TRUTHERS Among The Shadows   

TRUTHERS -- Carolrhoda LAB

Katie Wallace had never given much thought to 9/11. She’d been only two when terrorists struck America and the ensuing fifteen years had gradually relegated the tragic event solely to history books. But when her father is locked up for claiming to know what really happened that momentous day, Katie’s life, and connection to 9/11, changes forever. He insists he has evidence on who the real wrongdoers are, a nightmare conspiracy that will shatter America’s beliefs. More shocking, he claims that Katie herself is living proof, a survivor, of that true story.

To save her father, and discover her own past, Katie must navigate the clouded and secretive world of ‘The Truthers.’ A world of fact and fiction, of questions and distortion. With the help of close friends and new allies, and as she’s drawn into an ever more-deadly web of lies and long-hidden events, Katie finds the strength and trust within herself to face those trying to prevent the truth from being known.

Exploring the roots of our conspiracy-theory culture, the controversy of the 9/11 Truth movement, and the historic records of that fateful day, the speculative and introspective thriller TRUTHERS invites a new generation to learn about 9/11 and, also, the high costs, responsibility, and traps of searching for “truth.”

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Praise for TRUTHERS:
"In this intense thriller... Girard takes readers down a disturbing, provocative path; both sides start to make sense as information is revealed and theories are debated. It’s a fast-paced nail-biter with a resourceful heroine, packed with surprises that force readers to question every revelation and take nothing at face value."
Publishers Weekly
[Starred Review]

"A book teens will love. History, mystery, romance, action, and intrigue--all in one!"
YA Books Central
  "A beautifully written, captivating must-have that will hook readers from beginning to end. Girard has created a well-developed, quirky, tenacious main character for whom teens can’t help but root."
School Library Journal

"[Truthers] moves at a fast clip, and readers will get caught up in both the conspiracy construct (actual Truther theories are explored) and the romance that is as tangled as the web of confusion surrounding September 11."
"Examines one of the most critically-regarded events in history through the eyes of a tenacious teen who kept me up at night, challenging the things I'd previously regarded as fact. A deep, yet approachable story, both thrilling and touching."
Kristen Simmons
author of the ARTICLE 5 Series and Metaltown
  "Girard has created a high interest read that addresses questions many in our country may be afraid to ask. Like all good mysteries, every turn leads to a series of crooked trails. This fast-paced thriller will keep youth reading."
National Council of Teachers of English
"With compelling characters and non-stop action, Truthers will leave you thinking."
Mindy McGinnis
Edgar-winning author of A Madness So Discreet and The Female of the Species
  "Girard is a skilled storyteller, weaving history and conspiracy into a thriller that's bold, smart, and impossible to put down."
Natalie D. Richards
author of Six Months Later and One Was Lost

-- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Fifteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdered seventeen people more than twenty years ago.

But Jeff's life changes forever when the man he'd thought was his father hands him a government file telling him he was constructed in a laboratory only seven years ago, part of a top-secret government cloning experiment called 'Project CAIN.' There, he was created entirely from Jeffrey Dahmer's DNA. There are others like Jeff -- those genetically engineered directly from the most notorious murderers of all time: The Son of Sam, The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy... even other Jeffrey Dahmer clones. Some raised, like Jeff, in caring family environments; others within homes that mimicked the horrific early lives of the men they were created from.

When the most dangerous boys are set free by the geneticist who created them, the summer of killing begins. Worse, these same teens now hold a secret weapon even more dangerous than the terrible evil they carry within. Only Jeff can help track the clones down before it's too late.

But will he catch the 'monsters' before becoming one himself?

