THE WASHINGTON POST February 5, 2019: Review - The Whispers

THE GUARDIAN January 26, 2019: Review - The Whispers

NEW YORK TIMES January 18, 2019: Review - The Whispers

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY January 18, 2019: News Item/Q&A - The Whispers

THE TENNESSEAN January 13, 2019: Feature Interview with Greg Howard

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY October 5, 2017: Stacey Barney at Putnam has acquired, in a five-house auction, author Greg Howard’s THE WHISPERS. This literary middle grade mystery follows a boy who seeks out all-knowing, mythical wood creatures to help him find his missing mother before he becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. Publication is slated for Spring 2019, Brianne Johnson at Writers House negotiated the six-figure, two-book deal for World English rights.

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY June 27, 2016:  David Gale at Simon & Schuster has acquired in a preempt debut YA author, Greg Howard's Social Intercourse – a romance in which an out and proud choir nerd growing up in the "ass-crack of the Bible belt" must conspire with his star quarterback nemesis to derail the budding romance between their parents. Publication is slated for spring 2018; Brianne Johnson at Writers House negotiated the deal for world rights.


"With sensitivity and skill, Howard handles themes of sexual identify, self-worth, loss and friendship." - The Washington Post

“This poignant journey through the badlands of grief is crammed with tenderness, wit and warmth.” - The Guardian

“This taut, moving tale delves beyond loss into issues of sexuality, conformity, and self-acceptance. The Whispers is a masterful exploration into the power of storytelling, but also its dangers, including self-denial and escapism.” – New York Times

“A dreamy novel recalling Bridge To Terebithia.” – Entertainment Weekly

“We’re predicting this emotional story will be an award winner.” Parents Magazine

“The Whispers needs to be on every reading list of kids who loved Bridge to Terabithia and Counting by 7s.” B&N Kids Blog

 “A touching story of grief and healing.” - Booklist

 “This touching, often wry novel offers a memorable psychological puzzle and explores grief and acceptance.”  Publishers Weekly

 “A realistic tale of coming to terms and coming-of-age, of friendship and loss, with a touch of magic and humor.” Kirkus

 “(Riley’s) a thoroughly sympathetic (narrator), and it’s easy to root for his eventual understanding of the truth—and of his own blamelessness.” Horn Book Magazine

 “Howard triumphs in the delicate treatment of complex themes – trauma, religion and sexuality, to name a modest few – rendering The Whispers a suitable tale for readers of R. J. Palacio’s thoughtful bestseller, Wonder. This imaginative and heart-breaking tale showcases the strength of the human spirit and teaches the importance of kindness in the face of tragedy. It is a tale that will remain with you.” Northern YA Literary Festival Newsletter

 “…an inspired and sensitive portrait of childhood traumatic grief.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“Fans of Becky Albertalli’s 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' who are looking for something more mature will gravitate toward this story of unrequited first love.” – School Library Journal

“The language is raunchy, the innuendo is frequent, and the energy is irrepressible. Hand this debut to readers tired of problem novels who are looking for a hilarious romp.” – Booklist

“A funny and satisfying love story while challenging simplistic preconceptions that people are either gay or straight or that the Bible Belt plus football equals a homophobic community.” – Publishers Weekly


"An exciting, romantic tale anchored in a great sense of place." Kirkus Reviews

5 stars: "...dark, twisted, and a bit on the scary side...held me captured the complete way through." - Natosha, Gay Book Reviews

5 stars: "Underworld meets Gone With The Wind...kept me completely engrossed from start to finish. A real pro of a job."- Freya, Sinfully MM Book Reviews

5 stars: "I loved this book. I loved the characters, the locale, the backstory, the world building, the pretty much everything about it!" - Dan, Love Bytes Reviews

5 stars: "This book has it all and is written in such a gripping manner that I just could not put it down." - Susan, The Blogger Girls

4.5 stars: "...a thrilling read...just so compelling, it draws you in." - Johanna, Multitasking Mommas Reviews

4.5 stars: "This book was super intense and creepy. I loved it!...Blood Divine is hard to put down once you start it so clear some time to get lost in it." - Whit, It's All About The Book

4 stars: "Blood Divine hooked me with the beautiful cover, then the beginning of the book had me in its palm." - Kazza K., On Top Down Under Reviews