Stephen V. Masse was born in Boston. He wrote his first practice novel at age 13, handwritten into a composition book. His children’s books are Shadow Stealer (Dillon Press, 1988), Short Circus (Good Harbor Press, 2010), and The Taste of Snow (Good Harbor Press, 2012). Short Circus is winner of the 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Juvenile Fiction. Stephen is also a Books for Children Super Star! He has generously donated 8 hardcover books to my cause for the kids!! Thank you Stephen!!!
Synopsis: Back to school, but not so fast! Jem Lockwood’s first assignment is to write a composition on what he did during the summer, and he tells the teacher he could write a book. Short Circus is Jem’s own story about his remarkable adventures with his Big Brother, Jesse Standish, and a host of neighbors and friends, plus a mysterious enemy who keeps sabotaging the swimming pond. There are bike jumping contests, fistfights, motorbikes, visits to seaside towns for festivals, and swimming in a waterfall. What begins as a glorious summer is very nearly ruined when Jem discovers that his Big Brother’s rented house is about to be sold, and Jesse Standish may be forced to move away.
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“A little background information on Short Circus — I met the real-life Jem when he was nine, and during the summer that he was 12, many of the incidents in Short Circus actually happened. I more or less put them in Jem’s words for the book, and worked the real incidents into a couple of plot lines so that the story would have continuity. My nephew Peter was a non-reader, and strenuously refused to ever read a book through his whole childhood — but he did allow me to read the manuscript for Short Circus to him, after which he told me, “Why don’t you publish that one? Kids would love it.”
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The Taste of Snow is a winner of Honorable Mention in the 2011 New England Book Festival for best books of the holiday season, as well as Honorable Mention in the 2012 New York Book Festival and 2012 London Book Festival.
In addition, Masse wrote A Jolly Good Fellow, winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards. This one is for grownups!