Northern Virginia Teen Book Festival Authors

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Northern Virginia Teen Book Festival Authors

Journey with these characters before you journey to NoVa

The Northern Virginia (NoVa) Teen Book Festival is on Saturday, March 30th at the George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA. You can take the metro to the school or drive to it. It's a fun free event, and I'm going to tell you a little bit about some of the books by the festival's featured authors. 

The common theme in these books is journeys, figuratively and literally. I really enjoy books where the characters make significant changes in their lives that lead to personal growth and success and happiness. These books do not disappoint me!
 
The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter
Dill must take an internal journey to find out if he has the courage to choose a life that hasn't been scripted for him by his family. Dill’s life has been difficult lately. His father, a pastor of a Pentecostal church, has been sent to prison for possessing pornographic images. His mother is trying to meet their rising debts by working as a maid for a hotel. Dill’s best friend, Lydia, who he wishes was more than his best friend, is planning on going to college after their senior year while Dill will be stuck in the same old small town trying to take care of his mother. When Lydia and Dill’s mutual friend, Travis, is brutally murdered, Dill must decide -- will he end his life or find the courage to live the life that he truly wants to live?

The Diviners by Libba Bray
Evie O'Neill must decide if her supernatural gifts are meant to be a parlor trick or a useful tool in helping to find the murderer of a young woman. Bored in her Ohio small town, Evie uses her supernatural power of finding out somebody’s secrets by handling a personal object they own to disastrous effect and is sent to New York City to live with her uncle Will. She’s thrilled to be a part of the jazz party scene and attend the speakeasies, in spite of the fact that Will is the director of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. When a young girl is brutally murdered, the police ask Will for help and when he and Evie arrive at the murder scene, Evie is overcome with both horror and pity. She reaches to put the girl’s rhinestone buckle on her shoe and sees a series of images of what happened and then must decide -- will she use her gift to track a killer?

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Camellia Beauregard must decide if she is willing to risk everything that she holds dear to protect her sisters and keep a corrupt princess from becoming queen. Camellia is a Belle, meaning she is gifted with the power to transform others physically and beyond. Moreover, she's the favorite Belle of the royal family -- making her the most powerful woman in the kingdom of Orléans. Camellia is thrilled with her position -- until she discovers Princess Sophia’s dark side. Princess Sophia is obsessed with being the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, and she is also cruel and vindictive. She even asks Camellia to give a courtier a pig’s nose! The Queen has asked Princess Sophia to heal Princess Charlotte so that Princess Sophia will never be queen. But healing Princess Charlotte may kill Camellia. Will she try to heal Princess Charlotte and to preserve the kingdom -- even though it may mean her own death?
 
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Norris Kaplan must decide if he will give his new life in Austin, Texas a fair chance. A black French Canadian who has moved from Canada to Austin for his mother’s job, Norris already knows that he’ll probably be considered an outsider. His high school admissions officer, Laura Kolb, knows too -- and gives him a diary to write in because “he’ll get to see the school, the city, the state, the entire American perspective from an outside perspective!” So he starts the diary, cataloging everybody he meets into the cheerleaders, the jocks and the loners. Eventually connecting with his peers, Norris' life becomes even more complicated when his private words become public, jeopardizing the relationships he never thought he'd form.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Nisha’s life drastically changes when she, her father, and her brother flee from Pakistan to India. It’s 1947, and India has just been divided into two countries. Nisha’s situation is particularly difficult because her father is Hindi and her mother was Muslim. Nisha’s mother died giving birth to her and her twin brother, Amil. On Nisha’s birthday, she is given a diary in purple and red silk. Nisha writes letters to her mother in her diary that chronicle their heartbreaking and perilous flight. At one point, Nisha fears that they will all die from dehydration. Will she and her family make it to India safely?