Teen • Austin Aslan: The Girl at the Center of the World • Amy K. Nichols: While You Were Gone

Austin Aslan and Amy K. Nichols

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Austin Aslan presents the sequel to The Islands at the End of the World, his debut teen thriller. Joining him is Amy K. Nichols, who presents While You Were Gone, her teen sci-fi novel.

In Austin Aslan's dystopian thriller and sequel to The Islands at the End of the World, The Girl at the Center of the World, Leilani and her family on the Big Island of Hawai'i face the challenge of survival in the world of the Emerald Orchid, a green presence that appeared in the sky after a global blackout. As the Hawaiian Islands go back to traditional ways of living, people must grow their own food and ration everything from gas to bullets. Medicine is scarce; a simple infection can mean death. Old tensions and new enemies emerge. And one girl, Leilani, is poised to save her world.

In Amy Nichols' second book of her Duplexity series, While You Were Gone, Eevee, an aspiring artist and daughter of Arizona's governor, and Danny, a reformed troublemaker who lives in foster care in his own world, join forces to correct a breach between parallel universes.

AUSTIN ASLAN was inspired to write The Islands at the End of the World and The Girl at the Center of the World while living with his wife and two children on the Big Island of Hawai'i, where he earned a masters degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, he can often be found exploring the wilds of northern Arizona and camping in a tent on a punctured air mattress. In other lives, Austin drove ambulances way too fast, served as an ecotourism Peace Corps Volunteer in a Honduran cloud forest, and managed a variety of local, state, and federal issue campaigns. Austin loves to travel widely, photograph nature, and laugh. Follow him on Twitter at @Laustinspace.

AMY K. NICHOLS lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children. In the evenings, she enjoys sitting outside, counting bats and naming stars. Sometimes she names the bats. Now That You're Here was her first novel, and While You Were Gone is her second.
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