New York Times bestselling author April Henry has written eight mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. Her first young adult novel, Shock Point was an ALA Quick Pick, a Top 10 Books for Teens nominee, a New York Library’s Books for the Teen Age book, named to the Texas Tayshas list, and a finalist for Philadelphia’s Young Readers Choice Award.
The critics say April is “a talent to watch” (Toronto Globe and Mail), “spoiling us” (Washington Times) and “a rising mystery writer” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Her novels have been called “splendid” (Denver Post), “witty and fun” (Dallas Morning News) “fast paced and harrowing” (BookPage), “galloping-fast” (The Oregonian) and “off-beat and vital” (Publisher’s Weekly). They have been short-listed for the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, and the Oregon Book Award, and chosen twice for Booksense by the independent booksellers of America.
Noted author Roald Dahl helped April take her first step as a writer. When she was 12, April sent the famous children's author a short story about a frog who loved peanut butter. The day he received it, Dahl had lunch with the editor of an international children's magazine and read her the story. She contacted April and asked to publish it.
April’s two thrillers for young adults, Shock Point and Torched, touch on topical themes. Shock Point is about boot camps, and Torched is about radical environmental activists. Girl, Stolen, about a blind girl who is kidnapped, is due out in the fall of 2010.
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