March 7, 2015
Check out some of this year’s NoVA Teen Book Fest featured authors – and remember, great YA Lit isn’t just for teens!
Author of “The Living” – After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.
Author of “The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley” – Convinced he should have died in the accident that killed his parents and sister, sixteen-year-old Drew lives in a hospital, hiding from employees and his past, until Rusty, set on fire for being gay, turns his life around. Includes excerpts from the superhero comic Drew creates.
Author of “Control” and “Catalyst” – In 2150, when genetic manipulation has been outlawed, seventeen-year-old Zelia must rescue her kidnapped sister with the help of a band of outcasts with mutated genes.
Robin Talley – local author
Author of “Lies We Tell Ourselves” – Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. Linda Hairston is the daughter of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.
Kat Spears – local author
Author of “Sway” – A Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist: When Ken, captain of the football team, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of Bridget, Jesse agrees. While learning about Bridget, he falls helplessly in love.
Author of “The Boy in the Black Suit” – After his mother’s death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and through attending and assisting with funerals begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.
Author of the “Winners” trilogy – An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
Author of the “Article 5” trilogy and the upcoming “The Glass Arrow” – In a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties, 17 year old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. But when the only boy she has ever loved arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action.
Author of “My Heart and Other Black Holes” – Seventeen-year-old Aysel’s hobby (planning her own death) takes a new path when she meets a boy who has similar plan of his own.
Martina Boone – local author
Author of the “Heirs of Watson Island” trilogy – After the death of her disfigured, shut-in mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt’s South Carolina plantation, which is guarded by an ancient spirit who cursed one of the island’s three founding families and gave the others magical gifts that become compulsions.