Sunday, August 4, 2013

Celebrating Peter Clenott's New Coming-of-Age Novel

All day today on our Cyber Launch Party, we're celebrating Peter Clenott's newest release with Imajin Books, DEVOLUTION, a coming of age novel, with a wicked twist! 
DEVOLUTION by Peter Clenott

What does it truly mean to be ‘Human’?

... Chiku Flynn wasn’t raised to be human. Born in the Congolese rainforest, she spends her first eleven years as part of an experiment. For her, the aboriginal—the primitive—is ‘normal.’

Just after her eleventh birthday, Chiku witnesses the horrifying death of her mother, and her father sends her ‘home’ to the United States, to a normal teenager’s life. But she can’t adapt. She is the proverbial wild child—obstinate and defiant.

When her father disappears, sixteen-year-old Chiku heads back to the primordial jungle, where she uncovers her own dark past and puts to use her greatest skill: she can communicate via sign language with the wild chimpanzees of Chimp Island.

But there is turmoil in the rainforest—civil war, environmental upheaval…and murder. The lives of the chimps and the safety of the people she loves depend upon one teenaged girl who refuses to be messed with—Chiku Flynn.

Peter Clenott was born in Portland, Maine and graduated from Deering High School and Bowdoin THE THIRD WORLD. He interrupted his writing for a solo trip to South Africa at a time when apartheid ruled and Nelson Mandela was still in prison. Out of this experience came the novel ALBERTVILLE.

College with a major in history. His writing career began after he completed his last college exam, a science fiction novel called

Upon his return to the United States, Peter settled in Boston and became involved with the housing movement in that city at a time when gentrification was uprooting neighborhoods and sparking arson-for-profit. He has been working in the housing field ever since from tenant organizing, to public housing advocate, to working with homeless families.

He currently resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts and has three children, Leah, William and Stephen.

He has written many novels and screenplays. He has most recently published HUNTING THE KING in 2009, THE HUNTED and DEVOLUTION in 2013.


  1. Good morning Peter and super congrats on your new release!

    What an incredible idea for a book. LOVED the excerpt!

    How difficult was it for you to get into the head of a teenage girl? I have one of my own and they are an interesting bunch, without all the baggage and background Chiku has.

    I hope you enjoy your Cyber Launch Party today and here's to DEVOLUTION being a huge bestseller for you! Have fun!

  2. Thank you for having me, DeNita. I am the proud 'father' of many novels, but I hold special feelings for Chiku Flynn and DEVOLUTION. Chiku is a special heroic young woman,a good role model for kids her age and form adults. DEVOLUTION, to me, is not just a page-turning piece of entertainment, it is a njovel with an important message, that we must all take seriously the threats that the modern world poses on our planet. I hope you'll read the excerpt and be drawn into Chiku's world.

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