The Independent Press Award

Wild World received the Independent Press Award for New Fiction (Debut)!

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the protest era of the early 1970s, a gripping novel of a power, corruption, injustice, courage, and hope—and one tenacious young man whose determination to overturn the system holds unexpected consequences for his own life.


“A deftly crafted and inherently engaging read from cover to cover, Wild World is an extraordinary and impressively entertaining read from beginning to end — and showcases author Peter S. Rush as having a genuine flair for originality.” Midwest Book Review            

“Wild World is a crime novel, a love story and a mystery all rolled into one… well written and keeps your attention.” Peace Corps Journal

Wild World is so very pertinent to our time that reading it brings into sharp focus those flaws in our present political condition: change is not only possible, but inevitable. Peter Rush is a sensitive and powerful writer whose future in American literature seems secure with the publication of this debut novel.” San Francisco Review of Books

“An intricate and captivating read throughout…. with the kind of narrative twists that prove wholly addictive…Wild World proves an extraordinarily powerful debut from Peter Rush.” BookViral

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Wow what an exciting day this is- I have a big announcement! Wild World is the winner of a #BeverlyHillsBookAward! Wild World took home the prize in the "SOCIAL/POLITICAL CHANGE" category. The story of Wild World is one that resonates with our society today.


One of the best practices we can teach our children is one of gratitude—on Thanksgiving Day and every day. These lovely picture books are reminders of the beauty of being thankful, perfect reading for #ThanksgivingWeek: via @BNKids

Check out the #WildWorld Soundtrack here for your weekend travels! Some good 70's vibes here.

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Wild World opens with the Kent State University massacre that took place on May 4, 1970. Here’s a short clip from CBS news of what happened that day to give you an idea of what the nation was watching and reacting to.