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I Read YA Tour w/ Westerfeld, Schrefer, Lee, & Chen

I Read YA Tour

Are you a reader and fan of YA literature, or perhaps curious to see what the ever expanding world of YA has to offer? Join us at Mysterious Galaxy as we host the “I Read YA Tour,” with special guests Scott Westerfeld, Eliot Schrefer, Fonda Lee, and Justina Chen.

Scott Westerfeld is the author of seventeen YA titles, his most notable to date being his Uglies series. The world of Uglies is set in a future where cosmetic surgery is a requirement as of age sixteen. Scott has also written five novels for adults and has worked on several graphic novel projects such as the Spill Zone books. His latest published work is Impostors, the first of four new novels that will once again take place in the world of Uglies. Frey and Rafi have more than the typical sister relationship. Only known to few within their family’s circle, Frey is actually Rafi’s body double, and therefore has been taught how to kill. When Frey is sent to act as collateral in Rafi’s place, she finds herself on unfamiliar ground. As the son of a rival leader slowly grows close to her, Frey must figure out who, if anyone, she can trust.

Eliot Schrefer discovered what he was supposed to do with his life after a chance dinner with friends. During the meal, he claimed, “anyone with unlimited time and money would become a novelist,” says his website. In that same year, he began his journey with writing fiction and hasn’t looked back since. His first novel, Glamorous Disasters, took inspiration from his own experiences of working off his student debt by tutoring kids of wealthy families. His soon to be published book, Orphaned, follows a young gorilla named Snub. A natural disaster leaves Snub’s home unrecognizable and her baby sibling alone in her care. If things couldn’t get worse, a new predator has been glimpsed in the woods; something that walks on two legs. When one of these new creatures becomes orphaned too, Snub against her better judgement takes it in, entwining the two species on a similar path for better or worse.

Fonda Lee is a former corporate strategist who now writes science fiction and fantasy for both adult and young adult audiences. Her first book in the Green Bone Saga, Jade City, was nominated for the Nebula and Locus awards, and was named Best Book of 2017 by several outlets. Cross Fire, her latest work, is a follow up to her science fiction novel Exo, where Earth has now become a colony for a species of aliens. After a human terrorist group destroys the peace that has reigned for one hundred years of the colony’s existence, the aliens plan to pull out of Earth, believing it too costly to maintain any longer. Donovan, a human member of the colonist alien security forces, is worried this will leave Earth wide open to hostile takeover from others. As Donovan inches closer to a solution that will avoid an impending war, he might have to make the ultimate sacrifice for his species.

Justina Chen is a writer of young adult fiction and motivational books. She also co-founded Readergirlz, which her bio describes as a “cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens.” It is worth noting that Readergirlz has won the National Book Foundation’s Award for Innovations in Reading in 2009. One of Justina’s latest YA novel is Lovely, Dark, and Deep. After returning home from a trip abroad, Viola Li realizes she has developed an extreme case of photosensitivity, making life as she knew it near impossible. Her well-meaning but overprotective parents make sure she stays away from the outside world. As Viola tries to maintain a semblance of a life, she meets funny and ridiculously handsome Josh, who is as equally well-built as he is brooding. As their relationship quickly escalates, Viola decides to take increasing amounts of risky decisions. When one of them, a rebellion against her parents, backfires, she must find a way to keep life and love within her reach.

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How to order books & tickets:

This is a ticketed event. Priority tickets to the signing line are given only with the purchase of one of the participating author's most recent title from Mysterious Galaxy. Tickets are numbered, indicating your place in the signing line, and are sold on a first-come basis.  You may purchase your book online, in-store, or over the phone, but all books must be paid in full in order to receive a ticket.

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1) You must enter payment method. Books ordered using the 'pay in store' option will not be issued a ticket or guaranteed a book until actual payment is made.

2) Note your intent to attend in the comments section at checkout. 

3) All online orders must be submitted by 12:00pm on OCTOBER 22ND for your book to be personalized.


Other limitations may apply. The event itself is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come first-served 30-40 minutes before the start of the event. Please read through our FAQ for arrival times, book limitations, and other details. Contact a Mysterious Galaxy bookseller at 858-268-4747 for any questions.

Impostors Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338151510
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 11th, 2018

In a world that is rapidly descending into chaos, Frey and Rafi are twin sisters, but few people know of Frey's existence, because she has been raised to be her sister's body double and lethal bodyguard, while Rafi has been raised to further the family's political power--but when their father sends Frey in her sister's place as collateral in a tricky deal, Col, the son of a rival leader, gets close enough to begin to suspect something, and Frey must decide whether to deal with him violently or finally assume her own identity.

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Zeroes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481443371
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - September 27th, 2016

Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy) Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416971740
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - August 10th, 2010

Uglies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442419810
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 3rd, 2011

Orphaned (Ape Quartet #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545655057
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 25th, 2018

Before humans, and before human history, there were the apes.

Snub is a young gorilla, living in the heart of what will eventually be known as Africa. She is jealous of her mother's new baby . . . and restless in her need to explore. When a natural disaster shakes up her family, Snub finds herself as the guardian of her young sibling . . . and lost in a reshaped world.


Snub may feel orphaned, but she is not alone. There are other creatures stalking through the woods -- a new form of predator, walking on two legs. One of their kind is also orphaned, and is taken in by Snub. But the intersection of the human world and the gorilla world will bring both new connections and new battles.

In his boldest work yet, two-time National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer shows us a riveting, heartbreaking early encounter between ape and man -- told from the ape's point of view. It is a journey unlike any other in recent literature.

Rescued (Ape Quartet #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338196382
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 26th, 2017

Threatened (Ape Quartet #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545835640
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - August 25th, 2015

Endangered Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545165778
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

Cross Fire: An Exo Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338139099
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 29th, 2018

Earth's century of peace as a colony of an alien race has been shattered. As the government navigates peace talks with the human terrorist group Sapience, Donovan tries to put his life back together and return to his duty as a member of the security forces. But a new order comes from the home planet: withdraw. Earth has proven too costly and unstable to maintain as a colony, so the aliens, along with a small selection of humans, begin to make plans to leave. As word of the withdrawal spreads through the galaxy, suddenly Earth suddenly becomes vulnerable to a takeover from other aliens races. Invaders who do not seek to live in harmony with humans, but to ravage and destroy the planet.As a galactic invasion threatens, Donovan realizes that Sapience holds the key that could stop the impending war. Yet in order to save humankind, all species on Earth will have to work together, and Donovan might just have to make the ultimate sacrifice to convince them.

Exo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338232035
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 24th, 2018

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316440882
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - June 26th, 2018

Lovely, Dark, and Deep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338134063
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2018

When Viola Li returns from a trip, she develops a sudden and extreme case of photosensitivity -- an inexplicable allergy to sunlight. Thanks to her crisis-manager parents, she doesn't just have to wear layers of clothes and spaceship-sized hat. She has to avoid all hint of light. Say goodbye to windows and running outdoors. Even her phone becomes a threat.


Viola is determined to maintain a normal life, particularly after she meets Josh. He's a funny, talented Thor look-alike with his own mysterious grief. But their romance makes her take more risks, and when a rebellion against her parents backfires dangerously, she must find her way to a life -- and love -- as deep and lovely as her dreams.

A Blind Spot for Boys Cover Image
Unavailable to Order
ISBN: 9780316102537
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

Return to Me Cover Image
Unavailable to Order
ISBN: 9780316102551
Availability: Special Order
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2013

North of Beautiful (A Justina Chen Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316025065
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 17th, 2010

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