Northshire Live: Emma Kress presents Dangerous Play with Nova Ren Suma

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Celebrate the publication of Saratoga author Emma Kress’s propulsive, electrifying, and high-stakes YA debut about a fierce team of girls who take back the night on conversation with #1 New York Times Bestselling author Nova Ren Suma.

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"I want to put this book in the hands of every teenager I know. For anyone - especially any girl - who needs to find the power that comes from speaking up and speaking out, this gorgeous debut is a game-changer." — Rachel Person

A fierce team of girls takes back the night in this propulsive, electrifying, and high-stakes YA debut from Emma Kress

Zoe Alamandar has one goal: win the State Field Hockey Championships and earn a scholarship that will get her the hell out of Central New York. She and her co-captain Ava Cervantes have assembled a fierce team of dedicated girls who will work hard and play by the rules.

But after Zoe is sexually assaulted at a party, she finds a new goal: make sure no girl feels unsafe again. Zoe and her teammates decide to stop playing by the rules and take justice into their own hands. Soon, their suburban town has a team of superheroes meting out punishments, but one night of vigilantism may cost Zoe her team, the championship, her scholarship, and her future.

Perfect for fans who loved the female friendships of Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie and the bite of Courtney Summer’s Sadie.

Emma Kress is a former teacher of almost 20 years, teaching high school English for more than 10 years. She was a finalist for 2014 New York State Teacher of the Year and an award-winning educational columnist for a CNY magazine. Before her teaching career, Emma worked at the Victim Services Agency (now known as Safe Horizon), the NYC Rape Treatment Consortium, and as a sexual violence peer counselor who also facilitated workshops on sexual assault and consent with teens.

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, which was an Edgar Award finalist. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she spent most of her adult life in New York City and now lives in Philadelphia.

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ISBN: 9781250750488
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 3rd, 2021

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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

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