There have been young people who have successfully written novels before, but it's always impressive when someone who hasn't even gone to college yet produces a work of fiction that reads as if it were written by someone twice her age.
Jennifer Tokarz, a high school student, wrote Disappearing Light Hides True Evil, a young adult paranormal novel. It's about nineteen-year-old Angel and her younger sister Skye. Angel likes to tell Skye their grandfather's stories about the strange people--wizards, according to their grandfather--who live on the mountain. Then Skye suddenly disappears, and Angel sets out alone to find her. Her quest puts her in great danger, but she also finds she empathizes with a most unexpected creature. Angel also finds out a shocking truth about herself. Let's just say she's no ordinary teenage girl, but has a magic inside her she never could have guessed at.
What blew me away about Jennifer's book was not only the story, which is unlike any other young adult paranormal I've read before, but also her writing itself. Jennifer writes like I, a published novelist, couldn't until I was twice her age. It is an astonishing effort from one so young. Who says young people don't care about reading and writing anymore? Jennifer Tokarz is already on the verge of a promising writing career, and she's definitely a writer to watch out for.
Stephenie Meyer, watch your back. Marlene Perez, Rachel Vincent and all you other grown-ups who write paranormal stories for young adults and up, you've got some serious competition in this 14-year-old wonder.
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