YA Christian – Come As You Are

Come As You AreCome As You Are
Finding Peace in a Church Youth Group Godspell Production
By Anne Marie Bennett
Publisher: KaleidoSoul Media
Published: September 2019
ISBN: 978-1797978802
ASIN: B07V49CY77
Genre: Young Adult Christian
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This relevant, adventurous young adult Christian novel explores faith, community, and family relationships within the setting of a church youth group’s theatre production of the musical Godspell.

Fifteen-year-old Casey Donovan wants nothing more than to live wildly. In her town of Woodfield, Connecticut, she is more than content to toe the line of danger while trying to put away memories of a painful past.

But then she and her boyfriend are arrested for drug possession. To have the charges dropped, and keep peace as her mother goes through a bitter divorce, Casey reluctantly joins her local church’s Youth Group.

She expects a boring summer as she helps with the church’s summer theatre production of the musical Godspell. Though she longs to return to her old life, Casey soon finds herself bonding with the other teens in the group who have their own struggles. Slowly, this once lonely teen realizes that she is not alone in the challenges she has been afraid to face.

Part of Casey’s journey involves letting go of two people who have harmed her in the past, even though at first she doesn’t want to admit that they hurt her. Watching Casey grow in faith and become stronger and more confident as the novel progresses is a testament to the author’s own experiences with growing up, letting go, and finding strength and faith in community.

As opening night of the musical nears, Casey will soon have to confront her own faith and connection to God.

Contains a set of intriguing discussion questions which can be used in a church youth group setting, or for the individual reader who feels led to write about their response to the story.

From rehearsals to building sets to creating costumes, Casey’s journey inspires us to take a look at our own lives as we strive towards determining which friendships are most important and which can be safely turned away from.

Christians of all ages will savor this young adult novel and cheer Casey on from beginning to end. You’ll be inspired to seek out places where you are invited to show up exactly as you are, and where you are accepted for being exactly who you are.

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YA Fantasy – Knight School

Knight SchoolKnight School
By Richard M. Lohrey
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Release Date: October 24, 2019
ISBN: 978-1684333738
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Sheltered teen Jack Pepper receives a nautilus shell from his estranged grandmother on his fourteenth birthday. When he holds it up to his ear, he’s given coordinates to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean along with a time and date in the not-so-distant future. He embarks on the journey of a lifetime along with his new best friend Bowie Blackwood, a fearless, street-smart runaway.

A harrowing voyage combined with supernatural intervention transports the boys to medieval Atlantis. Upon their arrival, they are summarily captured and sentenced to death for espionage—following obligatory torture, of course. They are pardoned by the mystic leader Master Lumens who’s been expecting them. They each have a higher purpose to fulfill, but first things first—a good education.

They are enrolled at Strongthorne Academy where they will learn to become knights if they can survive the four-year curriculum, goblins, enemy troops—and prom.

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YA Fantasy – Beyond the Longcase Clock

Beyond the Longcase ClockBeyond the Longcase Clock
Chronicles of the Chiliad Book 1
By Hayley Patton
Publisher: Silver Frog Press
Published: June 2019
ISBN: 978-1916096806 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1916096813 (hc)
ASIN: B07T6BW34R
Genre: YA Fantasy, Time Travel, Young Adult, Science-Fiction
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An ancient spell gone wrong.
A legacy of time travel.
The latest unsuspecting heir.

Sophia just wants to earn enough money to go climbing by helping her father in his antiques shop. But when strange visions interrupt her work, she struggles to understand their meaning. Little does she know that they depict the past.

Flung back in time with her younger brother in tow, Sophia must get to grips with life in Victorian England before they make one mistake too many.

But a dangerous man is watching. When he discovers their secret, the siblings embark on an arduous journey through distant lands that will push them to the brink of survival.

With no way home and her brother’s future in her hands, Sophia must learn to control her gift or risk losing everything. One wrong move, and they’ll suffer a fate far worse than being trapped in the past forever.

