by Zach Lichtmann


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Dynamo by Zach Lichtmann

With his best friend standing on a cafeteria table, and a green-eyed girl pinning him by his hair, sixteen-year-old Matt knows his world is changing. But when he witnesses a violent crime and does nothing to stop it, he knows it's himself that must change. Matt begins a series of secret missions with his three close friends where he obsessively pushes himself to build his courage. Soon, the missions turn into a quest where the friends discover what it means to take a stand and make a change. But clashing head-first with powerful and violent people will have dangerous consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991014002
Publisher: Whalebone Media
Publication date: 12/12/2013
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

From the Author's webpage at www.WriteHardest.com:

Zach Lichtmann is an author, writing-workshop facilitator, and arts advocate. He recently completed his newest young-adult novel, Dynamo, and is currently booking writing workshops for 2014.

Lichtmann has been known to sneak into university lecture halls from Temple to Harvard, and draws on some of those experiences in his newest novel. He loves to write and does it constantly. In his own words: "Writing's not just an account of what's already occurred--it's the catalyst for sharing and discovering everything meaningful in our humanity!" Those who have been in one of his classes would agree. For Lichtmann and the students he inspires, there's something powerful and exciting about the writing process.

Lichtmann earned his B.A. in English at Penn State University. He went on to graduate Arcadia University's Secondary Education program for teaching and spent several years building large fleets of young, horizon-hunting writers in his classes.

For more information about Zach Lichtmann, visit his author's page at www.WriteHardest.com

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Dynamo 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of my favorite reads and one of the best coming-of-age novels to hit the market in years. The story starts steadily and smoothly, and the plot starts burning hotter and more dangerously as you follow Matt and his friends on his relentless (but fun to follow) quest. It has sharp imagery without being overly descriptive, real characters that you start to feel for as you get to know them, and a solid story that takes you on a teen-aged ride through real friendship and thrills that include a satisfying touch of romance (without being dramatic). Pretty much everything you want a novel to be, plus a fresh slant on breaking rules and standing up for what you believe in... hence "great coming-of-age novel!" Definitely worth exploring. I can't wait for more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Dynamo by Zach Lichtmann. I loved it! Even though I am not in high school, I enjoyed reading about Matt and his adventures with his friends and for standing up for what they believe in. A great read to help reminisce about times back when I was that age.
CassandraUlrich More than 1 year ago
Not knowing what to expect from this coming of age novel, I was pleasantly surprised by my need to keep turning those pages. Getting to know Matt and his friends was definitely a treat. Walking, running, or climbing alongside Matt in all his experiences brought alive the adventures of youth. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dynamo is akin to a modern day Dead Poety's Society, featuring a group of young male students who are inspired by their educators to achieve greatness--whatever that may mean to them. It's a smart blend of teenage struggles with love, friendship, and authority, with musings of philosophy and grandeur. I particularly enjoyed how the story escalated towards the end, and how different elements of the story tied in together in a very smart and thoughtful way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Dynamo and my fifteen year old son will soon be reading it to meet one of his summer reading requirements.  The characters are well developed and the imagery draws the reader into the environment where all the action takes place.  I especially liked the ending of the book because it veered off the path of predicability and took the reader's imagination to the next level. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago