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Teacher, coach — author!

Canyon High’s Andrew Smith publishes book

Posted: October 21, 2008 7:27 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Canyon High School teacher and author Andrew Smith holds a copy of his book, "Ghost Medicine." Smith will appear at the SCV Literature and Art Festival on Dec. 6.

Being a teacher is not an easy job, but throw in coaching rugby and writing a novel and you get one insane schedule.

Canyon High School economics teacher and Wildcats rugby coach Andrew Smith, has managed to do all very successfully. Feiwel and Friends Publishers recently published his novel “Ghost Medicine” and the book is available at local book stores.

“Ghost Medicine” is a coming-of-age tale about four friends who want their summer to be a summer of what they call “ghost medicine” when time seems to stop because they do not think about the past or future.
 Instead, they cross paths with people in dangerous and fateful ways that make it the most memorable summer of their lives.

The plot takes place in a rural, western area that provides adventure and excitement.

“This book is for teens, 14 years old and up who enjoy a novel that is challenging because it has a lot of hidden meanings,” Smith said.

Smith began writing long before his teaching and coaching career.

“I have always been involved with writing, whether it was journalism or writing jobs,” said a proud Smith. When his friends and family encouraged him to publish a novel, “Ghost Medicine” began its journey to literary success.

This novel took Smith five months to write.

“That was the easy part,” Smith said, “The hard part was getting my book published. It is an extremely long and difficult process.”

Smith’s agent kept him motivated and pushed him to keep going, even when it seemed impossible.
But Smith does not plan on stopping here. Although “Ghost Medicine” is his first novel published, he has written multiple novels that are awaiting publication. His novel, “In the Path of Falling Objects,” will be out in the fall of 2009.

Because of his novel, Smith traveled to amazing places and met his favorite authors like Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, and John Green, he said.

Smith will appear at the SCV Literature and Art Festival on Dec. 6 for those readers who would like to have a copy of “Ghost Medicine” autographed.

Juliana Menchaca is a Canyon High  student.


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