Author Feature: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

On the anniversary of her mother’s death, Rhonda receives a mysterious package in the mail. And it’s from her deceased mother! As she tries to figure out how this is possible, Rhonda turns to the people around her, reconnects with her brother and makes new friends. While the package from her mother wasn’t what she expected, Rhonda realizes it’s a bigger gift than she ever imagined. What planning or research did you do for No Return Address? Believe it or not, the story was inspired by a real life event. My own mother sent advent […]

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Author Feature: Shelley Hrdlitschka

Lost Boy: Raised in a polygamous community, Jon starts to question the rules of his faith. After he is caught kissing a girl, he is forced to flee his town and the only life he knows. He finds a community of other Lost Boys, or “polygs,” but is utterly unprepared for life outside his community of Unity. He spirals into a life of numbing booze, drugs and homelessness. When he hits rock bottom, someone from his past enters his new life and helps him find his way. Jon and several of the novel’s other characters […]

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Author Feature: Nora Decter

How Far We Go and How Fast: Sixteen-year-old Jolene, named after the girl in the Dolly Parton song, is from a long line of lowlifes, but at least they’re musical lowlifes. Her mother is a tanning-salon manager who believes she can channel her karaoke habit into a professional singing career. Jolene’s dad, a failed bass player, has gone back to the family demolition business and lives by the company motto: “We do not build things; we only tear them down.” But Jolene and her big brother, Matt, are true musicians, writing songs together that make […]

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Author Feature: Martha Brack Martin

Tom is looking forward to spending spring break in Mexico with his girlfriend, Kat. Her father, an FBI agent, has invited Tom to join them at a fancy Cancun resort for some much-needed R&R. But when the daughter of a local law-enforcement officer goes missing, Kat’s dad is pulled into the investigation. Soon after, Tom notices a yacht in the marina with a suspicious-looking crew and a kid matching the missing girl’s description. Investigating further could lead Tom into the dangerous world of ruthless Mexican drug cartels. Mayan Murder continues the story started in River […]

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Author Feature: Megan Clendenan

In Offbeat, fourteen-year-old Rose is sure she’s going to become a folk-music sensation, with her best friend, Shilo, at her side. But first she needs to convince her mom to keep paying for her expensive violin lessons. Her mom wants her to join the youth symphony and focus on classical music, in preparation for a music degree at university. When Rose enters a fiddle competition with a unique prize for the winner, she hopes to show her mom she can really can make it as a folk musician. What planning or research did you do […]

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Author Feature: Brooke Carter

Lucky Break: Seventeen-year-old Lucy “Lucky” Graves is devoted to her championship rugby team, but her dreams of a scholarship are destroyed when she breaks her leg during an important game. If it doesn’t heal properly, Lucy could be benched for the rest of the year. Goodbye pro career, goodbye college, goodbye future. Without rugby, who is she? Now her anxiety is getting worse, and a past trauma has resurfaced to haunt her. Lucy needs to get real about what happened when she was twelve, and about what it really means to be a team player. […]

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