Tag Archive - The Elephant of Surprise

On Writing “Incidentally Gay” Books and Characters

When it comes to LGBT issues, especially LGBT teen issues, things have changed SO MUCH in the last ten years. Naturally, the genre of LGBT teen lit has changed a lot too. When I look at my own work, Geography Club (2003) was very much about the experience of a gay kid in high school […]

THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE: The First Three Chapters!

Not quite sure whether you’re interested in The Elephant of Surprise (book #4 in the Russel Middlebrook Series)? Here are the first three chapters! CHAPTER ONE I was deep in the thick of the jungle, wild animals glaring at me from all around. I stood frozen, certain that if I made even the slightest move, […]

“A Matter-of-Fact Approach to Diversity” in THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE?

I was especially pleased to read the review of my latest book The Elephant of Surprise over at AfterElton.com, because it’s been the first piece to touch on the issue of race and diversity in the book. One of the main characters in the book — the love interest — is African American. Here’s what […]

Ask the Brain: Update on THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE. Plus, Should I Change My Name?

Ask the Brain is a semi-regular column where readers can ask me advice about love, life, writing, and, well, just about anything. My massive, all-powerful brain will deign to grant an answer. Either that, or I’ll just make some s**t up. Speaking of which, do you have a question for the brain? Ask it here! […]

The Elephant of Surprise Discussion Guide

Warning: Contains Plot Spoilers! The Elephant of Surprise By Brent Hartinger Synopsis Geography Club’s Russel Middlebrook and his friends Min and Gunnar are back, and they’re laughing about something they call the Elephant of Surprise—the tendency for life to never turn out the way you expect. Sure enough, Russel soon happens upon a radical environmental […]