Young Adult Fiction Festival

Young adult fiction captures the imagination of readers of all ages. You won’t want to miss this festival featuring some of the most exciting YA stars in the Pacific Northwest! Join us for a celebration of books and writing, we'll have free snacks all day, and free pizza 12:30. Five authors will be presenting a reading (Jeremiah Franklin @ 11:30am, Elliot Reed @ 12:15 pm, Will Ritter @ 1pm, Connie King Leonard @1:45, and Kristina Bak @ 2:30), but all authors will be available from 12-3 to sign books, chat, and answer your questions.

When Lily was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily's odds of inheriting the disease are even worse than she thought. When a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Lily can't abandon the calf and Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf's life. When Elephants Fly is a fast paced novel about threading the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, mental illness, and elephants into an engaging story. Nancy Richardson Fischer lives in Hood River, OR.

With elegant, poetic, and descriptive writing, Shea Ernshaw delivers a captivating tale that is both suspenseful and enchanting in The Wicked Deep. Think Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meet the Salem With trials with this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge. The Swan Sisters are beautiful and alluring, and every summer they return to the rocky beaches of Oregon tto exact revenge on the town that killed them for witchcraft more than 200 years ago. Shea Ernshaw lives in Bend, OR.

In Sleeping in my Jeans, sixteen-year-old Mattie Rollins has life all figured out… until her plans crumble after first becoming homeless, forcing her family to live in the confines of their beat-up station wagon, Ruby, and then the mysterious disappearance of her mother. Mattie and her kid sister must learn how to live—not just survive—in their uncertain circumstances while racing to discover the truth behind their mother’s disappearance. Connie King Leonard writes with straightforward prose and great empathy.

Whether you know his work well, or have never been introduced, we know you’ll love the opportunity to meet Will Ritter and the chance to know a little more about R.F. Jakcaby and his investigative partner Abigail Rook. Jackaby (Book #1) opens with Abigail Rook, newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, when she meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings, and a serial killer on the loose. By The Dire King (Book #4), the fate of the world is in the hands of Jackaby and Abigail, an evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, and romances are deepening all around. This Sherlock Holmes meets Dr Who series is brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre and makes the perfect tale for long trips over Spring Break or Summer. Will Ritter lives in Eugene, OR.

In Dark Tomorrow: Rise of the Crow, a deadly virus has decimated most of Earth's population and16-year-old Sawyer Bradshaw finds he is both immune and alone in a world that has descended into violent chaos. Armed with only his estranged father's shotgun, and an unrelenting desire to stay alive, Sawyer discovers that he not only has an uncanny knack for cheating death, but also for taking lives. It's not long before he meets his match in a fierce and cunning teenage girl named Sara. They soon realize that love, betrayal, and death tend to walk hand in hand. Jeremiah Jimenez lives in Bend, OR and is a teacher at Mountain View High School.

A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest. In a glossary-style list, he imparts his particular wisdom on subjects ranging from ASPHALT PATHS, BETTA FISH, and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL, NIHILISM, and REVELATION. His improbable quest—to create a reference volume specific to his existence—takes him on a journey down the river by raft (see MYSTICAL VISION, see NAVIGATING BIG RIVERS BY NIGHT). He seeks to discover how his mother died (see ABSENCE) and find reasons for his father’s disappearance (see UNCERTAINTY, see VANITY). But as he goes about defining his changing world, all kinds of extraordinary and wonderful things happen to him. Unlocking an earnest, clear-eyed way of thinking that might change your own, A Key to Treehouse Living is a story about keeping your own record straight and living life by a different code. Elliot Reed lives in Spokane, WA.

In Nowever, high school misfit Stevie juggles secrets-her haunting visions, her uncanny gift, a confusing relationship that might be love-and searches halfway around the world for her lost dad. Two shocking deaths lead her with unlikely allies deep into crocodile-ridden Australian bush, where she uncovers alarming truths about her family and herself. Back home in Seattle she's rocked by new revelations. Kristine Bak lives in Bend, OR and is a regular member of the Roundabout Books Not Your Average Book Club.


Event date: 
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
900 NW Mt Washington Dr
Suite 110
Bend, OR 97703