The Island of Diamonds
YA Contemporary Retelling Jewish Folktalke
Seventeen-year-old Alevia Pollock knows better than to believe in miracles. But when her Bubby gives her a rare ticket to the secret Island of Diamonds, a mythical island rumored to be covered in natural gems ready for the taking, she’s forced to reconsider. The ticket grants Alevia a one-month stay to collect as many diamonds as possible and return a multi-millionaire. Even though she’s pretty sure the whole thing is a scam, her family desperately needs the money: Dad’s business is going under, her parents are getting a divorce, and they can’t afford the care Bubby needs for her dementia.
Despite every ounce of Alevia’s better judgment, she decides to trust her cute but infuriating island guide, Matteo, and venture off to a world more beautiful than her wildest imagination. But there’s a dark underbelly to the island. Many islanders fear mass discovery and have become wary of foreigners. Some will stop at nothing to keep Alevia from returning home with the fortune she needs to save her family.
Or from returning home at all
A Dumplin’ style spin on a Dear Evan Hansen story of grief, love, and overcoming the past...if you subtract characters breaking spontaneously into song and add a whole bunch more dead people.
Sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Quinn-Zislowsky has come a long way since her sister died a couple years ago. She’s shoved grief aside by focusing on her anonymous Instagram account, Kicked The Bucket List, where she posts about fulfilling the last wishes of the newly dead. The Kicker? Her followers know that each last wish is pulled from one of Mack’s nightly dreams about real life people who recently croaked.
One night Mackenzie doesn’t write about someone dropping dead. She posts that she saw her old crush, Colton Reyes, contemplating suicide.
Determined to help Colton realize that there are parts of life worth living for, Mackenzie drags him along for Kicked The Bucket List escapades. However, Mack tells Colton that she is just another one of the List’s many followers. If he finds out that she is the List’s creator or that she befriended him because she knows about his suicidal thoughts, she is worried she will lose him for good.
But Colton’s life isn’t the only thing Mackenzie has to worry about. As Colton and Mackenzie grow closer, Mackenzie risks having an ugly truth about the List revealed. If the secret is exposed, Mack will lose her followers, friends, and Colton: all the people that make her own life worth living.
Kicked The Bucket List
16-year-old Carina Whitaker is positive that the position she has been offered with the Life Labor Program will put an end to her family’s struggles. So when she wakes up atop a cement stage, the center of a bidding war by a crowd indifferent to her screams, she’s sure there has been some kind of terrible mistake. But after the curtain falls, Carina is dragged into an underground trafficking ring to be beaten, broken, and humiliated into understanding that her struggles have only just begun.
Obsessed with plans to ditch his psycho family, Samiel Torrez doesn’t give a damn about the whispers surrounding the questionably legal business of Lifecycle Acquirement. That is until Carina shows up in his room. Now, Sam will have to decide if he is willing to risk his one shot at escape to save the girl he’s come to care about from the worst captor he knows: his mother.
THE LUXURY RUN is told in alternating first person points of view and combines the fast-paced action of Marie Lu’s Legend with the heart-wrenching truth behind Patricia McCormick’s Sold. Written with series potential, THE LUXURY RUN will bring readers into the minds of real teens in third world countries and reveal the sacrifices they are forced to make when safety is not a luxury they can afford.
The Luxury Run
YA Near Future Dystopian