Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Damselfly

Top Three Reasons You Need This Book on Your Shelf:

1. It has a Lord of the Flies vibe about it. Instead of boys being trapped on an island, it's girls trapped in a jungle. 
2. It has diversity and modern commentary on social issues.
3. Survival stories always make a reader appreciate their own life a lot more.

P.S. - Authors who support educators are awesome. :)

In the wake of crash-landing on a deserted tropical island, a group of private-school teens must rely on their wits and one another to survive. 

 Having just survived a plane crash, Samantha Mishra finds herself isolated and injured in the thick of the jungle. She has no idea where she is or where anybody else is -- she doesn't even know if anybody else is alive. Once Sam connects with her best friend, Mel, and they locate the others, they set up camp and hope for rescue. But as the days pass, the survivors, all teammates on the Drake Rosemont fencing team, realize that they're on their own -- with the exception of a mysterious presence who taunts and threatens them. When their initial attempts to escape the island fail, the teens find they need to survive more than the jungle . . . they need to survive each other. 

 This taut novel, with a setting evocative of Lord of the Flies, is by turns cinematic and intimate, and always thought-provoking.

About the Author - In Her Own Words (source)

My first young adult novel, Damselfly has arrived! Thank you to my wonderful publisher, Scholastic. If you'd like to read a modern, multiracial riff on Lord of the Flies, this is the book for you. 

Previously I wrote novels for adults, including On Borrowed Wings, a historical drama set in early 20th century New Haven; Breathe the Sky, a fictionalized account of Amelia Earhart’s last days; and Death of a Circus, which Booklist calls “Richly textured [and] packed with glamour and grit.” I am the originator and editor of Mixed, an anthology of short stories on the multiracial experience, which was published to international acclaim by W.W. Norton and which is used in many college English classes. 

 My shorter works have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, the official magazine of The U.S. Department of State, Teen Voices, and numerous literary, arts, and poetry journals. 

 I'm a graduate of Yale and a Fellow at one of Yale's residential colleges. I'm currently working on more YA novels.

We have ONE copy of Damselfly up for grabs. This giveaway is open to US residents. You must be 13+ years of age to win. If you're under 18, you must have parental permission to enter. Reading Lark is not responsible for lost or damaged prizes. The publicist will be responsible for prize delivery.

The giveaway runs from July 10-18. Winner will be notified via email on July 19.