Already his debut The Gospel of Winter (2014, in Czech - Zimní evangelium, 2015) became a New York Times bestseller. In this book Brendan returns to one of the biggest scandals of modern American history - the sexual abuse of children by priests. The Gospel of Winter is not only the accusation of priests who have abused the trust of the children they should care for. It is the indictment of an American society that is disregarding the call for help of all its lonely, and often neglected, children who like all children long for love and attention.
Brendan grew up in Boston. Every Sunday afternoon, his father took him for long walks around bookstores. However, Brandan's love for reading was born only after reading the trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Later, he earned a university degree in creative writing and he worked for almost 10 years as a high school teacher in New York City.
Brendan wrote his next book; All American Boys (2015), together with an Afro-American writer, Jason Reynolds, and its story takes place in a high school setting. The work explores the perspectives of racial and police brutality issues. This powerful story should encourage young readers to find out who they are and what they need to stand for.
His next two novels also focus on young readers. "The point of living is learning how to love" is the motto of The Last True Love Story (2017), a classic love story of two adolescents who set out for a summer trip across the country. The novel Tradition, coming out in May 2018, is a complete novelty, where Brendan approaches the harsh reality of an elite boarding school and the issue of rape and machismo.
Brendan won a number of awards for his work, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and the Walter Dean Myers Award, and his work was selected by the American Library Association as one of the 10 best for teenage readers.
Brendan lives in New York with his partner and writer Jessie Chaffee.