Join MG in celebrating four Young Adult titles from Southern CA authors Stephanie Diaz, Livia Blackburn, Bethany Crandell, and Jenny Kaczorowski! And discover who believes that avocados make the world a better place… even for teens facing real adversity.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jenny Kaczorowski will not be participating.
In Evolution, the thrilling conclusion to Stephanie‘s Extraction series, Clementine’s world is on the brink of destruction. Unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel’s people will be destroyed, and everything Clementine and her friends sacrificed in their fight for peace will have been in vain.
Livia continues her Midnight Thief series in Daughter of Dusk, where Kyra, after learning the truth about her bloodlines, can’t help but feel like a monster. Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin.
Publishers Weekly’s enthusiastic review of Bethany’s tale of life lessons from summer camp, Summer on the Short Bus, noted that she “creates a maddening yet sympathetic character in Cricket, who is realistically slow to learn her lessons in compassion and human kindness.”
And LA author, mother, and photographer Jenny Kaczorowski’s eNovel, The Art of Falling, is an exercise in the philosophy on the books page of her website: “If you find someone you care about, screw everyone else. Life’s too short.” The Art of Falling’s purple-haired artist, Bria, must decide if she can embrace that philosophy without losing her sense of self or her place among her peers.
Clementine's world is on the brink of destruction. An army of aliens from the distant planet Marden has arrived with a massive fleet of battleships, intent on finally putting an end to the war Kiel's old rulers initiated. With the Alliance headquarters reduced to rubble and one of the rebel leaders close to death, Clementine and her friends have no choice but to retreat to the Core to escape the alien ships attacking the Surface.
But safety in the Core means forming a temporary alliance with their sworn enemy, Commander Charlie. He's a ruthless man and a liar, but striking a bargain with him--his pardon in exchange for their help defeating the Mardenites--is the only way the rebels might survive the war. And Charlie needs their help too, for Marden's force is more powerful than anyone anticipated, with weapons and technologies never before seen on Kiel. Unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel's people will be destroyed, and everything Clementine and her friends have sacrificed in their fight for peace will have been for nothing.
As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly? Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.
"Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids--or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks. Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers' unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket's limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance--and losing her sanity.
For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She's a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.
Now with each secret kiss, she's falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she's facing one major identity crisis.
Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she's too cool to like, she can't keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she's spent all of high school creating.