The Hazard Gene: Panther Circus (Paperback)
Dylan Hazard is a senior in high school, who has been struggling for years with accepting his sexuality. When he decides to come out to his family and friends as gay, he discovers he inherited enhanced energy which gave him his special ability. While learning to embrace his sexuality, Dylan is in a race against time to master his newfound power so he can save his family from total annihilation and put an end to the rival family, known as the Panthers.
Raw, gritty and acutely tuned to his community, Matt Mendez' debut blends authenticity with poignancy, heartbreak with heartfelt, this emotionally true contemporary story about 2 El Paso teens and a mom of one of the boys, will keep you riveted and engaged. Comparisons to Jason Reynolds, Matt de la Pena and Angie Thomas are accurate but Mendez is a break out star to be watched. This wallop of a tale should be handed to high school kids en masse. - Maureen