Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Author Lineup

Keynote Speaker:  Aija Mayrock

Aija started writing “The Survival Guide to Bullying” when she was 16 years old and finished it in 2015, at 19 years old. Aija promised herself that she would publish this book as a gift to the next generation of kids that would be bullied. She self-published this book in October of 2014 and one month later, Scholastic acquired it. Aija dealt with bullying for many years, beginning in the 3rd grade. In the midst of these very difficult times, Aija discovered her creativity and passion. She wrote her very first screenplay on the day of the deadline for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 10-10-10 competition. She won the competition and from that time forth pursued her passions. She has also won awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her writing and poetry. She is currently a student at New York University.


Cecil Castellucci Stone in the Sky (Tin Star #2)

Dana Elmendorf South of Sunshine

Evelyn Skye The Crown’s Game

Frank Beddor Hatter Madigan and Looking Glass Wars

Ingrid Sundberg All We Left Behind

Josephine Angelini Firewalker (Worldwalker #2)

Julie Buxbaum Tell Me Three Things

Kerry Kletter The First Time She Drowned

Nicola Yoon Everything Everything

Robin Reul My Kind of Crazy

Robyn Schneider Extraordinary Means

Shannon Messenger Let the Wind Rise (Sky Fall #3)

Tobie Easton Emerge

Thomas Voorhies (Lex Thomas) The Giant (Quarantine #4)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Meet Thomas Voorhies

About The Loners, book 1 of the Quarantine series:

It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school.

The Giant is book 4 of the Quarantine series.

About Thomas Voorhies:

Lex Thomas is the pen name of dual writing team Lex Hrabe and Thomas Voorhies.

Thomas Voorhies received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he paces around in a loft downtown, writing, painting, watching movies, and listening to comedy. He spends the rest of his time silently watching people or joking around.

Meet Tobie Easton

About Emerge:

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk.

So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

About Tobie Easton:
  Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it.  A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens.  Tobie’s YA contemporary fantasy EMERGE (Book 1 in the anticipated Mer Chronicles) offers a peek into a world where mermaids aren’t just real, but live secretly among us. Find out more about Tobie and her writing at and say hi on Instagram and Twitter @TobieEaston

Meet Shannon Messenger

About Let the Sky Fall, book #1 in the Sky Fall series:

Vane Weston should have died in the category-five tornado that killed his parents. Instead, he woke up in a pile of rubble with no memories of his past — except one: a beautiful, dark-haired girl standing in the winds. She swept through his dreams ever since, and he clings to the hope that she's real.

Audra is real, but she isn't human. She's a sylph, an air elemental who can walk on the wind, translate its alluring songs, even twist it into a weapon. She's also a guardian — Vane's guardian — and has sworn an oath to protect him at all costs.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both their families, Audra has just days to help Vane unlock his memories. And as the storm winds gather, Audra and Vane start to realize that the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them, but the forbidden romance growing between them.

Let the Wind Rise is book #3 in the Sky Fall series.

About Shannon Messenger:

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She's studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She's the bestselling author of the middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and the SKY FALL series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at

Meet Robyn Schneider

About Extraordinary Means:

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it's easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.

Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.

About Robyn Schneider:
Robyn Schneider is the author of the critically-acclaimed and bestselling young adult novels The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means, which have earned numerous starred reviews, appear on many state reading lists, and are published in over a dozen countries. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where she earned a Masters of Bioethics. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet. You can watch her horrible vlogs at and follow her on twittertumblrinstagram and snapchat (snap: robynschneider).

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