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Penguin: Young Readers Group Spring 2019

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The Waning Age
By (author): S. E. Grove
9780451479853 Hardcover English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General Feb 05, 2019
$24.99 CAD
Active 5.94 x 8.56 x 1.11 in 352 pages Viking Children's Books Viking Books for Young Readers
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Sentence, a lightly speculative, relevant puzzle box with undertones of Never Let Me Go.

The time is now. The place is San Francisco. The world is filled with adults devoid of emotion and children on the cusp of losing their feelings—of “waning”—when they reach their teens.

Natalia Peña has already waned. So why does she love her little brother with such ferocity that, when he’s kidnapped by a Big Brother-esque corporation, she’ll do anything to get him back?

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Sentence comes this haunting story of one determined girl who will use her razor-sharp wits, her martial arts skills, and, ultimately, her heart to fight killers, predators, and the world’s biggest company to rescue her brother—and to uncover the shocking truth about waning.

Series Overview: This is a stand-alone.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR S. E. Grove brings her gifts for complex world-building and imaginatively original character development to YA.

BACKSTORY: Professor S. E. Grove was inspired to create a world where people are extremely desensitized to violence by seeing the unemotional way her college students have responded to current events like mass shootings and terrorist attacks.

A BADASS HEROINE OF COLOR who’s an expert at self-defense and holds her own against sexual predators and killers while doing as little harm as possible, Natalia is a character readers will love and admire.

CROSSOVER AUDIENCE: This book reads like an episode of Black Mirror or Westworld and is perfect for adult fans of those shows and movies like Her.

GENDER-SWAP: Natalia is a Raymond Chandler fan, and her voice and the storytelling style cleverly send up and draw from Chandler’s hardboiled detective novels—but, with Natalia as the narrator, the gender roles are swapped.

A #METOO MUST READ, the story features a revenge plot Natalia mounts against a sexual predator, with the help of survivors.

EVOCATIVE WRITING draws you into this alternate reality San Francisco, full of cherished antique objects steeped in nostalgia for their owners and subtle upgrades to our existing tech (spoiler alert: phones get even smaller).

S. E. Grove ( is a historian and world traveler. She spends most of her time reading about the early modern Spanish empire, writing about invented empires, and residing in Boston. Follow S. E. Grove on Twitter @segrovebooks.

Author Residence: Boston, MA

Marketing: National media campaign

Promotion at select consumer festivals

Online promotion and social media outreach

Extensive blogger outreach

Promotion at national school and library conferences

Librarian and educator outreach

Praise for The Waning Age by S. E. Grove:

“A provoking, striking call to self-reflection.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Unexpected twists create a fast-paced plot…A must-have for libraries with dystopian fans.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“A dazzling,emotional journey about a sister’s love and the fight against an emotionless society.”—Booklist

“Grove’s world shines through as a complex statement on empathy.”—BCCB Reviews

“Readers, especially lovers of dystopian fiction, will enjoy this book and may just come away wondering, ”what if…?“—School Library Connection

Accolades for The Glass Sentence (Book #1)

A New York Times Bestseller

An IndieBound Bestseller

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

A Kids’ Indie Next Top Ten Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices Selection

* ”Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction…Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.“—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* ”A thrilling, time-bending debut…It’s a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic.“—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* ”Stellar…with impeccable character development and sophisticated, intricate setting details.“—BCCB, starred review

”I loved it! So imaginative!“—Nancy Pearl

”Not since Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.“—Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times bestselling author of A Conspiracy of Kings

”Absolutely marvelous [and] completely original. I love this book."—Nancy Farmer, National Book Award-winning author of The House of the Scorpion

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