Hey there! I'm Alex Karola, author of young adult and middle grade resilience literature, stories about characters overcoming adversity.
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WHEN YOU FALL
Bulimia doesn't affect guys. And guys don't diet. That's according to Sean Roemer, Katy's best friend and fellow diver on Franklin High School's varsity team.
He admits you do what you have to do, sometimes, to make weight for a meet. But he doesn't think he has a problem. Even as Katy tries to get him to acknowledge his denial, she can't see the danger she puts herself in.
The only things Katy cares about in the world are diving and her friendship with Sean. If she doesn't figure out what's going on soon, she could lose everything.
HUMAN VOICES WAKE US
Maris is haunted by the boy with the sea in his eyes. It has been four years since she witnessed a cruel joke turn into an unspeakable accident.
Now a strange young man has come into her life, and she is certain he is connected to that fateful day four years ago. He introduces her to a beautiful, magical world below the waves, an underwater kingdom of dolphin children, hidden islands and golden reefs. Is this dreamworld real, or only a figment of the guilt she can't let go?