Readers of young adult fiction will enjoy the opportunity to discover new authors during our evening panel. Jessi Kirby’s Moonglass follows Anna as her father moves her to a new location – the beach community where she can discover the secrets behind her mother’s death. Local author Kirsten Hubbard explores the dangers of extreme friendships in her contemporary debut novel, Like Mandarin. A forbidden kiss and a love triangle disrupt the dystopian world of Elana Johnson’s Possession. And John Corey Whaley spins a Southern Gothic thriller of extinct birds and disappearing siblings in Where Things Come Back.
Anna's plans for junior year are washed away when her father accepts a job transfer. There's no denying that living in a cottage on the beach has its perks, and it happens to be the town where her parents met and fell in love, but Anna is none too eager to rebuild her life from scratch. She already did that once, after her mother passed away years earlier.
Despite her reluctance, Anna is slowly won over. But even as she makes new friends and relishes the gorgeous ocean view, she is confronted by her family's history. Everyone around Anna seems to know more about her own family's past than she does...and she begins to realize that she and her father can't outrun the painful truths of her mother's death.
Anna's sea glass collection proves that time can smooth rough edges--but what about when the jagged hurt of loss remains as sharp as ever?