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MENDEL (Audiobook) by Damone Bester is a Fall Into These Great Reads pick #audiobook #giveaway


MENDEL (Audiobook)


Damone Bester


YA Fiction

Book Blurb:

Mendel is a Bookfest award-winner, Book Excellence finalist and MN. Book Awards finalist, coming-of-age story about a senior at Chicago's legendary Mendel High who must learn how to forgive as he navigates life without his recently deceased mother. Things come to a head when the teen accidentally discovers that his mother’s dreams of becoming a collegiate track star were derailed due to getting pregnant with him. To honor his mother, he joins Mendel’s track team and excels, but before he can cash in on any scholarship offers, his father’s thuggish past catches up with them when a gun toting nemesis comes seeking revenge. The teen must decide between saving his own life or sacrificing it all to save his estranged father.

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What’s your favorite thing about autumn:

Crisp air, brown, yellow, orange, red and green colors.

What inspired you to write this story:

For the future impact Mendel would have. Someone shared with me that after her grandson read Mendel he said, “If BJ (the main character) can forgive all the people that wronged him, how can I not forgive my parents for getting a divorce?” That is impactful.

Giveaway –

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card

Open internationally.

Runs September 1 – 30

Drawing will be held on October 2.

Author Biography:

Damone is an award-winning author, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and voiceover artist. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and has spent most of his profession in the Social Services sector. He currently lives in the Twin Cities area and enjoys fishing, bowling, basketball (watching, not playing), bean bags, and bragging about his nephew and nieces.

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Sep 30, 2023

My favorite thing about fall is the weather & Halloween!


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Sep 25, 2023

Thank you, Damone, for sharing your audiobook in our Fall Into These Great Reads Bookathon!

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