Nominated for the 2008 Re: Lit Award for Fiction
Young Leonard thinks his own moral failures caused his father’s heart attack and triggered an epileptic fit in his dog. As he launches himself through increasingly dangerous ethical trials, his thoughts grow darker and the stakes get higher in his constant struggle to be good. The winner of the 29th Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is a coming-of-age gone awry; a funny, suspenseful and touching story of a young prairie boy who can’t reconcile his faith, his offbeat family, and his own teenage impulses.In Leonard McKinley, McLeod has drawn a complicated character—open, charming and heartbreakingly conflicted. Nominated for a 2008 Re:Lit Award for fiction.
“McLeod’s plot works away with quiet efficiency. Leonard comes apart as the book comes together….a very personal addendum to the scariest of biblical prophecies.”—The Globe and Mail
“The newest 3-Day winner is an emotionally powerful book and an intense read… McLeod’s knack for realistic dialogue and for shaping young male characters you might have met at summer camp 20 years ago bring this coming-of-age tale to life.” —Now Magazine
“McLeod…has built a solid reputation as one of the country’s best spoken word performers. It turns out his command of language is just as strong on paper, however, as Leonard McKinley is an equally funny, disturbing and poignant tale of a young man struggling to reconcile his strong Christian faith with his increasingly dark impulses.” —Monday Magazine