Joel Cranston shouldn’t exist. He just doesn’t know that yet. He’s lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you’ve ever played normal. Normal ended the day Newstead showed up with an invitation to come to their school.
Newstead is a private high school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It’s a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn’t exist while you train them to be tomorrow’s rulers, tomorrow’s dictators, tomorrow’s gods.
Joel Cranston does exist. Because he was made to exist, for this time, this place, this purpose; to destroy every last one of them.
The Newstead Project is a completed 100,000 word YA fiction based on Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. It is the first novel in a planned interlinked trilogy, similar in style to HOLES by Louis Sacher. I am a member of SCBWI and have attended their last two winter conferences in New York City.