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Ask the Author (Almost) Anything: Mary Pearson, author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles

Amy Bradley, Librarian, Washington Irving Branch Library,

Mary Pearson will be at Teen Book Fest on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Other Worlds panel in Teen'Scape at 2pm. Mary will be signing copies of The Adoration of Jenna Fox at 3:30pm in Meeting Room B.

Mary Pearson is the author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, a suspense-filled trilogy that blends sci-fi, dystopian fiction, and drama.

In the first book, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, seventeen-year-old Jenna wakes from a coma and can’t remember who she is. A fragile woman she’s never seen before tells Jenna that she’s her mother, and tearfully explains that Jenna was in a terrible accident. Memories begin to return in bits and pieces, but Jenna isn’t certain they’re her own. How can she quote full passages from novels and remember events that happened while she was an infant, but nothing about her life eighteen months ago? Why are her parents so reluctant to let her leave the house? And why does her own body feel gangly and not quite her own?

Jenna begins to suspect that a huge secret is being kept from her, and uncovers how the people she loves are willing to risk everything - perhaps even Jenna herself - to keep from losing her.

Eerie and suspenseful, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a heart-rending coming-of-age story that will leave you pondering what it is, exactly, that makes us human.

Mary Pearson’s other books include The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei Street, Scribbler of Dreams, and David v. God. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and two golden retrievers. We interrupted a game of frisbee to ask her these questions:

1. Is there a book you didn't write for which you'd like to write a prequel, spin-off, or sequel?

Well, I do wonder what happened to Gale in The Hunger Games . . . a spinoff of him forever pining for Katniss? Until he meets-- Okay, you get the idea.

2. What makes you laugh the loudest?

Things I shouldn't laugh at! Like when my husband bangs his head on something. I have to look away trying to keep from laughing but I still do! Bad me.

3. If you could be any Shakespearean character, who would you pick?

Well, since I am such a goody-two-shoes (except when I laugh) I think I would be someone deliciously nasty like Lady Macbeth.

4. What is a book that inspired you when you were a teen? And what's the best teen book you've read lately?

The Outsiders inspired me when I was a teen, and a great book that I just read was Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Read them both!


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