Thirteen-year-old Aniyah comes from a long line of drill and step team members. Her mom and aunts all competed, so none of them understand why Aniyah doesn’t want to continue the tradition. But Aniyah doesn’t like attention or performing. Then Aniyah’s friend, Stacy, convinces her to give the team a try. The team dances just for fun and doesn’t compete, so there’s no pressure. Aniyah discovers Stacy is right–it is kind of fun! But just when Aniyah is starting to get into the groove, the rules change. The team decides to enter a competition. Can Aniyah overcome her fears and get on board with competition, or will she have to step away from drill team?





Mia Hernandez’s gymnastics team is nervous about the upcoming season. However, they’re encouraged when their new coach tells them that she was once a gymnast for their longtime rivals. The coach’s knowledge will be a great advantage during the season. But strange things begin to happen at the competitions. The wrong music is played during some girls’ floor exercises. Itching powder ends up in one team’s chalk. At another meet, the parallel bars fall apart while a competitor performs her routine. Someone is taking dangerous risks to cheat at the competitions. But who could it be, and why? Follow along as Mia discovers the shocking truth behind who’s been sabotaging the competition during the gymnastics season in this Jake Maddox JV Mystery.




Until now, Layla has balanced her school work and volleyball easily enough. In eighth grade, though, academic expectations are tougher. Student-athletes need at least a C average in all classes to play sports. When Layla’s dedication to volleyball puts her algebra grade at risk, her chances of making the high school freshman team next year are on the line. Can she find a way to ace her classes like she does on the court?






Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get out of bed? Not the occasional morning, but every day? Do you find yourself listening to a voice in your head that says “you’re not good enough,” “not good looking enough,” “not thin enough,” or “not smart enough”? Have you ever found yourself unable to do homework or pay attention in class unless everything is “just so” on your desk? Everyone has had days like that, but what if you have them every day?

You’re not alone. Millions of people are going through similar things. However issues around mental health still tend to be treated as something shrouded in shame or discussed in whispers. It’s easier to have a broken bone–something tangible that can be “fixed”–than to have a mental illness, and easier to have a discussion about sex than it is to have one about mental health.

Life Inside My Mind is an anthology of true-life events from writers of this generation, for this generation. These essays tackle everything from neurodiversity to addiction to OCD to PTSD and much more. The goals of this book range from providing home to those who are feeling alone, awareness to those who are witnessing a friend or family member struggle, and to open the floodgates to conversation. Participating writers include E.K. Anderson, J.L. Armentrout, Cyn Balog, Amber Benson, Francesca Lia Block, Jessica Burkhart, Crissa Chappell, Sarah Fine, Kelly Fiore, Candace Ganger, Meghan Kelley Hall, Cynthia Hand, Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, Tara Kelly, Karen Mahoney, Melissa Marr, Kim McCreight, Hannah Moskowitz, Scott Neumyer, Lauren Oliver, Aprilynne Pike, Tom Pollack, Amy Reed, Cindy L. Rodriguez, Francisco Stork, Wendy Tolliver, Rob Wells, Dan Wells, Rachel Wilson, and Sara Zarr.




A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.


  • Awesome trailer!!!! I got actual goosebumbs! Can’t wait for February 2015!!!

  • Jacqueline Gonzalez

    I bought the book today. I’m desperate to finish my shores and star reading. I watched the short video and tears came down my face cause I’m Elizabeth Davis. I will leave my comments when I star reading. Thank You!

  • Congratulations – I don’t know if you remember me, we went to high school together !! so happy for your success !! I will be buying your book on my next trip to Barnes& noble

  • Amazing webpage!!! Emily Dickinson is one of my all time favorites!

  • I read your book and i am doing a blog for school about it. The only problem is i don’t have the book with me. I forget the two boys names. Can u help me?

  • I’m doing a project on your books for school and I would like to know a few things. If Kevin and Thomas were to join activities such as clubs and sports what would they exactly be? What are their plans after high school? What book has had the greatest impact on Kevin and Thomas?

  • Hi, I just checked out your book from the library today, and tore through it. It was a beautifully written book, and at one or two points, I actually cried! The characters were so real and human that it almost seemed like a real story. I thought that it would have been Elizabeth who attempted suicide and was the one who wrote all the notes, and was super surprised when I found it was Emily. Overall, I absolutely loved the book, and I would love to know if you have any books in the making at the moment!

    • Hi Kyra,
      Thanks so much for leaving such a wonderful comment. I’m so glad you connected with the characters and enjoyed my book! I have a young adult book project being considered by editors now, and I’m going to be working on a middle grade project later this summer. I’ll be sure to post any news if either project gets picked up. Thanks so much for reading!

  • Hi Cindy, I am hoping you can recommend a book for my class. I am a 5th grade teacher looking to expose my kids to the latinx experience in the U.S. The objective is to read aloud to my students a portion at a time while they contemplate a discussion question. We just finished “A Long Walk To Water” by Linda Sue Park. If I can find something similar in structure and true story content, that would be perfect. Thanks.

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