Charlesbridge Unplugged #14: Young Adult Panel

Today we’re talking to not one author but THREE about their young adult books for our teen imprint CharlesbridgeTEEN. We’re excited to have Tracy Barrett (

Charlesbridge Unplugged – Charlesbridge Unplugged #14: YA Panel

About the Books:


Select Few:
After rejecting the cult-like influence of her father’s family, Julia moves into a fancy hotel in downtown Austin. But she finds herself alone except for her boyfriend John—and her fears. Once again she’s suppressing her abilities, afraid her family will come for John when they find out he’s been developing abilities of his own. The FBI is also keeping a close eye on Julia, hoping she can lead them to her father, Novak.

With tensions high, Julia and John agree to go their separate ways for the summer, paving the way for Julia to reunite with Angus, a fellow outcast. Together they set out on a road trip to California to find Julia’s mom and a way into Novak’s secret underground world. Along the way Julia will learn that the Puri aren’t the only humans evolving into something different . . . and that maybe she’s the leader her people have needed all along.

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Twice Dead:
Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination—a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes inscribed on the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue in service to Lucia, the necromancer who raised her from the dead. But the circumstances of her resurrection are mysterious and sinister. Naya never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder, nor did she expect to fall in love with the young man she is destined to betray.

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Freefall Summer:
Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been “the good girl.” Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy’s father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad’s rules and her boyfriend’s protectiveness, she’s longing for an escape this summer. Then she meets Denny.

Denny is a new skydiving student and college freshman. Clancy lets Denny think they’re the same age—and that she’s old enough to make decisions for herself. But the lies snowball, relationships are damaged, and suddenly Clancy isn’t the person she wants to be. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so—maybe forever.

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About the Authors:
Marit Weisenberg received her BA in English from Bowdoin College and her Master’s Degree from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television. She has worked in film and television development at Warner Brothers, Universal, and Disney. She lives in Austin with her husband and two daughters. Visit Marit online here.

Caitlin Seal is a writer and compulsive reader living in Northern California. She graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International Politics and Economics, and quickly learned that she preferred making up her own governments to working with real ones. When she isn’t writing, Caitlin GMs tabletop games, practices aikido, and hunts for portals in old wardrobes. She started writing when she was six. Twice Dead, the first novel in the Necromancer’s Song series, is her debut novel. Visit Caitlin online here.

Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can reads lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes. Visit Tracy online here.

Monica Perez, Executive Editor, has edited children’s books for all ages but she has a special love for the YA novel. She has worked with authors such as Tracy Barrett, Marit Weisenberg, Caitlin Seal, Mark London Williams, Lauren Mechling, and Thomas Yeahpau. She is excited to be part of CharlesbridgeTEEN’s mission to present readers with new and memorable ideas in our fast-evolving world. Find her on Twitter @mperezpublish and @charlesbridgeya.

Show Notes:
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