In Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Homelessness and Poverty
BAD WITCH BURNING
Delacorte Press, Summer 2021
Physical violence against a child and some gore
Katrell doesn’t mind talking to the dead; she just wishes it made more money. Clients pay her to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it isn’t enough to support her unemployed mother and Mom’s deadbeat boyfriend-of-the-week. Things get worse when a ghost suddenly warns her to stop the summonings or she’ll “burn everything down.” Katrell is willing to call them on their bluff, though--she has no choice. What do ghosts know about eating peanut butter for dinner?
However, when her next summoning accidentally raises someone from the dead, Katrell realizes that a live body is worth a lot more than a dead apparition. And, warning or not, she has no intention of letting this lucrative new business go.
But magic doesn’t come for free, and soon dark forces are closing in on Katrell. The further she goes, the more she risks the lives of not only herself, but those she loves. Katrell faces a choice: resign herself to poverty, or confront the darkness before it’s too late.
Delacorte Press, Fall 2022
A YA horror novel about a girl who is kidnapped as a sacrificial offering to an ancient beast, only to make a deal with the monster to release it and avenge those who betrayed her—even if that includes her own family.