2013 Bram Stoker award nominee for
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Nove

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  Praise for PROJECT CAIN:  
"An absolute grabber from the get go. Geoffrey Girard has taken an outrageous idea and made it utterly and terrifyingly believable. Fortified by solid historic and scientific foundations, the story is as convincing as it is frightening, with enough twists and surprises to keep even the most jaded reader captivated."
Todd Strasser, Edgar Award nominee and bestselling author of THE WAVE and GIVE A BOY A GUN
"No reader could fail to be moved by this young man's predicament as he tries to figure out who and what he is. If a reader of horror/ thriller fiction, these books are definitely for you. If that's not your usual choice but wish to try something different, you can't go wrong with either title...or both."
Romance Reviews Today
"There is only one word that comes to mind after reading a book of this magnitude: explosive. Drew me in and did not let go. It is, quite honestly, both exquisite in its telling and terrifying in its concept."
Night Owl Reviews
  "Girard launches an ambitious experiment with this YA thriller. This tense, terse, and often nightmarish tale delves into the question of nature versus nature."
"In PROJECT CAIN powerful newcomer Geoffrey Girard brings serious game with a novel that blends science and horror in a killer of a thriller. Highly recommended."
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FIRE & ASH and EXTINCTION MACHINE
  "Jeff (Jacobson) elevates teenage angst to dark new levels. (Jeff and Castillo's) uneasy relationship becomes a strong point in both of Girard's novels."
Shelf Awareness
"Terrifying, tragic and tremendous. Grabs you and won't let go until you turn the last chilling page."
El Paso Times
  "As harrowing a coming-of-age novel as you are ever likely to read."
Mystery Scene Magazine
"Girard has given readers a thought-provoking work couched in the plot of a horror book. Written for high school students, but although it is dark and somewhat violent, it could be read by a good middle school reader. Recommended."
Library Media Conection
  "From the first page, you get drawn into the character of Jeff. If you want an amazing book that will stay with you and, in a way, have you rooting for a bad guy, pick this up."
Racing to Read
"Between fact and fiction PROJECT CAIN gives you a lot to think about. If you want a book that sucks you into an unhinged conspiracy universe, this is the book for you. Girard did his homework... the book is filled with a ridiculous amount of information on government projects and serial killers. I quickly attached myself to [Jeff's] character and felt completely sorry for him. Girard did excellent work making characters a reader can connect to."
Fantasy Book Review
  "I found myself thinking about this book even when I was not reading it... When I first started, I thought the main point of view was slightly bland, but the more I got into the character's head, the more that just became the character's voice and it ended up really adding to the story... the author didn't write for that typical cookie cutter YA reader; instead he was writing from Jeff's head, like it or not. I liked it."
Chapter Chicks
"Mind blowing... Not your usual, simple, everyday book. PROJECT CAIN is a little of everything: Action, mystery, history, science, and secret military projects. One of the best I've read in a while."
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Mein böses Blut by Geoffrey Girard     
German edition    

Cain's Blood and Project Cain are two different novels written about the same fictional event. In both, scientists have been doing unpleasant things for the military and these unpleasant things escape. The two books explore the trouble/adventure that ensues? and simply do so differently. Cain's Blood follows the story from a dozen viewpoints; mostly from former-army-Ranger Shawn Castilllo?s narrative Point of View (the character brought in to fix things), but also via chapters/scenes from the POV of various killers, military schemers, evil scientists, and victims. All capturing the big picture as the full horrifying story unfolds. Project Cain is told from the POV of one character: Jeff Jacobson, the sixteen-year-old clone of Jeffrey Dahmer who has recently discovered his true origins and who is recruited by Castillo into helping, we hope, save the day. It?s a much more personal story/journey told with the voice and reflections of a smart, lost and thoughtful teen. A thriller specifically written for younger readers (PG-13) and those adults still interested in young heroes. Click here to find out more about the How/Why of two books.

"Not Fade Away" in Among the Shadows anthology 

“I’m sorry. What’s that, Mr. Kurtz?”
“Therr goonda burnittuda grrownd.”
“Is that right?” Beth still hasn’t really heard him yet. But his tone sounds like a declaration of some kind and a reassuring ‘Is-That-Right’ usually does the trick. It suggests she’s listening, open to learning something new. Old people like that.
“All done, Mr. Kurtz?” she asks.
He looks away and waves his hand at the plate with some kind of accompanying “Bah” straight out of Ebenezer Scrooge. She freezes. Flushes. Almost four months at Heritage Springs and it still makes her nervous when they get angry. Always a jolt. Most of the time, they don’t get, well, anything. Just kinda sit there. Waiting.

