The following  five books are fine examples of young adult literature. We hope you’ll take the time to read over what the authors have  to say about their work, and to leave a comment in the visitor’s space below. And if you have written a YA book (no more than PG-13 rating) aimed at ‘tweens and older, please visit our page “Guidelines” to send us your submission. We have slots open in July and beyond.

Author Name: Suzanne de Montigny

Book Title: The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacytheshadowoftheunicorn200x300 (2)new


Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns’ horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of wealth – even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to outsmart Ishmael before it’s too late.


The little dinosaur stood as though baffled, staring up and down at the three. “So it’s happening? The world’s going to change now?” he asked, still breathing hard.

Azaria frowned at his mysterious words.

“What do you mean, Darius?” asked Polaris.

Darius’ eyes grew glazed. “I keep dreaming the world is different.”

Maresa spoke up. “He gets this look in his eyes, and then he’s gone.  We can’t talk to him because he doesn’t hear us. And when he comes to, he tells these strange tales.”

“What sort of tales?” Polaris asked.

“Tell him, Darius.” Maresa nudged her baby with her giant muzzle.

The little dinosaur sat on his haunches and began. “Well, there will be a cloud over everything, and most of the plants will disappear. A lot of animals will die too. But there’ll be new animals to replace them, creatures that walk on two legs like the Rexus. One of them, the Ishmael, will be most dangerous.”

Polaris locked eyes with Saul, but not a word was exchanged. He turned back to Darius.

“How will we know when all of this will begin?” he asked.

“I don’t know when…just soon,” said Darius.


Suzanne de Montigny wrote her first unicorn story at the age of twelve. Several years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with unicorns. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, is her first novel. Suzanne lives in Burnaby, B.C. with the three loves of her life – her husband and two boys.

Publisher:  Muse It Up Publishing.

Artist: Marion Sipe

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Author name: Karen Prince

Title of book: Switch!Switch3Dcover


Trouble is brewing in the secret African rift valley of Karibu. A rascally witch and her leopard use magic to avoid execution by switching places with a boy from the outside world. When his cousin inadvertently absorbs all her power by administering CPR, it leaves her too weak to switch back again.

As smart as he is, Ethan is totally inept in the bush, but with his dubious new-found powers and his strange bond with the leopard he embarks on a treacherous journey into the wilderness to find and rescue his cousin before he is enslaved by the cruel and selfish Almoha tribe.


Gogo Maya was usually prepared to put up with quite a lot of pain provide it was not happening to her. Lying on her side, amongst the wet leaf mould on the jungle floor, in considerable pain, she pretended to be asleep. It was not that easy. Covered in bites and bruises, she felt as if she had been hauled backwards up a waterfall, and her hair felt as if it had been pulled out by the roots. It very nearly had. She had found her amulet at last; only, she was lying on it, so it dug painfully into her left buttock.

The feather light tickling sensation on her face turned out to be ants swarming over the mango pip, which was still jammed in her mouth. Her jaw hurt. It took all of her willpower to repress a spasm of revulsion, but it would not do to let her captors know she was awake till she knew what they intended to do with her.

Keeping her body perfectly still, she reached out to touch the minds nearby. Her first impression was of a very high-pitched buzz. That would be the ants, she thought, not stopping to delve any deeper, she would not be able to understand them anyway.

The second wave of thoughts she infiltrated came from the trees overhead and were just…well…nasty.


Karen Prince was raised on a wildlife farm in Zimbabwe. It was a perfect childhood for someone who always wanted to become a writer. Between searching for wild dogs and other dangerous creatures on horseback and cooling off in the nearby dam—occupied by at least one crocodile—it is a wonder she survived.

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Author Name: Katie  L. Carroll

Title of Book:  Elixir BoundElixir_Bound_200x300


Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone. For it is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings who will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.


Pop’s words came in a hurry. “Even though the Elixir has largely remained a secret, there are several very important beings and others close to this family who know of it. Some are human, but others are greater than human, like Mother Nature and her offspring. These beings use the weather to communicate. Sometimes it’s not very clear what they mean, but I believe the snowstorm arriving as the supply of Elixir dwindles is a message from the Great Mother that we need to stock up.”

Katora’s breaths came in shallow puffs. She realized Pop stared at her with concerned eyes. She silently cursed herself for making such a spectacle.

“I know this is a lot to take in,” he said. “I have a little more to tell you right now. My business partners outside of Tussar have reported unrest throughout the Great Peninsula. There are things stirring in this world, things that I have no control over, and I believe they are going to spin out of control sometime in the near future. When that happens, there will be a dire need for the Elixir. There’s so much I can’t control, but the future of the Elixir is in my power right now.”

Pop stopped in front of Katora, placed his hands on her shoulders, and looked her straight in the eyes for the second time that night. Katora knew what was coming, but she held her breath, hoping maybe she was wrong, maybe she had more time before this responsibility fell on her shoulders.

