"Realistic, and therefore engaging, the plot is fast-paced, but not difficult to keep up with. The author has shown remarkable skill of bringing the narrative to life with his writing. He has managed to convey every emotion from the page to the reader, such that readers may find themselves teary-eyed several times."

–Publishers Weekly/ The BookLife Prize

"In this debut novel, Beerman's detailed narrative and meticulous account of three adolescents in the Vietnam-era South deftly creates an intimate picture of the period when childhood imagination as they weather crisis, from ordinary childhood insecurities to major traumas can still provide an escape from harsh realities of adult disillusionment."

–Kirkus Reviews

"We all have felt a bit out of place at times, especially in school, or have known someone who danced to a different drummer. When reading this, such books and/or films such as, 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' 'Stand by Me,' and 'The Goonies' come immediately to mind. A kid's adventure that would last a lifetime. In this one, Lonnie Beerman takes us on a similar, youthful odyssey in which three boys, all set apart from the norm, end up becoming fast friends and together, like Don Quixote, trash the windmills of convention and carve out their own unique paths that will take them through life. They encounter sexual orientation issues, religious awakenings, bullying, death & disease, loneliness, abusive parents, family angst and, most of all, a friendship that will transcend all boundaries. Read it for a good cry, genuine laughter or to re-discover that lost world called...Innocence."

–TheatreReviewsByDennisSparks

"I find it very hard to believe that this is author Lonnie Beerman's first novel. This work is incredible on so many levels. 'Tears of the Phoenix' will touch every reader's heart."

–Leslie Granier for Blogcritics

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My Book

Tears of the Phoenix, Revised and Updated by Lonnie Beerman
A Coming of Age Novel ed. by Lee Titus Elliott

A Gold Medal “Readers Favorite Award Winner” in General Fiction recognized at the 2012 Miami International Book Festival, this revised and updated edition expounds further into the lives of its characters and how their stories resonate with today’s headlines.

The Mighty Misfits…

We all have felt a bit out of place at times, especially in school, or have known someone who danced to a different drummer. When reading this, such books and/or films such as, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Stand by Me,” and “The Goonies” come immediately to mind. A kid’s adventure that would last a lifetime.

In this one, Lonnie Beerman takes us on a similar, youthful odyssey in which three young boys, all set apart from the norm, end up becoming fast friends and together, like Don Quixote, trash the windmills of convention and carve out their own unique paths that will take them through life.

They encounter sexual orientation issues, religious awakenings, bullying, death & disease, loneliness, abusive parenting, family angst and, most of all, a friendship that will transcend all boundaries. Read it for a good cry, genuine laughter or to re-discover that lost world called…Innocence.”

-Theatre Reviews By Dennis Sparks

Clovercroft Publishing

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Trade Paperback – 569 pages – size – 5 x 8

FICTION: Novel/Coming of Age/YA, Adult

($15.99) ISBN: 978-1-948484-63-3

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Website: booksbylonnie.com

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