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Among The Shadows

.Geoffrey Girard

Looking for middle grade or a teen novel for beginner/intermediate readers, and ahem like the way I write cough cough, you might also want to check out this guy writing for Darby Creek (Lerner Books):

TheTales Of series from Middle Atlantic Press is a collection of books for readers 9-90. Each book includes thirteen original short stories based on American history and folklore with tales that combine facts, fantasy, adventure and frights suitable for younger readers (Harry Potter aged) as well as adults looking for a fun read and anyone hoping to find some exciting new surprises and magic throughout 500 years of American history.

Tales of the Eastern Indians by Geoffrey Girard (Middle Atlantic Press, 2008)
A haunted hill with a terrifying secret... The young mammoth hunter who becomes the hunted... Five ancient travelers trapped in the City of the Dead... A modern chief joins Elvis to help save his tribe... The storyteller who lures nightmares to life... Take an unforgettable journey through the history, myths, and wonder of the eastern American Indians. Within the pages of these thirteen original and unique tales, you will meet an unforgettable cast of timeless heroes and fantastic beings, dreamers and adventurers, daughters and brothers. For readers of all ages to discover, remember and celebrate this unique culture and its storied people of both yesterday and today.
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Tales of the Atlantic Pirates by Geoffrey Girard (Middle Atlantic Press, 2006)

Cannon fire, swordplay and the ruthless pursuit of gold have stalked the high seas from the decks of black-flagged ships for centuries. Here be thirteen original tales based on the real-life pirates who once sailed and hunted along America's coast. From ghostly crews and cursed islands to the capture of Blackbeard and modern-day treasure hunts, join these seafaring outlaws for more than three hundred years of history, folklore, and adventure.


"Enthusiastically recommended and thoroughly entertaining reading, Girard combines meticulous historical detail with an imaginative story-telling ability." (Midwest Book Review)

"Nothing short of brilliant. Tales of the Atlantic Pirates is an absolute page turner. Each story was grippingly entertaining, while also being surprisingly educational to the genuine historical accounts that inspired them. A smashing job!"  ( Pirate News)

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Tales of the Jersey Devil by Geoffrey Girard (Middle Atlantic Press, 2005)

The legend of the mysterious and terrifying Jersey Devil, a unique American myth that has terrorized and captivated the mysterious New Jersey Pine Barrens for more than two hundred years, collected in thirteen original tales. From the creature's birth in 1735 to a modern-day Jersey Devil hunt, dare to follow this monster and those who have faced its terror through more than two hundred years of American history, folklore, and horror.
A fun, informative book… But read it with all the lights on!” (Brian Keene Author of THE RISING)

“Chills the blood as it provides fascinating insights into this particularly spooky legend. Girard is a writer to watch.” (Bryan Smith - Author of FREAKSHOW)
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The Iliad by Geoffrey Girard (Purun Media Publishing Company, 2007)

A retelling for middle school readers of the most famous war story ever told: The classic Greek tale of the Trojan War! From such legendary warriors as Achilles and Prince Hector to the very gods of Mt. Olympus. {Written and published for Asian markets outside the U.S. Will let you know when/if a version becomes available stateside.}

The oracle moved carefully through the large tent. Very carefully. Who would blame him? It was a room filled with warriors. And, it seemed, warriors in a bad mood. Their faces, burned brown by the sun and sprinkled with old scars of battle, looked cruel and serious as they watched him enter. He pulled his dark robes closer, hoping to protect himself from their harsh stares. Breathed deeply and tried to find courage for his first words. “Greetings, Great King,” he managed. "I bring you words of Death."

Geoffrey Girard

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