“Katora, you are next in line to be guardian of the Elixir. Its future is in your control.”


Katie L. Carroll began writing after her 16-year-old sister unexpectedly passed away. Writing was a way for Katie to help her sister live on in the pages of a story. She is the author of the YA fantasy Elixir Bound (MuseItUp Publishing) and the picture app The Bedtime Knight (MeeGenius!).

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Cover artist: C.K. Volnek

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Author name: Marva Dasef

Title of book: Faizah’s DestinyFaizah's Destiny 2x3


The village magician has gone missing. His students search for him, but are caught up in a war between the forces of light and dark. The magician’s best student, Faizah, is chosen by Anahita, the goddess of light, to lead the humans into battle on the side of good. Can a simple farm girl stave off Armageddon?


Anahita’s gaze lowered. “Many no longer believe in us, the gods and goddesses. As their belief wanes, so does our influence in the world. I, my husband, Ahura, my brother and sister goddesses, none of us are as strong as we once were. There are those, like your Master Wafai, who serve us still, and so we retain some of our strength. Even you doubted our existence, but your hope that we were real allows me to appear to you.”

“I’m sorry I ever doubted, Goddess,” Faizah whispered. “What must I do? Is it right that we go first to find the Simurgh, or should we be doing something else?”

“So many questions!” Anahita’s musical laugh drifted across the water. In the distance, a peacock’s raucous shriek seemed to answer her. “Listen, my pet calls to me,” she said. Then her smile faded, and her eyes mirrored the seriousness in her voice.

“Know this, Faizah. I will protect you as much as I can and lend you what assistance I am able. Even so, your success or failure depends on you. Your own wits and your own strength are far more important than any aid I may give you.”

Faizah trembled at the thought that a goddess would depend on her for anything. “Who opposes us?”

“Dev, for one. He relishes the darkness. Darkness begets ignorance, and ignorance begets folly.”

“Dev?” A cold chill ran down Faizah’s back. “The god of war? He is against us? Master Wafai said Dev plots the final war that will destroy the world!”

“This is true. Now you see why it is so important that you succeed in your task.”

Faizah took a deep breath. This was serious. “What else can you tell me? Will we have to face Dev? We’re not heroes. We’re kids. How can we fight a god?”


Marva Dasef lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two ungrateful cats. Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction and finds it a much more satisfying occupation. Marva has published more than forty stories in a number of on-line and print magazines, with several included in Best of anthologies. She has several published books, including six since 2011 with MuseItUp Publishing.


Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Cover Artist: C.K. Volnek

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Author Name: Barbara Ehrentreu

Title of Book: If I Could Be Like Jennifer TaylorICBLJTaylor 200x300


Carolyn Samuels, obsessed with the idea of being popular, is convinced the only thing keeping her from happiness is her too heavy for fashion body and not being a cheerleader. Hyperventilating when she gets nervous doesn’t help. When she is paired for a Math project with Jennifer Taylor who tormented her in middle school, she is sure it is going to be another year of pain. Carolyn’s crush on Jennifer’s hunky Junior quarterback Brad doesn’t help. Carolyn learns Jennifer has a secret. Will she keep it and become popular and a cheerleader or the target of this mean girl again?


I spot him walking toward my locker with a small box in one hand and a plastic fork in the other. My Crush! He hands me the box, and I open it. Inside is a piece of luscious chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I look up into his blue eyes and give him the box so I can touch his cheek as I smooth his dark hair.

“You always know just what I like.”

He smiles and feeds me a forkful of cake. I don’t have to worry about eating it because I can eat anything I want and not gain weight. He places the cake box in my locker so he can put his arms around me.

The first bell rings in my ears. I ignore it because I’m thin and blonde and floating in the arms of my dark-haired crush. The other cheerleaders run up to us laughing and kidding around, and I’m about to speak. The ringing gets louder.

The dream evaporates, and I realize it’s the darn alarm piercing my sleep. Slamming my fist onto the snooze button, I get this nagging feeling. Then I remember. I have something to do. Worse luck, I have to do it, not as the slender blonde beauty in my dream, but as the real Carolyn Samuels with my brown curly hair hanging like shriveled spaghetti, mud brown eyes, and a body too large for fashion.

I see my new book bag is packed and ready by the door with the initials C. S. in blue, my favorite color. Suddenly it hits me, and I get this dizzy let-me-plop-on-the-pillow feeling. Freshman year of high school— first day. My brain is ready, but my body isn’t. Jennifer will be there. Math class and Jennifer; gym class with Jennifer. My body curls into a fetal position, and I throw the covers over my head. Don’t faint Carolyn, I tell myself, panting.


Barbara is the author of If I Could Be Like Jennifer Taylor, published by MuseItUp Publishing. She also writes poetry and is in several anthologies. Her blog is Barbara’s Meanderings: . She lives in Stamford, CT and hosts RRWL Tales from the Pages every 4th Thursday.

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing Co.

Cover Artist: Kaytalin Platt

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