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Stamford Native Publishes First Young Adult Novel

Speaks to young students at Harry Bennett Branch

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Stamford, CT | Added on December 05, 2013 At 07:40 AM

The characters in Sara Kocek’s new young adult novel are fictional, but the problems they face are very real. The Stamford Native’s first published novel, Promise Me Something, tackles the topics of homophobia and bullying in a high school setting.

On Wednesday, Kocek returned to Stamford to talk about the book to a group of young students on the Ferguson Library’s teen advisory board. The book follows two teenage girls who struggle with secrets, identity and trust.

Kocek, a former student of Westhill High School, says she wanted to write a book that young people could respect. Kocek says she hopes the book can make young people more aware of how their actions make an impact and give them the courage to do the right thing.

Kocek says Promise Me Something is the first of many young adult novels to come. To find out more about Kocek and her work, visit


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