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S.A. Harazin

S.A. Harazin is the author of Blood Brothers (Delacorte/Random House, Summer 2007)


As a teenager, S. A. Harazin worked as a nursing assistant at a small hospital, where she did just about everything. She then attended nursing school at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After completing nursing school, she worked in the ICU, the CCU, the ER, and the recovery room at various hospitals. She lives in Georgia with her husband, Tom, and their children, Patrick, Katie, and Andrew.

Book: Blood Brothers
blood_brothers.jpgWithout his job at the hospital, Clay would be lost. The hard work, the struggles of the patients, the drama in the ER—they make his days seem worth something and give focus to his dream of someday becoming a doctor. Clay can’t afford to go away to college like the rest of his class, but what other seventeen-year old has delivered a baby or helped to save a life?

Still, Clay wishes his life could be more like his best friend’s. Joey has it all—a great family, a good college waiting for him at the end of the summer, money, a car. Clay has to bike everywhere, and the miles are starting to wear him down.

But Joey’s bright future shatters one day when he overdoses at a party. Now he’s clinging to life at the hospital where Clay works—and Clay may be blamed for his condition. Tension and emotion rise as those who love Joey gather and wait. Clay will do whatever he can to find out what happened at the party, and to help Joey recover. But to survive this ordeal, Clay must draw on a strength he never knew he had.

S.A. Harazin’s gritty, powerful story takes the reader into the emergency room, the world of teenage parties and drug use, and the lives of two friends who are as close as brothers.

Book Info:

  • ISBN (Hardcover): 0-38-573364-X
  • ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-0-385-73364-9
  • ISBN (Library Binding): 0-38-590379-0
  • ISBN-13 (Library Binding): 978-0-385-90379-0
  • Release date: July 10, 2007
  • Pages: 208


Clay Gardener, respected hospital employee and loyal but conflicted friend, joins the ranks of veteran, engaging young adult characters such as Chris Crutcher’s Louie Banks and S. E. Hinton’s PonyBoy… This reviewer cannot wait for the writers next effort. 5Q 4P

This tension-filled novel by a nurse who knows her way around medical issues draws a convincing portrait of a young man at a crossroads, and of what it’s like to work at a hospital, too. -Kliatt
“S. A. Harazin, has written a terrific novel of friendship, family, longing and belonging in BLOOD BROTHERS.” -Teri Lesesne Complete review here.
“This compelling story, told in diary entries that cover hours and days, never loses the pace as Clay races to discover what happened during Joey’s last day. The antidrug message is never didactic, and the story will grab readers from the first sentence.” -Kirkus
“Gripping and raw, BLOOD BROTHERS is a page-turning novel that grabs you by the heart and won’t let go.” -Gail Giles, author of What Happened to Cass McBride and Playing in Traffic
“BLOOD BROTHERS is an inspiring story of love, strength, and sacrifice. The relationship between close-as-brothers Clay and Joey will break your heart and heal it, all at once.” -Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist, author of The Rules of Survival and Locked Inside
“BLOOD BROTHERS is a gritty mystery which is relentless in its pacing… The author’s long career working in hospitals, beginning as a teenager, is clearly responsible for the vivid depictions of hospital work … will hold the interest of all but the most squeamish readers.” -Richie’s Picks

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    Cover designed by Kenneth Holcomb

    Blood Brothers