By Brendan Halpin

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374368999, 183pp.

Publication Date: August 17, 2010


Amanda and Lena have been soccer stars and best friends for years, but now, when Amanda makes the junior varsity team and Lena makes the varsity, Amanda finds herself increasingly shut out of her friend's life. Suddenly, everything Amanda took for granted is changing--but she's about to discover that might not be bad. Brendan Halpin's new novel is about friendship, family, soccer, and the confusing time when everything that used to feel simple suddenly feels complicated.

About the Author
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently live in Boston. I was always an avid reader and writer, and in my ten years as a high school English teacher, I did a great deal of writing. I did not start writing professionally, however, until my late wife, Kirsten, was diagnosed with breast cancer. What began as a way to tell the story of Kirsten s treatment to friends and family became my first book, and I haven t stopped writing since. In 2003, after Kirsten s death, I stopped teaching to focus on writing. In 2005, I married again, and my wife, Suzanne, and I live in Boston with our three children and our dog, a boxer named Cooper.

Praise For Shutout

“A quick, good-natured, and perceptive read about best friends growing apart, no doubt one of the hardest parts of growing up.” –Starred, Booklist

“The dialogue is spot-on, and the characters are fully fleshed out . . . . While there is plenty of soccer action for fans of the sport, the book will also appeal to teens looking for a solid friendship story. Halpin manages to convey the benefits of doing the right thing, but without preachiness.” –School Library Journal

“Halpin’s narrative adeptly segues between adrenaline-filled soccer matches to more reflective, contemplative passages. Amanda’s quandary will resonate with readers as she tackles timely topics such as friendship woes, teen drinking and family life with admirable aplomb.” –Kirkus Reviews