Yesterday was Pioneer Day, celebrating Brigham Young arriving in the Salt Lake Valley. There are so many wonderful YA authors from Utah, that we had to celebrate an extra day.
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum. Abby's life is textbook perfect, until an Italian exchange student shows up and has her questioning everything. It's not just the chemistry between them, but the fact that time literally stops when they're together. The first in a trilogy, follow it with The Golden Spiral. Magnum lives in Taylorsville.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. When Kendra and Seth arrive at their grandparents for the summer, they find that Grandpa has a series of odd rules. It turns out that their grandparents run a refuge for mythical creatures. The rules now make sense, but that doesn't make them easier to follow. The first in a series, follow it with Rise of the Evening Star. Mull lives in Utah.
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain. Daniel disappeared 3 years ago. When he reappears, pastor's daughter Grace finds herself drawn to him. But the night he disappeared, she found her brother covered in blood, and Jude doesn't want her to have anything to do with Daniel. The first in a series, follow it with The Lost Saint. Despain lives in Salt Lake City.
Variant by Robinson Wells. Benson's excited to go to boarding school. But then he discovers there are no adults, but you can still get detention. But at this school, you never come back from detention. So why is Benson the only one trying to escape? Follow it with Feedback. Wells lives in Holladay, Utah.
Partials by Dan Wells. The Partials look human, but they're not, and they manufactured a virus that's wiped out most of the human race. Kira is a medic trainee, trying to discover why the Partials are immune, but human babies are born with the virus. It's the only was to save the human race. The first in a series, follow it with Fragments. Dan Wells and Robinson Wells (above) are brothers. Dan lives in Utah.
Bright Blue Miracle by Becca Wilhite. Leigh is a senior in high school and happy with her family (a mom and little sisters), her room, and most of all her best friend (a boy.) She's not ready to share them, but when her mom remarries and Betsy, a fellow senior, becomes her step-sister and moves in, she's going to have to. Wilhite lives in Herber City, Utah.
Possession by Elana Johnson. Vi is determined to not let The Thinkers do the thinking for her. This brings her the notice of the rebellion, who wnats to recruit her. It also brings her to the notice of The Thinkers, who think she should become one of them.
Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison. Harrison retells the story of Tristan and Isolde, this time set in high school. But despite the modern setting, key elements still remain-- love potions and evil serpents that are intent on hunting Izzie down. Harrison lives outside of Herber City, Utah.
Swoon at Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter. Polly is done with boys, determined to spend the summer working on herself. Luckily, her grandmother, who writes the Miss Swoon advice column is moving in and can give Polly advice. But grandma doesn't let her age stop her from picking up cute guys at the book store, and how can concentrate on herself when her boss is her ex-boyfriend and her job at a water park means she's surrounded by cute guys-- cute guys without shirts on? Salter lives in Utah.
Who are your favorite Utah authors?
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