Young Adult Books



Winner, Young Adult Literature, 2017

“Sammie’s narrative voice is sardonic, distinctive, wildly intelligent, and sometimes hilarious…Readers will feel her mind and heart shifting with the illness. Indelible.”

– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Sammie’s voice is a bright, relatable, and uncompromising one, and when her inevitable decline begins, readers will be surprised and pained by it, right along with the book’s fiercely undeterred protagonist. Strengths abound in Avery’s touching novel, and Sammie’s relationships, both friendly and romantic, are no exception.”

– School Library Journal (starred review)

Though the marketplace is crowded with stories of teens coping with serious illness, Avery’s novel stands out for its strong characters, a heartbreaking narrative that shifts to reflect Sammie’s condition, and a love story that will leave many readers in tears.”

– Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

To learn more, check out The Memory Book here or at your local bookstore.


“This is definitely several steps above the standard romance; Avery is a voice to watch in this genre.”

– Booklist

A Million Miles Away completely wrecked me. Romantic and heartbreaking. A must-read for anybody with a sister–and anybody without one, too.”

-Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days

“Love, loss, sisterhood, deceit–the stakes are high in this captivating romance. Kelsey’s story is beautifully told, equal parts gut-wrenching and heartwarming.”

-April Lindner, author of Jane and Love, Lucy

To learn more, check out A Million Miles Away here or at your local bookstore.


“… An interesting look at how different people deal with tragedy and how it affects their lives both before and after Bryce awakens. The main characters are fully developed, and readers can easily empathize with them.”

School Library Journal

“Readers who enjoy a dampened-Kleenex conclusion will probably beg for more.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A raw, absorbing debut…Bryce’s courage, tenacity, and determination result in a memorable story about seizing the day.”

Publishers Weekly

“Avery captures the fascination of the line between life and death with tender and lyrical prose.”


To learn more, check out Anything But Ordinary here, or at your local bookstore.