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Salvation Blog Tour: Excerpt!

Monday, February 4, 2013
SALVATION Blog Tour: Excerpt Part 4 of 8.

Salvation is a YA Contemporary book published by Speak (Penguin Young Readers) and released January 10th. 

About Salvation:

Salvador Resendez--Salva to his friends--appears to have it all. His Mexican immigrant family has high expectations, and Salva intends to fulfill them. He's student body president, quarterback of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone loves him.

Especially Beth Courant, AKA the walking disaster area. Dreamy and shy, Beth is used to blending into the background. But she's also smart, and she has serious plans for her future.

Popular guy and bookish girl--the two have almost nothing in common. Until fate throws them together and the attraction is irresistible. Soon Beth is pushing Salva to set his sights higher than ever--because she knows he has more to offer, more than even he realizes.

Then tragedy strikes--and threatens to destroy everything that Salva has worked for. Will Beth's love be enough to save him?

Anne Osterlund is the author of four young adult books, including Aurelia and its sequel, Exile.  Her second novel, Academy 7, won the OCTE Spirit of Oregon Award and was an ALA/YALSA Popular Paperback nominee. Anne works as a full-time author and presents for schools, conferences, and writing events. She grew up in the sunshine of eastern Oregon and earned a BA from Whitworth College, where she majored in elementary education with Spanish and English teaching fields. Anne lives in a cute little yellow house with her new feline friend, Simba, and her own library of young adult books. She and her characters can be found on her website at Salvation is her fourth novel, and she has dreams of many more in the future. 




Salva scanned the stark classroom. The seniors sat so frozen in their seats you’d have thought the air-conditioning was working. Every chair at the back of the room was already filled. With nerds.
Luka was in the front row. Salva liked Luka. If it weren’t for his phenomenal speed as a running back, nobody at Liberty High would be headed for the state football championship. But sometimes the white guy was just strange.
What sane person would sit in the front row before the Mercenary? Her scowling expression curled Salva’s stomach. The pointed toe of her shoe tapped out a funeral dirge, and she wielded a bright red marker as if she might stab him with it.
Salva cut his losses and sat down behind Luka.
The walking disaster area came in next. But she didn’t know when to hide. Instead, she stood there, stuttering her apologies, trying to untangle the strap of her backpack from her frizzy brown hair, and dropping things, first her pencil, then an eraser, while the entire class waited for her to just sit down.
“What are you doing here, man?” Luka whispered to Salva.
Markham, Salva mouthed. Enough said.
Luka rolled his eyes in response.
What are you doing here? Salva wanted to ask, but a second glance around the room revealed the presence of Nalani Villetti, the girl whom Luka had been following around like a puppy for the past six months. Sooner or later, he’d wake up to the fact that she was letting him follow her.
But Salva didn’t have time to clarify that point just now.
The Mercenary had headed his way with a stapled form that was already in everyone else’s possession. Her hand slammed down on his desk, leaving a synopsis of the three million hours of work she expected this quarter. “Welcome to AP English,” she told the class.
Yeah, friggin’ welcome. 


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Copyright @ 2013 by Anne Osterlund. Used by permission of Speak, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.


  1. bn100 said...:

    Nice excerpt.


  1. Meghan said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway!! This book looks intriguing!

  1. Sabryy said...:

    This book seems awesome!
    Sabrina Lupsan

  1. Kelly said...:

    I wonder what tragedy struck and how does she help him?
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com
    The exerpt of being in school somehow gave me the heeby geebies!

  1. Oh I've heard some great things about this book! :) Thanks for the giveaway.

    Tanja -

  1. Stephanie said...:

    This sounds like a really sweet book. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. This looks awesome! I'm glad I took the time to read this post. I'm excited to check out the book ^_^

  1. Dani F. said...:

    Thanks for excerpt. But honestly i don't know about this book, a little cliché. Well in the end we have heard all the stories before, but still...

  1. Unknown said...:

    Thanks for the excerpt! I can't wait to read this!!


  1. Thanks for the giveaway...and the excerpt!! I'll have to pick this book up sometime!