WNBA‘s Third Annual Author’s Panel is taking place on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30pm in the Novi Public Library (45255 10 Mile Rd Novi, MI 48375). This year we find out why Young Adult literature spans the generations and has readers of all ages mesmerized! Join the WNBA and four award-winning Michigan YA authors for an exciting panel and Q&A! Meet and greet with the authors will follow the panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Book Beat. If you have any questions or would like to reserve copies of any of the books, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
Amy Ackley is the author of Sign Language, winner of the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction.
Inspired by the loss of her father and two close friends to cancer, Sign Language tells the story of twelve-year-old Abby North. Her first hint that something is wrong with her dad is the scar that appears on his stomach after he goes in for kidney surgery. Soon, the thing she calls “It” has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore.
“Ackley brings Abby’s voice to life, capturing all the fear, hope and confusion involved in trying to cope with the most grown-up of issues while still only a teen…You can’t help but want Abby to finally discover her own kind of peace, and readers will be pulling for her throughout her journey.” ~ Bestselling Author Sarah Dessen
Ari Berk is the author of Death Watch and Mistle Child, both part of the Undertaken Trilogy.
When Silas Umber’s father, Amos, doesn’t come home from work one night, Silas discovers that his father was no mere mortician, but an Undertaker who worked to bring The Peace to lost and wandering souls. With Amos gone, Silas and his mother move back to Lichport, the crumbling seaside town where he was born, and Silas seizes the opportunity to investigate his father’s disappearance. When his search leads him to his father’s old office, he comes across a powerful artifact: the Death Watch, a tool that allows the owner to see the dead. Death Watch in hand, Silas begins to unearth Lichport’s secret history–and discovers that he has taken on his father’s mantle as Lichport’s Undertaker. Now, Silas must embark on a dangerous path into the Shadowlands to embrace his destiny and discover the truth about his father–even if it kills him.
“Berk’s writing style and language are reminiscent of the classic gothic works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Shirley Jackson. The plot and pacing have a haunting, dreamlike quality–the type of dream that morphs into nightmares that jolt sleepers awake with a pounding heart and shaking hands.”
— School Library Journal
Tracey Bilen is the author is What She Left Behind.
Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it. With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.
“In her debut young adult novel, Bilen takes us into the world of family secrets from a teen’s point of view. The ending includes a twist that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, and yet, once the book is closed, Sara’s story will remain with readers. This is truly a remarkable story of resilience with broad appeal for teens.” –VOYA, April 2012
Hanna Harrington is the author of Saving June and Speechless.
Saving June tells the story of Harper Scott’s older sister, June, who took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her divorcing parents decide to split up June’s ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going—California.
Speechless is the story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected consequences.
“Among the many books about bullies, Harrington’s stands out for its authentic voice and unflinching portrayal of what it means to be part of the bullying. […] In Chelsea, Harrington has created a powerful, strong-willed character, portraying her with true-to-life complexity. Even at her most unlikable, Chelsea never ceases to be fascinating.” – Publishers Weekly on Speechless