AVAILABLE IN HARDCOVER from Roaring Brook Press



When all was lost, they found each other.

As the sun sets off the coast of the small California town of Orilla del Cielo, the silhouettes of oil rigs loom. Their shadows look jarring against the serene backdrop, their sharpness a reminder of unfulfilled promises. To Zach, they are also a reminder of loss—his father, an oil worker, drowned years earlier. With his family struggling to make ends meet, Zach feels he’s destined for a bleak future.

Until he meets Vanessa. She's an optimistic girl from a wealthy family whose sights are literally set on the stars. Inspired by her idol, Carl Sagan, she plans on studying astronomy at Cornell. But as oil prospectors in search of black gold know, the future is uncertain . . . and fortunes can always be flipped.

Read an excerpt of Awake in the World.




“Incisive, wholehearted dialogue and lovely prose … this coming-of-age tale cuts to the core.”

— Kirkus

“More than a love story, this novel is a timely, moving statement…”

— The Horn Book



Awake in the U.K.

Coming April 2019 from Usborne Publishing