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Ask the Author: Caleb Roehrig

“THE FELL OF DARK is a paranormal fantasy about August Pfeiffer, a teenage boy living in a vampire town. Fulton Heights, IL, isn’t known for much—just a dying mall and a nexus of mystical energy fields that attract the undead—and the only thing Auggie wants is to live long enough to graduate and move somewhere else. Anywhere else. But his plans are derailed with the sudden arrival of an annoyingly hot vampire named Jude Marlowe. Impossibly, it seems that Auggie is the key figure in an ancient, apocalyptic prophecy…and the end of the world is due any minute. As dark forces spread through his hometown, and the people closest to him reveal one shocking secret after another, Auggie must confront a terrifying question: is he destined to save the world…or to destroy it?”

Ask the Author: Lani Forbes

“My book is based on ancient Mesoamerican mythology and follows Mayana, a descendent of the goddess of water, who is forced into a competition against other daughters descended from the gods to win the emperor’s heart. The ones not chosen to be his wife will be sacrificed to the gods!”

Ask the Author: Lillie Lainoff

“One for All (FSG, Winter 2022) is an ownvoices (chronic illness/disability), gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers set in 17th century Paris, a few years in the wake of La Fronde (comes from the French word “a sling,” a series of civil wars from 1648 to 1653).”

Ask the Author: Arianne Costner

“MY LIFE AS A POTATO is about a boy named Ben who moves to a new school in Idaho. Ben hopes to makeover his image to be more of a “cool kid.” One day in the cafeteria, he accidentally injures the school mascot, Steve the Spud. The basketball coach makes a deal with him: in order to avoid detention, Ben will fill in for the Spud for the last few games of the season. How embarrassing! Ben wants NO ONE to find out. He’s a bit clumsy, and not the best dancer, and… I mean… he’ll be dressed like a potato. Ben goes to great (and hilarious) lengths trying to hide his secret from his crush, his friends, and the whole school, while simultaneously working on improving his mascot game. He finds some unexpected friendships along the way, and learns that the secret to being cool is being cool with being yourself. 

CONFESSIONS OF A CLASS CLOWN is about Jack, the resident class clown, who loves making goofy videos on his social media accounts. He starts trends at school and is well-liked, but no one would guess that Jack is very self-conscious about the fact that he doesn’t have a “best” friend. In fact, most of his friends don’t stick around for long, and he can’t figure out why.  
Jack really needs someone to help film videos for his ever-growing social media account, so he swallows his pride and joins the new afterschool speed-friendshipping club. There, he meets, among others, Tasha, Brielle, and Mario, who each have their own motivations for joining the club, and their own hidden problems too. Alternating perspective chapters from each of the four characters show how their lives intertwine as they learn about false first impressions, human connection, and social media pressure.”

Ask the Author: Briana Morgan

“Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger whose livelihood relies on his online popularity. When a fight between him and his girlfriend goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Greg purchases a dark web mystery box in hopes of restoring his audience’s faith in him and hitting one million subscribers. But when Greg opens the box, he gets much more than he bargained for, including a Boxer who’s determined to stop him from taking his loved ones for granted. Now Greg must do all he can to stop the Boxer, or else he’ll lose his livelihood—along with the woman he loves.”

Ask the Author: Kit Rosewater

“The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team, is about Kenzie and her best friend/ dynamic duo partner Shelly. The Dynamic Duo set out to form a roller derby team so they can join the junior derby league together. But with every player they add, the duo starts to slip apart. Tensions bubble between the best friends as Shelly makes new friends and Kenzie begins to navigate a crush she keeps secret from Shelly. Kenzie begins to wonder if forming a team might tear their friendship apart, so when Shelly tries to recruit Kenzie’s crush to the track, Kenzie makes a secret plan of her own. Book 2 in the series follows Shelly, and Book 3 follows their team member Tomoko!”

Ask the Author: James Brandon

a love story set during the tumultuous time of 1973, when homosexuality was still considered a mental illness. 16-year-old Jonathan Collins is currently being “treated” for his illness, and he believes himself to be “cured.” That is, until Web enters his life. Web has secrets of his own, and as they start developing feelings for each other, the two boys learn how to tackle issues of race, homophobia, and identity in a world that is doing everything in its power to tear them apart.