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Amber J. Keyser


Amber J. Keyser

Amber J. Keyser writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens. Her young adult novel THE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015) is a heart-wrenching story of loss and survival. THE V-WORD (Beyond Words, 2016) is an anthology of personal essays by women about first time sexual experiences. She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series Quartz Creek Ranch (Darby Creek, 2016).

Her other books include the nonfiction title SNEAKER CENTURY: A History of Athletic Shoes (21st Century Books, 2015); a picture book, AN ALGONQUIN HEART SONG: Paddle My Own Canoe (FOAP, 2007); two graphic novels about science, THE BASICS OF CELL LIFE WITH MAX AXIOM (Capstone Press, 2010) and DECODING GENES WITH MAX AXIOM (Capstone Press, 2010) as well as a photo-illustrated nonfiction title, ANATOMY OF A PANDEMIC (Capstone Press, 2011).

Amber lives on the dry side of Oregon with her husband, two kids and a dog named Gilda. For more information, visit Amber's website at or on Twitter at @amberjkeyser.



Amber J. Keyser

Books by Amber J. Keyser

by Amber J. Keyser - Family, Youth Fiction

Rakmen Cannon's life is turning out to be one sucker punch after another. His baby sister died in his arms, his parents are on the verge of divorce, and he's flunking out of high school. The only place he fits in is with the other art therapy kids stuck in the basement of Promise House, otherwise known as support group central. Not that he wants to be there. Talking doesn't bring back the dead. 

by Amber J. Keyser - Fiction, Performing Arts, Young Adult 14+

Jessie Vale dances in an elite ballet program. When Jessie is cast in an animalistic avant-garde production, her careful composure cracks wide open. Meanwhile, her friend Dawn McCormick's world is full of holes. She wakes in strange places, bruised, battered and unable to speak.  These childhood friends are both running out of time. Jessie has one shot at her ballet dream. Dawn's blackouts are getting worse. At every turn, they crash into the many ways girls are watched, judged, used and discarded. Should they play it safe or go feral?