Please join us for a joint book signing with authors Elana Johnson, Jenny Han (now a New York Times bestseller), Jessi Kirby and John Corey Whaley each highlighting a new YA novel.
Dystopian YA fiction is hotter than ever, and debut author Elana Johnson, a technology specialist at an elementary school, has brought us an eerie futuristic novel that depicts a colorless, sterile world of technological innovation and mind control. Possession explores the question of just how far one girl will go to maintain her free will.
Vi is just your average teenage girl. She breaks the rules and she wants to be able to take a walk in the park with her boyfriend, Zenn. But the world Vi walks in is not like ours. It’s the Goodgrounds, a society full of special rules and powerful Thinkers who can brainwash any member of the population to help them achieve their own goals. So when Vi breaks the Rules one too many times, she winds up in prison and meets her match in the form of the equally rebellious Jag, who grew up in the Badlands without Rules and Thinkers. After escaping prison with Jag, Vi begins to wonder if maybe she isn’t really bad at heart after all. Vi has special abilities the rest of the Goodies and Baddies don’t have. If anyone has a chance at reclaiming control from the Thinkers, it’s Vi. But is she strong enough to fight the society she has grown up in? And will anything be left when the fight is over?
Elana Johnson is a contributor to the QueryTracker.net blog and the author of From the Query to the Call, an e-book detailing how to write a query letter and submit to literary agents. She lives in central Utah where she spends her time with many students, one husband, and two kids. This is her first novel. Find out more at www.elanajohnson.com.
“Han’s impressive ear for a pitch-perfect reproduction of the interactions between not-quite-adult older teens make this an appealing conclusion to this trilogy romance among bright middle-class young people.” —Kirkus Reviews
Summer can’t last forever….Belly had waited her whole life to be with the guy she loves. That guy used to be Conrad, the older Fisher brother and her first love. But two summers ago, Belly chose his younger brother Jeremiah, her first kiss. Jeremiah was always there for her and took care of her when it matter most. And now he wanted to take care of her forever.But everyone thinks that Belly and Jeremiah are moving too fast. When Belly’s mom refuses to support her decision, she runs away to the beach house for one last summer, only to find Conrad there as well. Even while planning her future with Jeremiah, Belly finds her mind wandering back to her first love. It is supposed to be the best summer of her life, but why does it feel like everything is falling apart?
In this stunning conclusion to the beloved Summer series, internationally bestselling author Jenny Han will have fans on the edge of their seats to see who Belly ultimately chooses in the end. WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER goes beyond the average beach read with the compelling storyline of the ultimate love triangle that will have one cheering for this love story long after summer has ended.Jenny Han has her MFA in creative writing from the New School. Her previous books include Shug, The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at dearjennyhan.com.
"I couldn't put this book down. Kirby's voice is fresh and wise, all at once. An incredible first novel." --Sarah Dessen, New York Times bestselling author of Lock and Key
"Like sea glass, this smooth, radiant debut, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen, sets authentic and sympathetic characters working through a life-changing transformation against the backdrop of a steamy summer romance. Great for beach time—or anytime." --Kirkus Reviews
"Kirby is an author to watch, and her debut will be enjoyed by a large array of teens in search of identity stories."--Booklist
When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.
Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.
But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.
Jessi Kirby lives in a historic cottage on the beach in Orange County, CA with her husband and two children. She is a former middle school librarian. You can visit her at jessikirby.com.
“In this darkly humorous debut, Whaley weaves two stories into a taut and well-constructed thriller… [with] a heartbreaking finale that retains a touch of hope.”
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
WHERE THINGS COME BACK
Cullen Witter can’t think of anywhere more boring than his hometown of Lily, Arkansas, where he’s been stuck for the past seventeen years trying to survive things like brainless jocks and his love for the unattainable girls who date them. He spends most of his time hanging out with his brother Gabriel, the most unique person he knows, and coming up with titles for books he has yet to write.
All of that changes, though, when a local birdwatcher supposedly sights an extinct woodpecker that hasn’t been seen since the 1940s. Suddenly, Lily is transformed by the frenzy over the “Lazarus Bird,” holding carnivals in celebration of its return and relishing all of the media attention. But it’s hard for Cullen to enjoy the circus when Gabriel has mysteriously disappeared and the police have no idea how to find him. Meanwhile, a demoralized young man named Benton Sage has enrolled in the University of Atlanta after a failed stint as a missionary in Ethiopia, and his story intertwines with Cullen’s in unexpected ways.
Cullen’s biting wit and keen observations make for a distinctive voice that works perfectly against the backdrop of the farcical atmosphere that sprouts up in Lily surrounding the Lazarus Woodpecker. You’ll scoff and suffer along with Cullen as he struggles to prop up his parents and figure out what happened to his brother amidst the woodpecker fever. And you won’t want to miss the stunning conclusion that ties these threads together. Where Things Come Back is a moving debut that captures small-town life and adolescent confusion through the lens of satire and suspense. Whaley is surely an author to watch.John Corey Whaley is a middle-school teacher in Shreveport, Louisiana. This is his first novel. He found an agent for Where Things Come Back through www.webook.com and you can watch him on YouTube as WeBook’s #1 AgentInbox Success Story.