Best friends Ray and Jose are not your average teenagers. They’ve escaped foster care and juvenile detention centers to live on their own together in an abandoned building located in a Manhattan park called Ten Mile River. With no use for school or families, street-smart Jose and bookish, introspective Ray have everything they need in each other. They are closer than brothers until they meet Trini. She’s smart, beautiful, and confident, and they both fall for her immediately. As tension creeps into their relationship, Ray must struggle to find an identity separate from Jose and try to envision a future for himself beyond Jose and Ten Mile River.

Penguin Dial Books 2008



*“A striking debut, this gritty, dialogue-heavy novel about two homeless boys.  The language is illuminating, tough but convincing, the setting authentic, the characters memorable and their struggles played out with a complexity that respects the audience’s intelligence.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A stunningly acute debut novel, unwavering, authentic, absorbing, urgent.” – VOYA

“Gorgeous writing with a particular gift for dialogue that not only sounds authentic but also serves to define characters whom he knows inside out.  Clearly a talent to watch.” – Michael Cart, Booklist

“Gritty, realistic plot-propelling dialogue.  The boys come to life on the pages.  Laugh-out-loud funny.” – School Library Journal

“Packs in a ton of information and tension without ever, for a moment, lapsing into pedantics.  The writing is quick and to the point with a truthful voice.  Compelling, well-articulated reality.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Equal parts grit and heart. A spectacular first novel. It’s got all the right stuff to make it a major favorite.” – richiespicks.com, Best of 2008

“Concise prose, humour and gritty realism make Ten Mile River a memorable read.”
– Sydney Morning Herald

“A standout debut that effortlessly slips into the minds and language of boys.”
– Auckland Weekend Herald

“A fantastic, arresting debut.” – Sydney Sunday Telegraph