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.

  • Tarot

    Anna is a 16-year-old who is the product of an adulterous affair between her magician father and married-to-someone-else mother. She lives in what sounds like a traditional fairytale kingdom, where she has been locked away in a tower all her… Read More ›

  • The Dead Queens Club

    Annie Marck of Cleveland (Ohio) meets Henry of Lancaster (Indiana) at a summer Overachievers Camp.  He nicknames her “Cleves” and they quickly bond as best friends. Their quirky friendship deepens during the second summer’s Overachievers Camp, after which Anne’s family… Read More ›

  • Orphan Monster Spy

    Sarah is the teenage daughter of a beautiful German Jewess whose husband? boyfriend? made himself scarce years earlier.  As their situation in Nazi Germany becomes ever more precarious, the mother dissolves into an alcoholic, depressed mess.  She rallies finally for… Read More ›

  • The Similars

    Emmeline Chance is so anxious about returning from California to Vermont to her highly prestigious and select private high school that she relies heavily on the “pharmas” her therapist has given her to dull her pain after the suicide of… Read More ›

  • Dry

    This is the first book I have read, I believe, by the writing Shustermans.  It is an excellent tale and apparently is already being made into a movie. Set in the present, the good folks of already water-starved California are… Read More ›

  • Thief of Happy Endings

    Cassidy is a teenager with a good family and one friend.  At the age of seven she was thrown from a horse, needed 30 stitches in her noggin, and was left with a cautious attitude toward life. Now things are… Read More ›

  • Unclaimed Baggage

    Three teenagers end up working together at an Unclaimed Baggage store in small-town Huntsville, Alabama: (1) Doris, an experienced staffer who hires the other two as new employees, and who is something of a social misfit because she is liberal… Read More ›

  • The Truth about Martians

    Life seems really hard for 11-year-old Mylo, who sleeps in a room with an empty bed where his brother used to be. It even seems to him that there is grayness around his dad, who doesn’t play ball with him… Read More ›

  • What the Woods Keep

    Upon turning eighteen, Hayden Holland, currently living in New York with a roommate named Del, is contacted by the family lawyer about the Promise, Colorado estate she is inheriting from her mother, who mysteriously vanished in its woods some ten… Read More ›

  • When Elephants Fly

    T. Lillian Decker (Tiger Lily Decker) is an 18-year-old high school senior whose schizophrenic mother almost kills her at the age of seven by insisting she can fly off a roof. The mother goes to prison for attempted murder and… Read More ›