic Ocean. But the slums of New York are not the end of the rainbow they were promised. Through their voyage together they learn the true meaning of the Irish saying, ‘It is in the shelter of each other that people live.’


More Than A Game

During one magical summer three dreams come together and baseball becomes MORE THAN A GAME. Brian McBride leads the league in stolen bases and the Hens to a pennant stretch drive but he cannot run away from the lingering image of his grandfather on his deathbed. MORE THAN A GAME is a story of family, a young man's struggle to find his destiny, and the bond baseball spins between fathers and sons.


Penalty Kick

Josh lives for soccer until the day of the accident. Brooke knows what it is like to wake up in a hospital bed with your whole life shattered. Inspired by true events, Penalty Kick is a poignant story about a teenage girl who tries to help a fifteen-year-old boy overcome devastating loss.
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From Kirkus Reviews
The life of a 15-year-old soccer star is changed in an instant in O'Leary's (The Town That Never Stared, 2011) poignant YA novel. "[W]e're two freaks," Josh Connelly tells Brooke Avery, a girl who's known at their high school as the "hat girl," because she wears them to hide her hair loss from chemotherapy. Although her most recent blood tests were encouraging, Brooke will forever be known as the "girl who had cancer," and the scars on her leg provide a constant reminder. Josh was once mainly known around school for his soccer skills, until he was in a horrifying car accident in which his mother died. The aftermath is brutal: He starts having anxiety attacks, and heartbreakingly, his father can barely stand to look at him. Brooke does look closely at Josh, however, as she understands his agony: "Like Josh, she had sat in a hospital room with her whole world shattered." Gradually, with Brooke's gentle encouragement and the help of a psychologist, Josh begins to accept what happened. The character of Brooke has a quality of serene compassion, without a trace of self-pity, and the same is true of O'Leary's novel, a graceful, empathetic portrayal of young suffering. Josh's pain is finely depicted in all its complexity, but without any judgment or fussy sentimentality. The author's respect for his characters is clear, even when they behave less than admirably. Josh's dad, for example, presents a strong contrast to his son; his reluctance to help Josh may seem abhorrent, but his own hurt is no less relentless, and requires just as much healing. Despite the grief that permeates the novel, there are also moments of levity, particularly during several brisk, invigorating scenes set on the soccer field. A moving study of loss, appropriate for both young adults and older readers.
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"... O'Leary's story evokes the desire and the nostalgia for those moments where sadness brings forth the people in one's life who are truly exceptional. "
     The Quill Literary Magazine Winter 2015


Bringing Boomer Home

A young man’s love for his brother changes the way a town sees one of America’s tragic heroes. Epic paintball battles in the woods, Walleye fishing in the Maumee River, and swimming in the ice cold water of Salisbury Quarry fill Cody’s and Boomer’s high school summer days. Boomer’s boyhood dream was to be the Ottawa warrior who stood on top of Buffalo Rock safe-guarding his village. Right out of high school, he joins the army and goes to Iraq. He is horribly injured when he tries to save soldiers trapped in a Humvee destroyed by an IED. As Grand Rapids’ quarterback, Cody followed his big brother’s blocks on the football field. He is crushed when Boomer leaves home and completely devastated when he visits Boomer in the Brooke Army Medical Center. Stanley Lewinski was a photo-journalist during the War in Viet Nam. With his inspiration, Cody and his granddaughter, Kim embark on a journey to bring Boomer home.

The Town That Never Stared
A young man’s love for his brother changes the way a town sees one of America’s tragic heroes. Epic paintball battles in the woods, Walleye fishing in the Maumee River, and swimming in the ice cold water of Salisbury Quarry fill Cody’s and Boomer’s high school summer days. Boomer’s boyhood dream was to be the Ottawa warrior who stood on top of Buffalo Rock safe-guarding his village. Right out of high school, he joins the army and goes to Iraq. He is horribly injured when he tries to save soldiers trapped in a Humvee destroyed by an IED. As Grand Rapids’ quarterback, Cody followed his big brother’s blocks on the football field. He is crushed when Boomer leaves home and completely devastated when he visits Boomer in the Brooke Army Medical Center. Stanley Lewinski was a photo-journalist during the War in Viet Nam. With his inspiration, Cody and his granddaughter, Kim embark on a journey to bring Boomer home to The Town That Never Stared.


About the Author

Terence O'Leary was born in Chicago, Illinois, but has spent his teenage and adult life in Northwest Ohio where the varied seasons and sports provide the background for his three 'sports as therapy' young adult novels. A graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in Journalism, English and Psychology, O'Leary's critically acclaimed realistic coming-of-age stories focus on teenagers facing a family crisis.

Bringing Your Irish Ancestors to Life

 

A Christmastime dinner conversation about his ancestors led author Terence O’Leary on a two year journey to recreate the heartbreak of the Irish Potato Famine and the triumph of the Irish who survived the journey across the Atlantic on the infamous famine ships. Mr. O’Leary will discuss the writing process and research involved in creating his historical fiction novel Irish Crossings.

 

 

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