Friday, March 5, 2010


Okay, I've been very good about writing about fun travel adventures. But my new book BORDERLINE comes out March 9, so please forgive the forthcoming writer's ego. (Hey, it's my birthday today, too, so gimme a break, eh? I am too damn old for complaints, okay? :))

Anyway, BORDERLINE HAS HAD FANTASTIC REVIEWS AND BLURBS. I've posted them below -- BUT -- between each one is a picture of my kitty-kids. So have a good scroll. And please know that Daniel and I have bought our tickets to Vietnam/Cambodia for a trip the end of this month -- and I'll be posting on writing in Cuba before then -- so please bear with me cuz there'll be lots of travel soon. :)


“A powerful story and excellent resource for teaching tolerance, with a message that extends well beyond the timely subject matter.”

“A tautly paced thriller with well-crafted characters and realistic dialogue. It is the plausibility of the plotline that makes it, ultimately, so disturbing... A great fast-paced read... also notable for its characterization of a strong male Muslim who is true to his faith and struggles to do the right thing throughout.”

“Tense and compelling... Stratton’s grasp of daily Muslim life breaths life into this story... A fast, exciting read with weighty underpinnings.”

“Explodes with political relevance... The curtailing of civil rights, the explicit targeting of young Muslim men and the manic, dangerously unchecked power of U.S. and Canadian anti-terrorism forces are deathly realistic dangers in this vitally educational page-turner.

"Intelligent... Entertaining... The novel examines with genuine care what it must feel like to be a teenage boy living in an environment in which people of Middle Eastern heritage are suspect by virtue of their looks and religion... Family loyalty, justice, and the shifting nature of truth are all examined in Borderline, and Stratton leads us through Sami's tribulations with a graceful hand that makes this thought-provoking novel a pleasure to read." -QUILL AND QUIRE, FEATURED REVIEW

"Absorbing. An eye-opening mystery and adventure story."

"A compelling coming-of age-novel about acceptance, The Other, and fear, wrapped in a fascinating adventure/thriller/mystery. All these elements are shaken mightily in Allan's Stratton's latest -- as are we."
-GARY SCHMIDT, New York Times bestselling and Printz and Newbery Honor Author

"Allan Stratton spins these otherwise ordinary lives on a dime and a secret. Borderline is as astonishing as it is all quite possible."
-RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA, National Book Award finalist for Jumped

"Smart, meticulously plotted, and thrilling. The scariest thing about Borderline is how utterly believable it is."
TIM WYNNE-JONES, author of The Uninvited

"I'm Pooped!"


  1. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Secondly, I love, love, LOVE the picture of you sitting in the chair with your bathrobe. All you need is some sort of sinister-looking physical disfigurement and you could be the arch-villain in a Bond film! :)

    I think kitty is mistaking the toilet for some sort of lift that's going to take him up the stairs. You know -- so he doesn't have to use his own legs like a sucker. :)

    Congratulations on all the fantastic reviews! I'm sure there are a lot more on their way!

  2. Thanks!

    Hadn't figured on being a Bond villain, but hey, maybe it could be my new calling. :)

  3. Happy belated birthday Allan! And kudos for the awesome reviews - I can't wait to read the book when it comes out.

    And your cats are adorable!

  4. Thanks. Pets are wonderful friends and psychiatrists. I wouldn't trade my kitties for all the reviews in the world. (Unless they started spraying bigtime.:))