Books by Jake Halpern

Born in 1975 in Buffalo, New York, JAKE HALPERN attended Yale University. He has written for the New Republic, Commonweal, the Jerusalem Report, and other magazines. Unlike the people in this book, he comes from a family with a long tradition of leaving p

EDGELAND by Jake Halpern
Released: May 9, 2017

"As the living help to liberate the dead, intriguing characters roam the pages of a lifeless story. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After being banished from House Aron for stealing, orphan Wren must endure the bleak life of a grayling on the island of Edgeland, living underground and supporting herself through thievery. Read full book review >
NIGHTFALL by Jake Halpern
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The teens' desperate journey to find their way off the island will keep readers turning pages. (Paranormal adventure. 12-18)"
Three 14-year-olds struggle to survive as they find themselves accidentally left behind when their town migrates away from the 14-year-long Night that is descending upon their island. Read full book review >
BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >
WORLD'S END by Jake Halpern
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Fantasy fans can find better with their eyes closed. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Further developing the credibility-stretching premise of Dormia (2009)—that the narcoleptic residents of a secret country are more active when asleep than awake—this sequel carries heavy-lidded half-Dormian Alfonso on a circuitous route from the catacombs of Paris to the icy Urals in pursuit both of his father and an evil 600-year-old hemophiliac superwarrior. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2007

"An astute look at the mighty vortex of fame, which this author believes will only get more powerful."
NPR commentator Halpern (Braving Home, 2003) investigates the psychological and societal forces behind America's growing addiction to celebrity. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2003

"Throwbacks, maybe, but Halpern is 'impressed by their fierce pioneer spirit, clearly atavistic, but proudly unyielding.' You will be, too. (12 b&w photos)"
Five choice samples from Halpern's journalistic beat of "outlandish and often hellish [places] inhabited by a handful of stalwarts who refused to leave." Read full book review >