University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Sonja Stone


Author of "Dark Divide" and "Desert Dark," Sonja Stone collected intel on psychology and creative writing from Washington College, trained at Le Cordon Bleu for a cover job as head pastry chef and completed a handful of courses at the same survival school where Tom Hanks prepared for Cast Away. Currently, she's raising two covert agents masquerading as typical college kids. Just to be safe, Sonja's learned to throw knives, fire guns and navigate the desert, because... well, you never know.

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Scheduled events:
Teen Worlds: A Carousel of YA Authors
Meet eight YA authors in 60 minutes. Each author will be at a table to talk about their latest book with a small group. Every eight minutes, each author will move to another table in our own version of author speed-dating.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tanaz Bhathena, Sara Holland, Karen McManus, Emma Mills, Kass Morgan, Shelley Sackier, Sonja Stone, Suzanne Young
Moderators: Janine Schall, Tracy Smiles
Heart-Stopping Thrillers: YA Characters Fighting to Survive
Experience the spine-tingling thrill of YA books in which characters must fight to survive and solve the mysteries that bring danger into their lives. Whether the setting is space, a fantasy world, the desert or a high school, these page-turners keep you at the edge of your seat.

Education Kiva 211 (Seats 200)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Robin LaFevers, Karen McManus, Kass Morgan, Sonja Stone
Moderator: Michelle Mohrweis
How to Create a Successful Author Critique Group
As an author, being a member of a successful critique group makes a difference in providing the support needed in shaping a novel. It's not easy, however, to create a critique group that both supports and challenges you as a writer.

Education Room 349 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Sonja Stone
Moderator: Michelle Mohrweis

Books:
Desert Dark
Children / Teens
Holiday House
January 2017
ISBN 9780823437665
344 pages
$7.99, INSTOCK
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At Desert Mountain Academy, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley begins a punishing routine to become an undercover CIA agent, but when a double-agent is reported on campus, she is the top suspect.

Dark Divide
Children / Teens
Holiday House
July 2018
ISBN 9780823438365
384 pages
$18.99, INSTOCK
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Hogwarts meets "The Bourne Identity" in this sequel to "Desert Dark, " set at Desert Mountain Academy, the covert CIA training school where Nadia Riley's harrowing adventures continue.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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