Frank Morelli is the author of the young adult novels On the Way to Birdland (2021) and No Sad Songs , a 2019 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee, a VOX top Hopepunk title, and winner of a 2019 American Fiction Award for best coming-of-age story. His new middle grade novel, Breaking News, was released from Fitzroy Books in April 2022. Morelli’s short fiction and essays have been featured in The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, and Philadelphia Stories.
A Philadelphia native, Morelli’s life was transformed when he accepted a teaching fellowship in the NYC Public Schools and discovered that a lifetime spent eating cafeteria tater tots would be a small price to pay for a chance to shape the future. He continues to split time between the page and the classroom, and will forever be amazed by how each one enriches the other.
Morelli now calls High Point, NC home. Most days you can find him reading, writing, learning, gardening, or relaxing with his fur babies. Connect with him on Twitter @frankmoewriter, on IG @frankmorelliauthor, and on Facebook.
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On the Way to Birdland
Buy a SIGNED COPY of On the Way to Birdland at a 40% DISCOUNT! Self-proclaimed teenage philosopher Cordell Wheaton lives in a sleepy, southern town where nothing ever happens; not since his hero, jazz musician John Coltrane, left some seventy years earlier to “follow the sound.” Cordy’s life has been unraveling since the night his father and his brother, Travis, exploded on each other. The night Travis’s addiction transformed him from budding musician into something entirely different. The night Travis took his saxophone and disappeared. When Cordy’s father falls ill, the sixteen-year-old vows to reunite the Wheaton family. He embarks on a modern-day odyssey with forty bucks in his pocket and a dream to find his brother and convince him to be Travis again—by taking him to a show at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, and reminding him of the common bonds they share with their legendary hero. Cordy’s journey is soon haunted by ghostly visions, traumatic dreams, and disembodied voices that echo through his mind. He starts to wonder if the voices are those of the fates, guiding him toward his destiny—or if he’s losing his grip on reality.
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