Written by Christina Caniyo
Creative Team: Lauren Lowther, Makenzie Rustin, Matt Galeone, Beth Williams
Cover Design by: Maddy Willwerth
“I want to show you my world, but we have to walk through the Eye to get there.”
A slightly strange but carefree child, Kira joyfully spends her time playing with her dolls and dead things in the cellar of her grandparent’s house called the underhouse. There, she discovers a mystical boy named Angras who tells her he traveled from a far away world through a pair of colossal stone eyelids that appeared in the underhouse during her birth. Although Kira is frightened of their eerie presence and the strange pulsation that comes from them, she returns day after day to be with her best friend.
At her Grandfather’s sudden and tragic death, Kira’s mysterious father blocks the Eyes, ending her secret friendship with Angras. As the years pass, Kira remains haunted by her dreams of the Eyes and the unusual boy that her family insists was just a fantasy. As a young woman, lost in her own life and largely estranged from her father, she returns to the small bustling town in Vermont where she grew up to live with her beloved grandmother, who helps her begin to heal with chocolate and a magical ancestry.
However, being home makes her dreams worse until one day, lured by music, Kira finally returns to the underhouse, where she enters the Eyes; stumbling into a sumptuous world filled with exotic creatures, strange horrors, and her long lost Angras, But he is no longer the bubbling bright child she remembers, as a gruesome shadow spreads itself over his world. With a heavy heart, Kira quickly becomes entangled in a battle with dark forces, her feelings for Angras and the dark discovery of who her father really is.
Written by A.P. Watson
Creative Team: Melinda Elingburg, Matt Galeone, Katie Leary, Beth Williams
Cover art and layout by: Regina Wamba
Photo: ©Regina Wamba with MaeIDesign and Photography
Visions of decapitated corpses, pools of blood, and a masked executioner have haunted Evey for as long as she can remember. Torn between a life in the waking world and dreams of the dead, she realizes her normal existence is nothing more than an illusion. As the veil between reality and her subconscious dissipates, she begins to question her own sanity. Each night as she closes her eyes, she wonders what wrongs she committed to warrant such a curse.
When a handsome stranger suddenly appears in Evey’s life, he is able to provide her with the answers she seeks. However, the only thing more mystifying than Conrad’s appearance in one of her nightmares is the undeniable attraction she feels for him. It is only when he confesses their fates and souls have been intertwined for centuries that an ancient secret is revealed. Now, the two of them must outrun a great darkness or it will claim their lives again.
The 15th Chair: Book 1: The Journey
Creative Team: Katherine Gray, Katie Leary, Lauren Lowther, Billie-Jo Kearns, Tracie Schmidt, Beth Williams
Years ago the United Territories was invaded and devastated by The Armada, an advanced alien empire. They genetically altered select humans to create warriors to fight against a rival empire. One of those altereds, Adam Darvin, rebelled. Adam led a band of rebels known as The Alliance against The Armada. They won the war, but it cost Adam his life.
Three years later, the Alliance has worked to rebuild their world and can see the possibility of a brighter future. However, threats to that future are emerging. Hate groups lurk in the shadows. Ruthless politicians within the fragile new government are plotting to overthrow the current Alliance-friendly administration. And now, this still re-building world must face the possible return of The Armada in a new bid to conquer their planet. With the return of the Armada, two mysterious groups each strives to train their own hero to save their world. Only one will emerge, but will they save their world or destroy their people?
Politics, prejudice, and the return of an old enemy drive The 15th Chair’s intricate plot as its compelling characters explore themes of bravery, fear, want, self-determination, and hope.
The Champion of Clarendon Ditch: The Complete Trilogy
Written by Matt Galeone
Adam Darvin was a normal young man living in a suburb of Clarendon Ditch until the day he ‘hatched.’ In a fiery, trance-like state Adam’s incredible powers emerge and the life he knew is over in an instant. He soon discovers that he is not alone when he meets others like himself – Liam Clover and Kerri Ross – and develops deep friendships with both. Follow Adam, Liam and Kerri as they learn about their powers, discover secrets about their true enemies, and make new allies in begins as a fight for knowledge and survival and becomes an epic struggle to save their world.
