This month, Christine Grabowski, a fellow Wild Rose Press Author, is celebrating the 6-month book birthday of Dickensen Academy. It’s been an exciting six months. Here are a few of the highlights.
~ Over 100 positive reviews
~ January release of the audio book
~ #1 New Release on Amazon in Children’s Coming of Age Fantasy (Sept. 2018)
~ 2018 International Digital Awards Winner, 3rd place YA
~ 2019 Chanticler Paranormal Book Awards Semi-Finalist for Supernatural Fiction (Finalists will be selected in April)
~ Selected for 2018 SCBWI Recommended Reading List
To celebrate Christine has created a Rafflecopter to win a $15 gift card to Amazon. (See the link below to enter.)
Dickensen Academy – a Young Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Amazon Rating: 4.7-star rating based on 75 reviews
Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.
“I feel like there’s something big we don’t know about. Something those students were protecting. I mean, really, why are we here?”
I thought it was just me who was confused. “Well…the recruiters said we’re creative and focused.”
“Yeah, that’s what Principal Locke said too.”
“And we have the right personality.”
Ben looked up at the sky, sighed then turned toward the forest. “What did he say…something about how it will soon become clear why we’re here, and there’s some ultimate purpose for our creativity?”
“I know. That whole creativity part was a bit bizarre.”
He shrugged. “It seems everyone is going with the flow. But I have so many questions.” Then he touched my arm to stop me, so I turned toward him. “I’m thinking they’re isolating us for some special reason,” he admitted in an embarrassed tone.
I tried not to laugh—he was acting paranoid. But I didn’t know Ben well. Maybe he was joking, trying to freak me out. Or was he hitting on me? The flutter in my chest moved to my stomach. I was already anxious about being away from home and whether or not I could hack the academics. I didn’t need to obsess about anything else. But I still had to know about Ben’s dream.
“So…I also had a dream about Dickensen before I accepted the offer.”
Ben’s head snapped toward me. “You did?”
Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.
When she isn’t reading or writing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.
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THANK YOU, CHRISTINE!!