Books

 

WHAT WE BURIED (Henry Holt, February 2019)

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DO YOU EVER JUST WANT TO BE BELIEVED?

SIBLINGS LIV AND JORY BREWER have grown up resenting each other. Liv–former pageant queen and reality TV star–was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother, Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.

Now, Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the verdict, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling. . . which is true.

What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.

Told from the split viewpoints of Liv and Jory, What We Buriedis a psychological thrill ride that deftly explores how memories can lie, how time can bend, and how reconciling the truth can be a matter of life and death.

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For release February 2019

 

 

 

WINTERKILL trilogy (Amulet/Faber & Faber Ltd.)

 

WINTERKILL: Book 1

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IN THE WOODS OUTSIDE EMMELINE’S SETTLEMENT, a powerful enemy lurks, one that wiped out much of the population generations ago. Inside the walls, Emmeline is watched for Waywardness—the rule-breaking behavior that sent her grandmother to her death.
Emmeline knows she shouldn’t go into the woods or seek answers to the questions no one will ask. When one of the settlement leaders asks for her hand, she could wipe the slate clean, ridding herself and her family of the Stain of her grandma’s crimes.
But there’s something out in the woods…and it’s calling to her.
“An engrossing romance, set against a chillingly vivid repressive society. WINTERKILL will haunt you.”– Julie Berry, author of Carnegie-shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me
 “Emmeline’s lyrical, deliberate first-person narrative builds deepening suspense as debut author Boorman cultivates an eerie atmosphere . . . . the promise of forthcoming volumes should keep antsy readers at bay.”—BOOKLIST
“Boorman’s frontier may be the stuff of myth, but her protagonist speaks directly and powerfully to a young adult experience.” —PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

COUNCIL HAS FALLEN. THE THAW IS here. The world outside Emmeline’s fortification awaits. Urged on by her dreams, Emmeline sets out with her new friend Matisa and her beloved Kane, venturing into exhilarating wilderness, into freedom, into the unknown.
Into danger.
The secret that has secured peace for Matisa’s people for generations has been compromised. Newcomers are arriving, laying claim to the land and bringing unimagined horrors. Emmeline vows to help Matisa warn her people, but with new perils at every turn and the enemy closing in, she finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Forsake the friend who saved her life or abandon the boy she loves.
“A philosophical, ruminative adventure.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS

HEARTFIRE: Book 3

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EMMELINE AND HER FRIENDS have arrived in the safety of Matisa’s valley. But trouble has followed.
Matisa’s people, once protected from a sickness that deterred newcomers, are now dying from the disease. Worse, Dominion soldiers are arriving with brutal weapons, claiming the land as their own. They’re also desperate for a cure.
To regain their upper hand and negotiate peace, Emmeline and Matisa must discover a new remedy for the sickness—fast. But their dreams reveal an unexpected path: they must return to the stifling settlement Emmeline was so desperate to leave.
With war on the horizon and dangers closing in, Emmeline must confront her past and risk her life to secure the future that burns in her heart.
“The theme of acceptance among different types of people in order to attain peace is strong, clear, and never more relevant.”— SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL