Books by Jonathan Friesen

UNFOLDING by Jonathan Friesen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A flawed but darkly atmospheric read. (Fiction. 13-18)"
An awkward 18-year-old and his enigmatic crush discover that their town hides a terrible secret. Read full book review >
BOTH OF ME by Jonathan Friesen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"A haunting tale for teens with a taste for the bizarre. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl with a mysterious past embarks on a journey across America to save a friend and find herself. Read full book review >
MAYDAY by Jonathan Friesen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 10, 2014

"An uneven read that ultimately misses its mark. (Fantasy. 14-17)"
Even as her own soul hovers in the "middle" space, her body barely clinging to life in a hospital room, 18-year-old Crow's thoughts are consumed with protecting her sister. Read full book review >
ALDO'S FANTASTICAL MOVIE PALACE by Jonathan Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"This poignant and well-meaning premise ends up a disappointing read. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A teenage girl with permanent facial scars and a blind boy enter an imaginary world through a combination of their own scriptwriting and a portal in an inherited old movie theater. Read full book review >
THE LAST MARTIN by Jonathan Friesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Spiced with plenty of slapstick, the yarn speeds its protagonist through a succession of highs, lows and improbable triumphs on the way to a hilariously melodramatic finish. (Adventure. 11-13)"
The revelation that every time a new Martin is born into his family another one kicks the bucket stuns, bums and ultimately lights a rocket under 13-year-old Martin Boyle. Read full book review >
JERK, CALIFORNIA by Jonathan Friesen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Hardly worth the effort. (reading-group questions; author interview, not seen) (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Like its Tourette Syndrome-afflicted protagonist, this novel lacks grace. Read full book review >