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Middle Grade Titles
FOREVER NEVERLAND, just out from Random House, is about what happens when Peter comes to take you to Neverland. Told in two voices, Clover, twelve, and her autistic brother Fergus, eleven, discover they are descended from Wendy Darling and set off with Peter Pan for adventures in Neverland.
“Adrian does an exemplary job of creating complex and compelling characters out of the sibling protagonists—who alternate narration duties—so that readers are thoroughly invested in their journeys before Peter whisks them away. Fergus’ autism is deftly woven into the narrative and the siblings’ relationship….A magical ode to childhood that updates the classic while keeping its flavor.”
“Adrian’s exciting tale contains familiar Neverland elements, but the addition of mythology (a passion of Fergus’) injects a fun and interesting new element. The viewpoint alternates in chapters between Clover and Fergus, providing insight into the worries, fears, and growth of both realistic protagonists. A fresh and worthy Neverland update for today’s young readers.”
“Susan Adrian has painted the landscape of Neverland with a fresh brush for a new generation. It's a wonderful story of sibling bonds and facing fears.”
—Sally J. Pla, award-winning author of THE SOMEDAY BIRDS and STANLEY WILL PROBABLY BE FINE
“Susan Adrian’s glowing new take on the realm of Peter Pan is the perfect setting for the story of Clover and Fergus, whose wonderfully messy big-sis-and-little-bro relationship is at the heart of Forever Neverland. They do indeed go on a very big adventure, and they’ll steal your heart along the way.”
—Mike Jung, author of UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT
“Fergus is one of the best representations of autism in middle grade literature. The subtle truths of being autistic are peppered throughout this thoroughly engaging adventure, which makes this beautiful book so very special…A must purchase for all children who love magic and adventure, especially those who have longed to see someone like Fergus on the page.”
—Lizzie Huxley-Jones, editor of STIM
Young Adult Series
Read the story of how TUNNEL VISION was written, a guest post on Nova Ren Suma's blog: The Tunnel at the End of the Darkness.
PRAISE FOR TUNNEL VISION
TUNNEL VISION was named an Honor Book in the 2015 Montana Book Awards!
TUNNEL VISION was selected as one of VOYA magazine's 2014 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Books for Teens!!
TUNNEL VISION was nominated as a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers!
"An exciting plot paired with a sympathetic protagonist makes for a roller-coaster adventure that asks some big moral questions: Is it ethical to tunnel into another person’s mind, even to do good? Which is more important, the individual or the country? The action moves at a quick pace that fans of adventure fiction will appreciate while still leaving room for deeper contemplation. Danger, intrigue, a dash of romance, and a good, hard look at ethical dilemmas—a pretty complete package. —Kirkus Reviews (full review)
"Debut author Adrian offers a refreshing spin on the suspenseful spy novel with brisk scenes, adrenaline-fueled cliffhangers, and a sympathetic protagonist. There is much to savor in this thriller.” —Publisher’s Weekly
"Jake Lukin has a secret talent: if he holds an object that belongs to a person, he can instantaneously "tunnel" to that person—envisioning them physically, pinpointing their location, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel. After Jake reveals his skill at a high school party, he quickly finds himself on the run from government agents who would harness his talents for their own purposes. This YA novel is a heart-racing thriller set at full throttle from the opening page, and it never decelerates. Fans of Cory Doctorow and Anthony Horowitz will consume this title with a passion and will excitedly anticipate a sequel."—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL, School Library Journal
“Adrian has crafted a tension-packed spy novel about a likable teen with a special power and his equally likable family and friends. Twists of plot, kids outsmarting the bad guys, and a relatively low-tech but fascinating superpower ratchet up the action to a bizarre conclusion that begs a sequel. With a grandfather that would make Richard Peck or Joan Bauer proud, and government goons, male and female, who morph between good and evil with a single look or comment, this is a must-read.” —Booklist
"Tunnel Vision is a high-impact, fast-paced spy novel that explores the ever-present governmental conflict of questionable acts justifying the greater good. Jake’s character proves relatable with its portrayal of a normal eighteen-year-old senior in high school, worrying about such typical teenage things as college, sports, friends, and girls. The in-depth plot focuses on deception and conspiracy, with a hint of romance....more advanced readers will find the intricate plot engaging and intriguing. The author develops comprehensive characters that help build suspense with each scene. The well-written, unpredictable plot, coupled with strong male and female characters, make this novel a must-have for teachers and librarians." --VOYA magazine
"Thrilling, emotional, and fast-paced, Tunnel Vision proves once again the responsibility and difficult choices that ride alongside special powers. Jake's secret talent will grab you and suck you in right from the beginning." —Julie Cross, international bestselling author of Tempest
“Tunnel Vision is a fantastic debut combining the spy genre with compelling characters, heartfelt relationships, and the struggles of a teen boy in way over his head. This is an exciting story that kept me guessing all the way to the end!” —S.J. Kincaid, author of the Insignia series
“An exciting mix of thriller, espionage and super powers, Tunnel Vision is sure to please even the most reluctant reader. Jake will quickly grab a place in your heart as you turn each page with anticipation.” —Lish McBride, author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
"Very compelling and un-put-downable; a terrific story!" —Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author of Bone Crossed
NUTCRACKED, out now, is the story of 12-year-old Georgie, who has always dreamed of being Clara in The Nutcracker...but when it finally happens, it's not at all what she imagined. Every time Georgie dances with the Nutcracker doll, she leaves the ballet studio and enters a world where everything around her—the old wooden furniture, the Christmas tree, the carefully wrapped presents—is larger than life. It’s so magical, Georgie can’t wait to return again and again.
Then the Nutcracker’s magic seeps into the real world, putting Georgie’s friend in danger. Everything is falling apart, and it’s almost Christmas! Can Georgie save her friend, the Nutcracker, and most of all, herself?
"It’s like this book was made to be read by the glow of colorful lights hanging from a Christmas tree." --yayomg.com
"A great new look at the annual family tradition of seeing The Nutcracker ballet."--Booklist
"An engaging adventure for believers in magic as well as for fans of the ballet."--The Horn Book
"Georgie is a strong and believable character, and her relationship with her parents is endearing."--School Library Journal
"Adrian further blurs the line between reality and fantasy in The Nutcracker."--Publisher's Weekly
Order NUTCRACKED now! Or pre-order the paperback, out October 2019!
The sequel to TUNNEL VISION, THE DARK AT THE END, is available now! This is the final book in the series.
Jake thinks he has only one more step and he'll be free: he just has to meet with Vladimir, his grandfather's Russian friend, and get the serum to stop his power for good. But when they get to Florida Vladimir is dead, and there's no sign of the serum. Then someone takes Myka and his mom. With the government and the terrifying Mr. Smith still after him while he has his power, he doesn't have anywhere to turn.
What will Jake do to get his mom and little sister back?