Announcing Jo Knowles Author of Living With Jackie Chan

We are so thrilled to have Jo Knowles join the #ATBF13 lineup! We’ve been big fans since her debut LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL back in 2007. Knowles is a big supporter of indie bookstores and libraries. Just another reason to be a big fan!

What is your favorite musical of all time?
Oliver (I played an orphan boy in my high-school’s production, so I have a soft spot for that one)

What cartoon/animated character are most alike?
I’ve been told I’m a lot like Max, from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Besides Jackie Chan who is a ‘True Karate Man’?
Anybody who makes kindness their superpower

Do you know who Bevo is?
UT’s favorite steer! (Confession: I totally looked that up. The first thing that came to mind was that band that wore flower pots on their heads but I knew that wasn’t right. 🙂 )

For more information about Jo Knowles and her books, check out her website.

After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt — and find a way to forgive.

This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home — new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can’t forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella’s jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn’t happen. And maybe it doesn’t matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man? Readers first met Josh in Jumping Off Swings which told the story of four high school students and how one pregnancy changed all of their lives. In this companion book, they follow Josh as he tries to come to terms with what happened, and find a way to forgive.

#ATBF13 can’t come soon enough! Make plans to meet Jo Knowles at the Austin Convention center on September 28th!