Author Spotlight: Yvonne Ventresca!

I think we all know Yvonne Ventresca by now.

She's the amazing and super talented author of both PANDEMIC and the highly anticipated BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES (which will be released on October 4).

Wait, what? You say you don't know Yvonne Ventresca? Let me tell you, you are missing out!

What makes her so awesome, you ask?

For starters, Pandemic, her YA debut, won the Crystal Kite Award for the Atlantic region in 2015 and the 2015 Reader's Choice Award from Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine. Not too shabby for a debut author!

And just recently, her newest book Black Flowers, White Lies was recently in the top spot of Buzzfeed's "23 YA Books That, Without a Doubt, You'll Want to Read This Fall." So, obviously, you should read it.

And if you want to some REALLY excited news, you can see Yvonne at the Palmer Branch on March 18 for YA Fest 2017! Check out the YA Fest Facebook page to learn more, and click here to see a list of all the other authors who will be attending!

While you're eagerly waiting for YA Fest 2017, make sure you grab a copy of Pandemic and Black Flowers, White Lies so you're well prepared.


Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn't about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil's worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak-her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey-Lil's town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she's more alone than she's been since the "incident" at her school months ago. With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. (Taken from Goodreads)

Black Flowers, White Lies

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago. Newfound evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not as a result of a tragic car accident as her mother always claimed. 

When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? (Taken from Goodreads)


Find out more about Yvonne at her website, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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