“This hard-hitting tale . . .
raises provocative questions about family loyalty and the distinctions made between lust, love and endangerment.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review) [PDF]

“Tim Johnston has a thorough understanding of the troubling tyrannies of Little League and the wondrous tyrannies of puberty and the secret tyrannies of families, and in Never So Green he offers them all up in a story that opens with a charmed surprise and moves into the shadows from there. As young Tex spends the season with his new family, he learns more than how to pitch, more really than he wants to know. This story held me.”

—Ron Carlson, author of At the Jim Bridger: Stories

“Johnston debuts with a gut-wrenching small town tale of friendship, baseball, and “dirty little secrets.”

Booklist [PDF]

“Tim Johnston is a courageous writer who has written a strong and necessary book. Never So Green deserves to be read by young adults, their parents, and their guardians.”

—Chris Offut, author of Country Dark

Read “Building a Reputation, One Nail at a Time” from the Los Angeles Times


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