The Keeper of Dawn by J.B. Hickman

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Groomed for greatness, 15-year-old Jacob Hawthorne is sent to boarding school against his will. Jacob’s resentment toward his family reaches an all-time high when his father doesn’t bother to see him off for the 1980 school year. With a self-absorbed mother, an estranged father, and an older brother on the other side of the world, only the unlikely friendship with his grandfather can lure Jacob back home. But home feels like a distant memory from the shore of Raker Island, the isolated campus of one of the Northeast’s elite boarding schools.

As the surrogate bonds of a cloistered all-boys school fall into place, Jacob finds himself among other sons of privilege who suffer the same affliction—growing up in their fathers’ shadow. In fact, Jacob and his friends get dubbed “the Headliners” when their fathers make the headlines on the same day. Among them is Chris Forsythe, the rebellious son of a high-profile politician whose helicopter arrival sparks jealousy among the school’s upperclassmen.

Wellington Academy has been selected to host that fall’s senatorial debate, and Chris’ father is one of the candidates. Chris convinces Jacob—who is among the students selected to question the candidates on live television—to expose his father for embezzling money to finance his reelection campaign. Only Mr. O’Leary, Wellington’s inquisitive history teacher, stands in the way of Chris’ influence over Jacob. He alone can stop the inevitable head-on father-son collision that Chris is guiding Jacob toward. But when tragedy strikes, Jacob is forced to journey into the past to reclaim a well-guarded family secret.

About J.B. Hickman

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John Hickman was born in March 1945 in Kensington, London, England. Carole, his wife of forty-eight years says that should make him a mature writer. Educated at private schools John worked in a bank and then worked in his father's hotel business in Royal Tunbridge Wells. He joined the Pest Control industry based in the UK before migrating with his family to Brisbane in 1971 as 'ten pound Poms'. They became naturalised Australians in 1973. John spent a lifetime in business specialising in pest control, fumigation, and timber preservation. In the 1990s his family farmed Javan Rusa deer. After retirement in 2003 he started to 'smell the flowers' and realised how most of them smelled the same. Unable to play golf, he discovered a latent passion for writing. John's first book Reluctant Hero tells the controversial story of his dad, Bill's, involvement in WW2. He survived as a Lancaster bomber pilot when the majority perished. Tripping Over is its sequel. Sex, Lies & Crazy People was published in 2014 and follows on from Tripping Over. G'day Down-Under is due to be published in 2015 and follows on from Sex, Lies & Crazy People. They are all true stories.
Published October 1, 2012 by Shadeflower Press. 294 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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