Beyond the Longcase Clock is the first book in the YA fantasy time-travel series Chronicles of the Chiliad. If you like fast-paced adventure, vivid historical settings, and unpredictable magical powers, then you’ll love the first instalment in Hayley Patton’s compelling new series.

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YA Sports Fiction – World Football Domination: The Virtual Talent Scout

World Football DominationWorld Football Domination: The Virtual Talent Scout
By Anthony Ranieri
Published: July 2019
ISBN: 978-0646803838
ASIN: B07SMY1TCV
Genre: Sports fiction, Young Adult
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It’s 2050 and the renaissance of football (soccer) thinking has just begun. This is the first installment of a football science fiction journey shared by two countries from opposite ends of the world.

‘Are you sure there is no wreckage?’
‘Nothing at all, we checked all the surrounding areas and nothing.’
Gunnar’s mind shifted to conspiracy theories and the possibility there was foul play at hand.

When Gunnar Grimsson’s player identification drone goes missing on the outskirts of Iceland’s Reykjavik airport, foul play and subversion are to blame. Ambitious nations bent on dominating world football at all costs embark on a mission to steal the revolutionary technology.

Will Gunnar have the clout to protect his proprietary invention from his adversaries? He may stand a chance when he ushers the support of his Australian friend and football scout, Robby Denehy.

With twists and turns throughout the story, world football domination keeps you on your toes by providing glimpses of what the future of football beholds.

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YA Fantasy – A Bloodline’s Echo

A Bloodline's EchoA Bloodline’s Echo
The Avadi Series, Book 1
By M. R. Pilot
ISBN: 978-1976766053
ASIN: B078QBPDYJ
Genre: YA Fantasy
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Since the fall of the Aktar reign over a century ago, the land of Verbena has been poorly stitched together like a rough quilt. Some cities thrive while others hang on by a thread. It is a land of myths and whispers, and all history is ancient.

Eighteen-year-old barkeep Cori has always wanted to venture out of her feeder town of Sagebrush. Her mother has always been vicious and haunted, and her absent father is a mystery that she desperately wants to solve. But the roads are better suited for protected traders and dangerous travelers, and Cori can’t imagine life without her best friend, Wilder.

That all changes when a fateful incident releases something inside Cori — a power so bizarre she has no choice but to delve into the unknown to search for answers.

A captivating stranger offers her a glimpse into the world of the Avadi: people who can awaken unique abilities through a profound experience. The deeper Cori gets in this world, the more tangled she becomes in a web of schemes.

She soon finds herself at the epicenter of a decades-long conflict between two warring sides: one that stands for peace and shadows, and another that is poised to reinstate a new rule over Verbena.

Dark plots are at work and Cori alone may be the one to tip the scales. But every side—and everyone—has a secret. And her secret might be the biggest of all.

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YA Fantasy – The Forgotten Dream

The Forgotten DreamThe Forgotten Dream
Obsidian, Book 3
By Emilyann Girdner
Publisher: Luminous Words Press
Published: June 2019
ISBN: 978-1947791008
ASIN: B07T1V4RLT
Genre: YA Fantasy, High Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Coming of Age Fantasy
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The Forgotten Dream is the third book in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series. The first book in this young adult fantasy series, The Labyrinth Wall, is a Dante Rossetti Award Finalist and is a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated book.

The Obsidian Series:

The fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure.

The Labyrinth Wall:

Imagine a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people… Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. Araina must solve many mysteries surrounding the newcomer and the labyrinth she thought she knew so well. And, as a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s creators have unleashed a series of attacks against the labyrinth inhabitants. She must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to survive.

The Forgotten Dream:

During a dire encounter with magical attackers, an unexpected visitor shows up to save the day. However, suspicions of this unwanted guest arise when people start disappearing in Kasabac. It is difficult to know who can be trusted and harder to ignore the alarming claims about the labyrinth that come to Araina’s attention. Will she be able to locate the missing people? Perhaps more importantly, can she discern the truth from the lies about the labyrinth?

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