New Voice: Christian McKay Heidicker on Cure for the Common Universe

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Christian McKay Heidicker is the first-time author of Cure for the Common Universe (Simon & Schuster, 2016). From the promotional copy:

Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab…ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.

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New Voice: Trina St. Jean on Blank

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By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Trina St. Jean is the first-time author of Blank (Orca, 2015). From the promotional copy:

All Jessica knows is what the Man and Woman in the hospital room tell her:


She’s fifteen.


Thanks to a bison bull in a rage one Very Bad Day on the family ranch,

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