The Degrees of Barley Lick

Oct. 4 2021
Susan Flanagan
New Publication

Susan Flanagan’s The Degrees of Barley Lick is hot off the press. By well-known journalist and winner of the 2019 Percy Janes First Novel Award, this YA novel is available for purchase at Running the Goat Books & Broadsides in Tors Cove, NL. To order: https://runningthegoat.com/degrees-of-barley-lick-the/

Synopsis: Life has been hard for sixteen-year-old Barley Lick: he split with his girlfriend, his father died, and now his mother has a new boyfriend, a cop named Fred Newton. Not even Barley’s new Great Dane, Stanley, can make things right.

When Newton wants Barley to use his geocaching skills to help him solve a mystery, it would mean losing a huge geocaching competition to his ex-girlfriend and arch-enemy Phyllis. But Barley soon realizes that a young boy’s life may be in danger, and time to rescue him is running out.

What people are saying:

"Grief, geocaching, broken hearts, kidnapping and a Great Dane all combine to make The Degrees of Barley Lick a dizzying helicopter ride through a few extraordinary days in a teenager’s life. Racing against time through the breathtaking scenery of British Columbia from one geocache to the next, Barley Lick is distracted by his numbing grief for his dead father, his hostility to his mother’s new boyfriend, and his fury with his ex-girlfriend, with whom he is forced to work to solve the geocaching clues that will lead them to a kidnapped boy. Flanagan has perfectly captured the inner life of a teenage boy in emotional turmoil, bursting with hormones, resentments and bad decisions. Barley acts first and thinks later. This is an adventure book with a very human hero at its heart, who is navigating an inner landscape that is even more challenging than the wilderness where the geocaches lie hidden." ~ Charis Cotter, award-wining author of The Ghost RoadThe Swallow, and Screech!

"This novel is five-star in every respect: a rollicking plot, totally entertaining and believable characters, themes of acceptance and healing, humor, romance, lively dialogue, even an environmental component. What more could you possibly want in a story that veers from teens obsessed with a competition that resembles a treasure hunt, to the opportunity – and urgent need – to stop a kidnapper from harming a child? This novel is difficult to put down, and if you don’t know what geocaching is at the start, you’ll be totally caught up in its attraction by the end. The protagonist, Barley, is a superstar at the sport, matched only by his ex-girlfriend and nemesis, Phyllis. The writing never falters; it has original expressions and fun, snappy dialogue." ~ YAdudebooks.com
 

“A vivid, visual adventure that will make you want to start geocaching!” ~ Eric Walters, author of over 100 books

Susan Flanagan’s The Degrees of Barley Lick is hot off the press. By well-known journalist and winner of the 2019 Percy Janes First Novel Award, this YA novel is available for purchase at Running the Goat Books & Broadsides in Tors Cove, NL. Call ahead for fall hours or order online: https://runningthegoat.com/degrees-of-barley-lick-the/

Synopsis: Life has been hard for sixteen-year-old Barley Lick: he split with his girlfriend, his father died, and now his mother has a new boyfriend, a cop named Fred Newton. Not even Barley’s new Great Dane, Stanley, can make things right.

When Newton wants Barley to use his geocaching skills to help him solve a mystery, it would mean losing a huge geocaching competition to his ex-girlfriend and arch-enemy Phyllis. But Barley soon realizes that a young boy’s life may be in danger, and time to rescue him is running out.

What people are saying:

"Grief, geocaching, broken hearts, kidnapping and a Great Dane all combine to make The Degrees of Barley Lick a dizzying helicopter ride through a few extraordinary days in a teenager’s life. Racing against time through the breathtaking scenery of British Columbia from one geocache to the next, Barley Lick is distracted by his numbing grief for his dead father, his hostility to his mother’s new boyfriend, and his fury with his ex-girlfriend, with whom he is forced to work to solve the geocaching clues that will lead them to a kidnapped boy. Flanagan has perfectly captured the inner life of a teenage boy in emotional turmoil, bursting with hormones, resentments and bad decisions. Barley acts first and thinks later. This is an adventure book with a very human hero at its heart, who is navigating an inner landscape that is even more challenging than the wilderness where the geocaches lie hidden." ~ Charis Cotter, award-wining author of The Ghost RoadThe Swallow, and Screech!

"This novel is five-star in every respect: a rollicking plot, totally entertaining and believable characters, themes of acceptance and healing, humor, romance, lively dialogue, even an environmental component. What more could you possibly want in a story that veers from teens obsessed with a competition that resembles a treasure hunt, to the opportunity – and urgent need – to stop a kidnapper from harming a child? This novel is difficult to put down, and if you don’t know what geocaching is at the start, you’ll be totally caught up in its attraction by the end. The protagonist, Barley, is a superstar at the sport, matched only by his ex-girlfriend and nemesis, Phyllis. The writing never falters; it has original expressions and fun, snappy dialogue." ~ YAdudebooks.com
 

“A vivid, visual adventure that will make you want to start geocaching!” ~ Eric Walters, author of over 100 books

For interviews or review copies, contact either:

Susan Flanagan
susanflanagan.ca
709-765-5459
susan@48degrees.ca

Or
Running the Goat Books & Broadsides
50 Cove Road
Tors Cove, NL
A0A 4A0
marnie.parsons@mac.com
709-334-3239/709-691-1317
www.torscovebooks.com