Author Archives

We are a team of certified secondary school librarians and English teachers with a combined total of over sixty years experience who are publishing under this communal nom de plume.

  • Full Disclosure

    Simone Garcia-Hampton is a seventeen-year-old HIV-positive girl attending a private Catholic high school–her second private Catholic high school, that is, after being “outed” by someone she thought was her best friend at the first school.  Bullying and intimidation have caused… Read More ›

  • Six Goodbyes We Never Said

    There are two protagonists in this book: Naima Rodriguez, whose mother died at her birth and whose Marine father has been killed during a sixth tour of duty overseas; and Dew Brickman, who lost both parents at the same time… Read More ›

  • The Speed of Falling Objects

    Danger (yes, that is her given first name) Danielle Warren, aka Danny, is turning 17 and has lived with her nurse mom in a two-bedroom/one-bath apartment for almost a decade, since her parents divorced and her father went off to… Read More ›

  • Saving Everest

    Beverly is the only Black girl in her high school. She lives with her alcoholic, needy, and not-always-responsible mom in a ratty apartment. She takes care of her mom more than vice versa. She has an “aunt” who parties hard… Read More ›

  • Past Perfect Life

    Ally (Allison) Smith is a high school senior living in the small town of Valley Falls WI. It’s always been just she and her dad, since (she was told) her mother died of cancer when she was only three years… Read More ›

  • The Tenth Girl

    Mavi is the teenage daughter of a South American political activist who is eventually rounded up by the police and hauled off to who-knows-where. Knowing that she herself is in danger and urged on by her mother just before the… Read More ›

  • Jackpot: All Bets Are Off

    Seventeen-year-old Rico Danger is of exotic mixed parentage. She is, by her classmates’ evaluation, a stunning beauty, though she is unaware of it. Her clothes come from thrift shops. She has no friends and keeps to herself to hide her… Read More ›

  • The Undoing of Thistle Tate

    Seventeen-year-old Thistle Tate is known as the author of runaway best-selling YA series LEMONADE SKIES, the story of a teenage girl who’s discovered a portal into the Afterworld that she hopes will lead to a reunion with her mother, who… Read More ›

  • We Walked the Sky

    Catherine Hastings is a 16-yr-old living in a Boston household with an emotionally and physically abusive father and a dying mother. The circus comes to town!  Catherine, with sudden, unexpected, and urgent pushing from her mom, runs away from home… Read More ›

  • The Silence Between Us

    Having lost her hearing at the age of thirteen from a bout with meningitis, seventeen-year-old Maya moves through the world with the ability to speak clearly but with a preference for using American Sign Language as a declaration that she… Read More ›