Blue Jesus

BlueJesusTom Edwards
Academy Chicago Publishers (

In the Appalachian Mountains, circa 1960, a self-described sissy boy, Buddy, becomes best friends with a blue boy, Early, who can sometimes perform miracles. To Buddy’s alarm, Early’s dad begins to market his son as the “Blue Jesus.” Told in Buddy’s defiant and very funny voice, this novel explores issues around friendship, race, faith, and Nancy Drew. Smart, heartfelt, and laugh-out-loud funny, it is a new Southern classic. Highly recommended. — Review: Neil Ellis Orts


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