DC citizen receives 7-digit book deal for “Promise Boys”

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DC-born writer Nick Brooks signed a seven-digit book deal for his young adult thriller Promise Boys.

The book is about a group of students from a charter school in DC who are investigating the murder of their headmaster.

Brooks, who is also a filmmaker and now lives in LA, says that when he wrote the book, he drew on his teaching experience in the Southeast. The DC native says he loved crime thrillers as a kid, from The Hardy Boys to Agatha Christie.

In addition to become an entertaining detective novel, he would like to use “Promise Boys” to highlight some of the shortcomings in the education system and their long-term effects on children of color.

  • “Institutions that claim to put students first, always put them last,” he tells Axios of his experience as a teacher.

The novel is for anyone who enjoys reading, says Brooks, but he especially wants young black kids in DC to reflect themselves and their culture in the novel.

  • “I’m trying to reach audiences that normally can’t text-to-self connections,” he says.

“Promise Boys” will be released in 2023.


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