Gary Kidney author of adult and young adult novels
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Completed works in search of an agent

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One Most Important Thing is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Ninth-grader Joey Davidson fears abandonment because his father left the family when Joey was placed on the autism spectrum at age four. Now, his mother is dying of cancer. The summer before ninth-grade, Joey makes his first friends—the Desert Rats, a diverse gang of latch-key, trailer-park boys, each uniquely broken. The lives of Joey and the Desert Rats are complicated by secrets and lies. When elderly drifter Bud moves into the neighborhood, relationships change. One night, Bud's trailer bursts into flames and detectives conclude it's arson and homicide. The investigation compels the boys into life-altering decisions for which they are unprepared.

Works in progress

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American Spy in the Reich is an historical thriller in both action and psychology, a coming-of age novel telling the story of 17-year-old Fred Brown sent to spy in Nazi Germany. Born of German immigrants, his mission is infiltrating Germany and blending into Nazi society to aid the Allied war effort. He finds the task harder than expected, learning life lessons in an unusual crucible where death haunts every step and even your friends and family can't be trusted. How can he fulfill his duty to America and do the things the Nazi's expect?

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Freedom Fighters is an upper middle grade historical fiction adventure set during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Two twelve-year old boys, Gunny Brown, son of an American spy sent to foment the rebellion, and Yuri Novitsky, son of a KGB agent tasked to prevent it, become friends despite their fathers' missions. Over one month, what they learn about themselves, the Hungarians, and each other changes everything.