We are so excited to host Kimberly Gabriel for the official launch party for her debut YA novel, Every Stolen Breath. Joining Kimberly will be fellow author James Klise. In addition to being authors, both of our guests share another attribute, they are also both teachers. Kimberly is an English instructor right up the road from us at Central School in Glencoe!
About the Book: The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable--random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It's been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.
Lia is the only one still pursuing her father's killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch's murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.
After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don't stop the person pulling the strings--and fast--Lia may end up the next target.
Inspired by the real-life "flash mob" violence that struck Chicago in 2011, Every Stolen Breath by debut author Kimberly Gabriel is a fast-paced and immersive thriller that shows just how hard one girl will fight back, knowing any breath might be her last.
"A terrifying premise set against Chicago's stunning backdrop, a whip-smart protagonist, and enough twists and turns to keep your heart racing to the very last page—Kimberly Gabriel’s haunting debut will take your breath away.” —Dawn Ius, author of LIZZIE, OVERDRIVE and Anne & Henry.
About the author: Kimberly Gabriel started writing in fourth grade when she wrote, bound, and gave away books of terrible poetry to family and teachers as holiday gifts. Today she is an English teacher, who still squanders all free minutes to write and uses it as the best scapegoat for her laundry avoidance issues. When she is not teaching or writing, Kimberly is enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Every Stolen Breath is her debut novel.
Interlocutor James Klise is the author of Love Drugged, which was an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and received glowing reviews. He lives in Chicago, where he works as a high school librarian. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, Ascent, and Southern Humanities Review.
The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable--random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It's been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.