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Traci Chee and Jessica Cluess sign in San Diego

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

From playing Cinderella to serving the rich and famous coffee, Jessica Cluess has held a variety of odd jobs over the years but at the Galaxy we know her for her young adult debut novel A Shadow Bright and Burning that occurs in a Victorian setting filled with dangerous sorcerers. Jessica will be at the Galaxy for A Poison Dark and Drowning, the second book in her Kingdom on Fire series.

Having grown up “in a small town with more cows than people” Traci Chee now lives in the mountains where she is able to enjoy her love of the outdoors and the arts. Her novel The Reader takes place in a world where reading is unheard of and to rescue her aunt the protagonist must learn how to read the book her father left behind. Traci will be at the Galaxy for her second book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, The Speaker.

Friend, local author, and acclaimed writer Cindy Pon will be hosting the event. Her newest book, Want, is a young adult science fiction thriller about a group of teenagers who will risk it all to save their city. 


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ISBN: 9780399176784
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.


With Sefia's help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and the secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer's fate to her parents' betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard's plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.

A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, Book Two) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553535945
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

The magicians want her to lead. 
The sorcerers want her to lie. 
The demons want her blood. 
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves. 
But will his dark magic be her undoing?


In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.


Henrietta doesn't need a prophecy to know that she's in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.


Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook's system is transforming him as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients' past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and discover that some old wounds are still full of poison.

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ISBN: 9780147518057
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Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue to both her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book--a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed--and punish the people responsible.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553535938
Published: Ember - September 5th, 2017

I am Henrietta Howel. 
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years. 
The prophesied one. 
Or am I?


When Henrietta Howel is forced to reveal her unique power--the ability to control flames--to save a friend, she fears she will be executed. Instead, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers and declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.


But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.


As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?

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ISBN: 9781481489225
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 13th, 2017

 Jason Zhou is trying to survive in Taipei, a city plagued by pollution and viruses, but when he discovers the elite are using their wealth to evade the deadly effects, he knows he must do whatever is necessary to fight the corruption and save his city.