JUMPER

 

(Original cover art for Jumper by Romas. [top left])

Jumper received good reviews and was on the Compton Crook Award Final Ballot (an award for first novels.) It was second place in the Locus Poll for best first novel of 1992. It was also on the American Library Association Best Book List, YA division, the International Teacher’s Association’s Recommended Reading List, and the Pacific Northwest Reader’s Association YA Award Final Ballot.


Banned in Boston and other fun

While this book has been nominated for awards and been placed on reading lists, there are two things that I am proudest of.

First, at an ALA meeting, I had a school librarian come up to me and say, “Jumper is the book I use when I want to get a kid to trust all my other reccomendations. I always start out with Jumper.”

Second, Jumper was on the American Library Association’s list of most banned books in America, 1990 to 1999. And considering that it wasn’t published until the latter half of 1992, it had to work extra hard.

Of course, in 2000, along comes that Rowling woman and everybody wants to ban her books. She doesn’t care that she kicks us underachievers right off the bottom of the list.

All right, I’ll admit it. I was way down at number 94. It wasn’t like I was up there with Catcher in the Rye. I was between Stephen King’s Christine and a non-fiction book on sex education. All the Harry Potter books came in at number 1.


You can read an excerpt from this book. (link)

You can buy my books from Barnes & Noble. (link)

You can buy my books from Amazon. (link)


And there was a movie. Here’s the movie tie-in edition:

 

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  9. Jumper first came out when I was 14 years old. It was unlike any book that I had ever read before in my life. It was a book for someone my age, that treated me like an adult, showing me the harsh reality of child abuse, terrorism, and a whole host of other things that my sheltered young mind had never before considered. It took me to a place I had never been before, and made me see the world in a different way. That’s not the sort of thing people normally say about YA science fiction. Thanks for a great book that taught me a few things about life when I was young, and still entertains today.

  10. Just finished “Jumper” (hard cover) and found two typos. Might help for Kindle version (perhaps they’ve been fixed) or reprint. I could find no other way to contact you.
    (1) Page 331, 3rd paragraph: “The men in the pit wre responsible for taking away the women I loved.” Change “wre” to “were.”
    (2) Page 343, 7th paragraph: “I won’t push it. But If you ever go public?” Lowercase “i” in “if.”
    That’s all I found so far. I haven’t gotten to work for hours because I couldn’t put it down. Now I’m afraid to get “Reflex”!

  11. I love the book. After watching the movie I read Jumper, Griffin’s Story and Reflex in just weeks. Your writing style is so easy to read and I really enjoyed the story element of ‘Jumping’ and how it developed in the main character over the books.
    I hope you are going to write more stories in the same world even with different characters.

  12. Hey Steven & Laura!

    We miss you here in Austin :o) — Hurry back! David still wants’ to know when the Sequel to Wildside is going to hit the shelves.

    We have devoured everything novel you (Steven) have written including Green war which was co-written with your lovely wife Laura Mixon. We are now going to start on Laura’s books!!

    By the way, my favorite remains to be Helm ;o)

    Until we meet again!

    Gretchen & Family

  13. Hello, Mr. Gould,
    First and foremost, I love your books, Jumper and Reflex. I’ve read both of them twice, and now I have my girlfriend hooked, as well. The main reason we love the story is because you’ve written the character, David, as an ordinary boy with weaknesses and insecurities, not as some James Bond persona no one can relate to. Since his reaction to an unusual gift is genuine fear, disbelief, and ultimately acceptance, I can easily see myself in those situations responding the exact same way. The same can not be said of characters written by other Fiction writers. Please keep up the good work and I hope the saga continues with a follow-up to Reflex.

    I do have a question for you. When the screenplay for the film, Jumper, was written, did Liman ask for your permission to go off on a completely different direction with your story and characters? The movie had but a few similarities to your book, and I was wondering if that was done with your approval. Or if not, did that really piss you off? I imagine you have mixed feelings; resentment over the complete altering of your story, and gratitude that the movie caused readers (like me) to become suddenly aware of your work.

    Anyway, I love your imagination. Keep up the good work.
    Warren W.
    Gilbert, Arizona

  14. I actually found out that the movie (ugh) was loosely based on a book from avclub.com. Some quick searching later and I polished off the book two days later. Excellent.

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