Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
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About The Book:
Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
I received my PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, I now live in Cedar Falls, Iowa with my husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and our two young daughters. I’m an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and the Program Director of Creative Writing. I teach creative writing, composition, and literature classes. One of the really fun classes I teach is Adolescent Lit, where we read some of my favorite authors: Lois Lowry, S.E. Hinton, Robert Cormier, Laurie Halse Anderson, Walter Dean Myers. I change this list up a lot by adding new releases and various titles just to keep things interesting. Because I don’t have enough to do (ha ha), I also make soap, lotion, and lip balm with my partner Rachel under the name Semisweet Soaps. We sell our products locally, raising money for Type 1 diabetes research.
Editor: Lily Kessinger, HMH
Represented by: Adam Schear, Defiore & Co.
- What is on your nightstand?
An essential oil diffuser, lip balm, lotion, my kindle, and probably some hairbands and Playmobil people my kids left there.
- What author would you totally fan?
There are a few YA authors I would fan. I love Francesca Lia Block and Robert Cormier. They have very different styles, but they both explore themes of compassion, acceptance, and empathy. In YA science fiction, Lois Lowry and Robert C. O’Brien, who wrote Z for Zachariah.
- What makes you cringe?
Spiders. And there are some words that, when I hear them used wrong, make me cringe.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
So far I’ve very much gone with the flow. I enjoy not knowing exactly where the story is heading, and leaving room for surprises and mystery. When a story takes a turn that I didn’t plan or expect, those moments and scenes always end up being favorites.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I try very hard in my writing not to over-use any particular words, and if I find I’ve done so, I go through and try to mix it up. Other words I flat out try to never use (and fail sometimes, of course). For instance, the word “just” pops up constantly in my early drafts, and what I’ve found is that it can be edited out with little or no impact to the writing.
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