The Champion of Clarendon Ditch: Book 1: The Hatching
Creative Team: Pam Huenke, Jen Katz, Billie-Jo Kearns, Tracie Schmidt, Beth Williams
Adam Darvin was a normal young man living in a suburb of Clarendon Ditch until the day he ‘hatched.’ Suddenly in a fiery trance-like state, Adam’s incredible powers emerge. The life Adam knew is over in an instant and his entire world will never be the same. Although Adam initially feels isolated by his new powers, he slowly discovers that he’s not alone. Adam meets other would-be heroes Liam Clover and Kerri Ross and develops deep friendships with both. Follow Adam, Liam, and Kerri as they learn more about their powers, discover secrets about their true enemies, and make new allies in what will begin as a fight for knowledge and survival, and soon become an epic struggle to save their world.
The Champion of Clarendon Ditch is a story about heroism, sacrifice, loneliness, leadership, and above all, friendship. It combines the excitement of a super hero comic book adventure with the heart of a character-based and relationship driven novel. With both incredible battles and quieter moments between its characters, the story is as much about super-powered good fighting to overcome an all-powerful evil, as it is about the relationships, growth, love, and loss of its heroes.
The Champion of Clarendon Ditch: Book 2: The Alliance
Pam Huenke, Jen Katz, Billie-Jo Kearns, Tracie Schmidt, Beth Williams
Adam Darvin and Kerri Ross have finally learned the truth about ACS, the organization attempting to destroy Adam’s and Kerri’s world. Adam is now desperate to rescue Kerri from ACS and ACS leader Javier’s clutches. With his friend Liam Clover and the ACS 5th Columnist Tony Jackson, Adam leads a rescue mission to save Kerri and Tony’s imprisoned allies. Meanwhile, Kerri is hardly content to sit and wait for a rescue. She faces off against ACS’s leader and attempts to battle her own way to freedom. Soon Adam and Kerri are reunited behind enemy lines. They find themselves not only fighting together to escape ACS, but also leading an unlikely alliance of altereds, interplanetary champions, and kids from Clarendon Ditch.
Adam, Kerri, and Liam continue to develop their powers and friendships as they come to terms with their roles in their new world and the war they now must join. The characters grow as they band together to cope with tragedy and battle a new threat that emerges from within ACS.
The Alliance continues the series themes of heroism, sacrifice, loneliness, leadership, and friendship with its more serious and darker tone. The scope of the action expands and the intensity of the relationships between the characters deepens. The heroes soon learn that all they have is each other, and together, they might just be all that stands in the way of ACS taking over the world. Will they be enough?
The Champion of Clarendon Ditch: Book 3: The Journey
Creative Team: Pam Huenke, Jen Katz, Billie-Jo Kearns, Tracie Schmidt, Beth Williams
Olive Anderson has conquered ACS and is close to conquering her world. All that stands in her way is a small but brave Alliance of former ACS students, 5th Columnists, and non-altered kids from Clarendon Ditch. Just as the Alliance needs to unite most, they find themselves fractured and weakened.
The 5th Columnists disperse to ignite small,disparate resistance movements in every territory. Can they effectively coordinate these movements, or will they be crushed by Olive’s armies? Liam Clover must recover from the brutal torture he endured while imprisoned by Olive. Can Liam overcome the trauma he suffered and his own self-doubt to emerge as a hero, or will he succumb to his inner demons? Kerri Ross deals with reports that ACS may have implanted a mind-control device in her that Olive could activate at any time. Will Kerri become the weapon that Olive uses to defeat the Alliance, or the hero that leads them to victory? Adam Darvin faces the reality that his powers have grown beyond what any mortal could control. Adam knows he is becoming powerful enough to destroy Olive and ACS, but he fears that as he loses control of his abilities, he may become more terrible than the enemies he fights to defeat.
Will Adam, Kerri, and Liam save their world, or become the cause of its ultimate demise?
Thrilling and heartbreaking, The Champion, Book 3 of the Champion of Clarendon Ditch series, concludes the series’ examination of heroism, sacrifice, loneliness, leadership, and friendship with tremendous adventure and heart. As the heroes’ challenges intensify, they learn that if they are to succeed, it will not be due to incredible superhuman powers, but rather because of extraordinary, but very human, character.