The Official Website of Author Michael Harmon

Michael Harmon,  Award Winning Young Adult Author

An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Skate A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age - Skate An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults The Last Exit to Normal An ALA Rainbow List Selection for GLBTQ Content for Youth - Last Exit to Normal A James Cook Book Award Winner fo Diversity in Teen Literature - Last Exit to Normal A Texas Tayshas High School Reading List Selection - Last Exit to NormalA Michigan " Thumbs Up!" Hoover Book (Michigan Public Library) - Last Exit to NormalA Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award - Last Exit to Normal An ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers - Brutal Winner of the Washington State Scanduzzi Children's Book Award Brutal A Texas High School Reading List Selection - Brutal A Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee - Brutal


"... it is a recommended purchase for libraries serving middle and high school students." - VOYA

"A marvelous debut." - Kirkus

"the result is a strong story about the bond between brothers and a kid that learns how to trust." - the Oregonian

"5 out of 5 Stars" -



Harmon makes it work with believable characters, Ben’s biting wit, and solid lessons about acceptance and responsibility" - Library Journal - Starred Review"...(Harmon) digs beneath the stereotypes of gays and rednecks to tackle issues emerging when conservative and liberal values clash ..... with skillful, often witty insights into human nature; because his take on peopl is cinvincing, audiences will want to believe in his story, too." Publishers weekly - Starred review

"Ben comes to like Montana, but this story takes funny twists and poignant turns through the backwoods." - Kirkus


" Harmon’s dialogue is crystal clear and authentic, his youth characters intelligent, and his adult characters finely drawn... An admirably realistic portrayal of a rebel." - Booklist"seizes (the reader's) attention at the beginning and holds it captive." School Library Journal

If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Michael Harmon, BRUTAL is a book you won't want to miss. His previous books, SKATE and THE LAST EXIT TO NORMAL, are excellent, but BRUTAL takes the prize in my opinion.  -


Desperation drives this brutal, unflinching coming-of-age story …. Readers should empathize with Aiden as he attempts to justify the moral compromises he has made and maintain his dignity - Publishers Weekly 

“A Kid from Southie is a GREAT, compelling read. The combination of Red Shea’s real life story and Mike Harmon’s laser like, spot-on prose makes this book irresistible.”

—Chris Crutcher


In a private-school conspiracy novel, 16-year-old Jason Weatherby knows exactly why he's at the Lambert School for the Gifted. And it's not for his brains. His dad is an influential state senator. It's this same connection that lands him a spot on the secretive Chamber of Five, the elite group of students who run the school with a shadow government, tapping into the same lines of powers as their parents. When he's asked to physically assault and ruin the reputation of another student as part of his initiation, Jason sees firsthand the depravity of the Chamber—and decides to work from the inside to take it down. But Jason taps into a conspiracy—and school secrets—far more insidious than he could ever have imagined. From award-winning author Michael Harmon comes a taut, thrillingly paced novel about the perils of privilege. Can one bold student set things right?