Kate Riley has dreamed of College life since childhood, and when she is accepted with a full scholarship to Florida State University, her dream becomes a reality. However, Kate’s college experience goes from perfect to petrifying as she finds that she is able to sense and share the emotions of everyone around her. Unable to shut herself away from the world, she meets a mysterious sophomore who seems to have a strange ability of his own. Turning Kate’s world even further upside down, he introduces her to his small group of friends, each of whom possess uncanny talents. Working together to find their origins, they soon uncover clues that lead them to something bigger than they imagined. With the support of her new friends, Kate struggles to cope with powers that threaten her dream, her sanity, and her very life.

Young Adult Fiction

Standardized People

Have you ever taken a Multiple Choice test and find that every possible answer is wrong? High School teacher, Alex Trotter, seriously suspects that there is something wrong with multiple-choice tests, and not just in how they are created or graded. They seem to be shaping the way people think, making life a matter of choices instead of free thought, where the best possible scenario is to choose the least worst answer. From the SAT test to the menu at a coffee shop, people are trading thought for choice every day. When Alex is given documents found in the National Archives that suggest that there has been a centuries-long conspiracy to subdue free thought into choices, this public school teacher gets caught in a whirlwind of discovery, danger and even murder that all leads up to a most crucial courtroom trial over our right to freedom FROM choice.

Written by John Vermes and Jenne Vermes

Danz'n Magazine

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