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On Friday, September 23rd, the Doylestown Bookshop is hosting a night dedicated to great young adult fiction. The authors who will be appearing that night are:
Ellen Jensen Abbott • Cyn Balog • Alissa Grosso • Amy Holder • Jennifer Hubbard
|Ellen Jensen Abbott lives in West Chester, PA and teaches at the Westtown School. Her debut novel, Watersmeet, a young adult fantasy novel, was an IRA Young Adult Award Notable Book, and was nominated for YALSA’s Teen Top Ten. Her new book is The Centaur’s Daughter, which follows up on the events that took place in Watersmeet.|
About Watersmeet: From her birth, Abisina has been an outcast—for the color of her eyes and skin, and for her lack of a father. Only her mother’s status as the village healer has kept her safe. But when a mythic leader arrives, Abisina’s life is ripped apart. She escapes alone to try to find the father and the home she has never known. In a world of extremes, from the deepest prejudice to the greatest bonds of duty and loyalty, Abisina must find her own way and decide where her true hope lies.
Cyn Balog's newest books is the young adult, paranormal novel Starstruck. She is also the author of young adult, paranormal novels Fairy Tale and Sleepless. For more information, please visit, www.cynbalog.com.
About Starstruck: When Gwendolyn “Dough” Reilly’s boyfriend and best friend Wish moves away in seventh grade, the only consolation she can find is in her family bakery’s donuts. Now, it’s sophomore year, and Wish is coming back. But in only three years, they’ve both changed—drastically. She’s seriously overweight, and suddenly Wish is the most popular guy in school, and girls everywhere want him. Dough has doubts that appearances don’t matter and that Wish can love her as she is, so she launches into a plan designed to keep them together. That is, until she discovers that Wish’s gorgeous looks and charm might not be all they appear to be.
Alissa Grosso’s first novel, Popular, was published in 2011 by Flux. At various points in her working life she has been a tavern wench, a term paper writer, a newspaper editor and a children’s librarian. She owns very few garments that aren’t covered with cat or dog hair. She lives in New Jersey. To find out more, please visit alissagrosso.com.
About Popular: Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by uber-popular Hamilton Best. You know you’re “in” when you make the guest list for one of Hamilton’s parties. And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by Hamilton.
Amy Holder is a writer and artist residing in the Philadelphia area. With an educational background in psychology, she has experience working with teens and children in the social service and education fields. The Lipstick Laws is her first novel. To find out more, visit Amy's website at amyholder.com.
About The Lipstick Laws: At Penford High School, Brittany Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone’s life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her.
Jennifer Hubbard grew up in New England and came to Philadelphia at the age of seventeen, where she has lived ever since. She currently lives and writes in Wyncote, PA. The Secret Year is her first novel and her second novel, Try Not to Breathe, will be released in 2012. For more information, please visit jenniferhubbard.com.
About The Secret Year: Seventeen-year-old Colt has been sneaking out at night to meet Julia, a girl from an upper-class neighborhood unlike his own. They’ve never told anyone else about their relationship: not their family or friends, and especially not Julia’s boyfriend. When Julia dies suddenly, Colt tries to cope with her death while pretending that he never even knew her. He discovers a journal Julia left behind. But Colt is not prepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship, nor to pay the price for the secrets he’s kept.