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YA Survivors Panel: Jody Casella, "Thin Space," Jennifer Castle, "The Beginning of After," Kim Purcell, "Trafficked", and Phoebe North, "Starglass"

THIN SPACE by Jody Casella

There’s a fine line between the living and the dead, and Marshall is determined to cross it in this gut-wrenching debut novel.

Ever since the car accident that killed his identical twin brother, Marshall Windsor has been consumed with guilt and crippled by the secrets of that fateful night. He has only one chance to make amends and set things right. He must find a thin space—a mythical point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to step through to the other side.

But when a new girl moves into the neighborhood, into the exact same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling of all his secrets.

As they get closer to finding a thin space—and closer to each other—March must decide once and for all how far he’s willing to go to right the wrongs of the living…and the dead.



In the aftermath of a car accident that kills her family, 16-year-old Laurel must face a new world of painful memories and new relationships. An honest look at grief that is both achingly real and powerfully hopeful.


TRAFFICKED by Kim Purcell

Hannah has struggled ever since her parents were killed and her beloved uncle vanished. So when she's offered the chance to leave Moldova and become a nanny for a family in Los Angeles, it seems like a dream come true-and at first it is. But after weeks of working sixteen-hour days and not being able to leave the house, she still hasn't been paid. As things go from bad to worse, Hannah realizes that things are not at all what they seem and she finds herself doing things she never imagined herself capable of. But as she begins uncovering the family's crooked history, she may be exposing more than she bargained on-and putting her life in danger.


STARGLASS by Phoebe North

For generations, those aboard the Asherah have lived within strict rules meant to help them survive the journey from a doomed Earth to their promised land, the planet Zehava–which may or may not be habitable, a question whose imperative grows now, in the dwindling months before touchdown.

Sixteen-year-old Terra’s situation is tough. A dead mom. A grieving dad. A bitchy boss, and a betrothed who won’t kiss her no matter how bad she wants it. She’s doing her best to stay afloat, even when she gets assigned a vocation she has no interest in: botany.

But after Terra witnesses the Captain’s guard murder an innocent man, she’s drawn into a secret rebellion bent on restoring power to the people. The stakes are higher than anything she could have imagined. When the rebellion gives Terra an all-important mission, she has to decide where her loyalties lie for once and for all. Because she has started to fall for the boy she’s been sent to assassinate…


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Thin Space Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582703923
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words - September 10th, 2013

The Beginning of After Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061985805
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTeen - April 16th, 2013

Trafficked Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142424162
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - February 7th, 2013

Starglass (The Starglass Sequence) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442459533
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2013