Books by Kevin Emerson

ANY SECOND by Kevin Emerson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A moving read that will keep readers up late into the night. (Suspense. 15-18)"
Maya Abrams and Elián Martinez first met when Elián was being used by his abusive kidnapper to blow up a local Seattle mall. Read full book review >
THE OCEANS BETWEEN STARS by Kevin Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Thrills, violence, time/space questions, and some contemplation about colonization make for action on the thoughtful side. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
Between Liam and the starliner carrying his sister lie baffling timestreams, inscrutable enemies, and vast stretches of cold, empty space. Read full book review >
LAST DAY ON MARS by Kevin Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Enigmatic enemies, sabotage, space travel, and short, bone-wracking bits of time travel make for a banging adventure. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. Read full book review >
FINDING ABBEY ROAD by Kevin Emerson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"The adventure, possibility, and closure that wrap up the mystery-driven, music-fueled Exile series will leave fans satisfied and hopeful. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Dangerheart band manager Summer has just revealed a secret to Caleb, her boyfriend and the band's lead singer, that turns his world inside out; once again, there is a twist regarding the presumed-to-be-dead rock star Eli White, who is also father to Caleb and Dangerheart bassist Val. Read full book review >
ENCORE TO AN EMPTY ROOM by Kevin Emerson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 28, 2015

"A solid follow-up to Exile that will leave readers clamoring for the final installment. (Fiction. 14-17)"
Summer and the band she manages, Dangerheart, are still searching for the lost songs of Eli White in this sequel to Exile (2014).Read full book review >
BREAKOUT by Kevin Emerson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A strong effort that stumbles short of the finish line. (Fiction. 12-14)"
An eighth grader writes a song that perfectly captures how he feels about being stuck between childhood and adulthood. Read full book review >
THE FAR DAWN by Kevin Emerson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A winning combination of high stakes, sacrifice and heroism. (Science fantasy. 12-18)"
The eventful conclusion to the Atlanteans series. Read full book review >
EXILE by Kevin Emerson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 29, 2014

"This engaging read steeped in music, romance and mystery opens a promising trilogy. (Fiction. 13-17)"
At the unusual, LA-area Mount Hope High, students are immersed in the music industry, taking classes such as Physics of Volume and playing showcases in the Don Henley amphitheater; here, even nonmusicians like Summer can study the marketing and management aspects of the music business. Read full book review >
THE DARK SHORE by Kevin Emerson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 21, 2013

"Readers will beg for the follow-up to this tense, well-plotted sequel. (Science fiction. 12-17)"
The heroes of The Lost Code (2012) race to stay ahead of EdenCorp and reach the powerful, climate-altering Paintbrush of the Gods first. Read full book review >
THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION by Kevin Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Alien surprise with a side of early-teen angst makes for a decent read. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Two middle schoolers might be Earth's only defense against an alien takeover. Read full book review >
THE LOST CODE by Kevin Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"Between Owen, likable in his thoughtfully awkward way while evolving into a hero, and the lovingly crafted setting, Camp Eden offers summer escapism. (Science fiction. 11-17)"
Coming-of-age story meets conspiracy thriller at a summer camp in a post-climate-catastrophe world. Read full book review >
CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT by Kevin Emerson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Bizarre, friendless Carlos is targeted by a group of classmates in this intriguing novel depicting the planning and execution of a cruel prank, told by the most dubious participant in the plan. Thoughtful Trina is unsure whether she wants to take part. While she agrees that Carlos's insistence that he is in contact with aliens and his incessant body scratching are annoying, she begins to see him in much more nuanced ways after they are paired up to work on a school assignment together. It is only after he completely melts down during the presentation that, in anger, she decides to go through with it. In the aftermath, she finds herself deeply regretting her decision. Emerson's ability to write realistic dialogue and his understanding of the dynamics of middle-school cliques and their inherent power struggles are evident here. The detailed, original and somewhat mysterious nature of Carlos's idiosyncrasies adds a real spark to this now familiar tale of bullying. (Fiction. 10 & up)Read full book review >