Waiting on Wednesday–Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  It’s designed for bloggers to spotlight the upcoming releases that they simply can’t wait to read.


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When I first read this synopsis I was pulled in because it has male protagonists; my boys in class need more books with male main characters.  Second, I like that it’s dealing with bullying and that a character has Down syndrome.  I hope Dead Ends is written well and will be a hit with my students.

Dead EndsTitle & Author: Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange

Release Date: September 3rd, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary (From Goodreads):

Dane Washington is one suspension away from expulsion. In a high school full of “haves,” being a “have not” makes Dane feel like life is hurtling toward one big dead end. Billy D. spends his high school days in Special Ed and he’s not exactly a “have” himself. The biggest thing Billy’s missing? His dad. Billy is sure the riddles his father left in an atlas are really clues to finding him again and through a bizarre turn of events, he talks Dane into joining him on the search.
A bully and a boy with Down syndrome makes for an unlikely friendship, but together, they work through the clues, leading to unmarked towns and secrets of the past. But they’re all dead ends. Until the final clue . . . and a secret Billy shouldn’t have been keeping.
As a journalist, Erin Jade Lange is inspired by hot button issues like bullying, but it is her honest characters and breakneck plotting that make Dead Ends a must-read.


  1. This one look interesting. I usually read books about girls, but I’ve read a few with male main characters this year and liked them a lot.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Sometimes I enjoy reading books with male main characters, especially when they’re voices really stand out.

  2. Great pick. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  3. This one does sound interesting (and there are definitely a lot more YA novels with female MCs). Great pick!

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