Cross space and time with YA authors Beth Revis, Alan Gratz, Myra McEntire, and Jeri Smith-Ready when they come to Wellesley Books to share their stories, take questions from fans, and sign books. Venture to the outer reaches of our galaxy in a far future or the terror of our own planet’s history (and other places in between!)
To enter the signing line you must have purchased a copy of Shades of Earth, Prisoner B-3087, Infinityglass, Shine, or pre-order a copy of This Side of Salvation from Wellesley Books. Please be prepared to show proof of purchase. Can’t make it to the event? Call 781-431-1160 to reserve a personalized book by the visiting author(s).
Beth Revis was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina. Despite being a complete over-achiever and teacher’s pet in high school, she often wrote short stories instead of taking notes during classes. This habit persisted into college, except the stories became novels.
Beyond writing, Beth loves to travel. She and her mother are in a race to visit the most states (Beth is currently at 41, her mother has 47). Beth does have her mother beat on most foreign countries visited: Beth has ten, her mother has nine. Beth’s favorite foreign city is London — she did her study abroad at the University of London — but Malta will always hold a special place in her heart as it was the first foreign nation she visited. Before she dies, Beth wants to see Jerusalem, the Great Wall of China, and the Pyramids of Giza.
Beth currently lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and her dog, one of which is her best friend, and the other is her second-best friend. She spends too much time reading and writing, and nowhere near enough time cleaning the house.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Shades of Earth, the final volume in the New York Times Bestselling Across the Universe Series, is finally here! Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Ruled by chaos. Now it’s time to come home. But life on Centauri-Earth is far from perfect. Threats from the planet and from within the colony are tearing them apart, although Elder and Amy do all they can to keep it together. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed — friends, family, life on Earth — will have been meaningless.
Myra McEntire knows the words to every R&B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in Nashville, the country music capital of America, her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated. She’s chosen, instead, to channel her “mad word skills” into creating stories.
She’s an avid Doctor Who fan and will argue passionately about which incarnation is the best.
Author of Hourglass, Timepiece, and Infinityglass.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The stakes have risen even higher in Infinityglass, the third book in the Hourglass series.
The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time travelers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.
With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.
But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn’t an object. It’s a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
Alan Gratz is the author of a number of books for young readers, including Samurai Shortstop (ALA’s 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults), and The Brooklyn Nine (Booklist‘s Top Ten Sports Books and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth in 2010). His latest novel is the based-on-a-true story Holocaust novel Prisoner B-3087. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Alan is now a full-time writer living in Western North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at www.alangratz.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Survive. At any cost. Yanek Gruener is a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland when the Nazis invade. Everything he has and everyone he loves is brutally taken from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner, his arm tattooed with the number B-3087.
Forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another as World War II rages around him, Yanek encounters evil he could never have imagined — and yet finds surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror.
10 different concentration camps. 10 different encounters with death. Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will, and, most of all, his identity? Prisoner B-3087 is based on the astonishing true story of one extraordinary boy.
Jeri Smith-Ready is a prolific writer of novels for adults and young adults. In Shine, the dramatic conclusion to her popular paranormal Shade trilogy, tragedy spikes a worldwide fear of ghosts and Aura must do whatever she can to save her generation’s freedom — and the life of the boy she loves.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Jeri’s new contemporary young adult novel, This Side of Salvation, due out in April 2014, is about one boy’s struggle not just with faith, but grief and love and family and friendship. www.jerismithready.com