The Elephant of Surprise by Brent Hartinger
(The Russel Middlebrook Series) (Volume 4)

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After eating barbecued raccoon with Wade, Russel says, "If it doesn't sound romantic, you'll just have to take my word for it, because it totally, TOTALLY was.”
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Book 4 in the Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Series!

People aren't always what they seem to be. Sometimes we even surprise ourselves.

So discovers seventeen-year-old Russel Middlebrook in The Elephant of Surprise, a stand-alone sequel to Brent Hartinger's landmark 2003 gay young adult novel Geography Club (which has now been adapted as a feature film co-starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonsky).

In this latest book, Russel and his friends Min and Gunnar are laughing about something they call the Elephant of Surprise – the tendency for life to never turn out as expected. Sure enough, Russel soon happens upon a hot but mysterious homeless activist named Wade, even as he's drawn back to an old flame named Kevin. Meanwhile, Min is learning surprising things about her girlfriend Leah, and Gunnar just wants to be left alone to pursue his latest technology obsession.

But the elephant is definitely on the move in all three of their lives. Just who is Wade and what are he and his friends planning? What is Leah hiding? And why is Gunnar taking naked pictures of Kevin in the shower?

The Elephant of Surprise includes Hartinger's trademark combination of humor and romance, angst and optimism. Before the story is over, Russel and his friends will learn that the Elephant of Surprise really does appear when you least expect him—and that when he stomps on you, it really, really hurts.
 

About Brent Hartinger

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Brent Hartinger is the author of many books, mostly for and about teenagers. Ge-ography Club, the first book in the Lambda Award-winning Russel Middlebrook Se-ries, has been adapted as a successful stage play and also a feature film starring Scott Bakula and Nikki Blonski. Other feature films based on Brent's work include The Starfish Scream (2014). Brent is also the co-founder of the website AfterElton.com, which was sold to Viacom/MTV in 2006. Read more by and about Brent, or contact him at www.brenthartinger.com.
 
Published February 7, 2013 by BK Books. 228 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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After eating barbecued raccoon with Wade, Russel says, "If it doesn't sound romantic, you'll just have to take my word for it, because it totally, TOTALLY was.”

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