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Jessica Khoury

Biography

Jessica Khoury

Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she's dreamed of being an author.

When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing video games and traveling the world in search of stories and inspiration. 

Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of ORIGIN, VITRO, KALAHARI and THE FORBIDDEN WISH.

Books by Jessica Khoury

by Jessica Khoury - Adventure, Family, Fiction, Science Fiction

Sixteen years ago, every member of the royal family was murdered --- down to their youngest child, Princess Anya --- making way for the Union government to seize power. Stacia spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her friends, Clio and Pol. That all changes when the Direktor Eminent declares that Stacia's village is a den of empire loyalists and that Princess Anya Leonova is alive --- and Stacia is the lost princess. Pol smuggles Stacia to safety, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. Stacia sets her heart on finding and rescuing Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.

by Jessica Khoury - Culture, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years --- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity --- only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

by Jessica Khoury - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together. But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area --- and eliminate life as they know it.

by Jessica Khoury - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings --- the Vitros --- have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of.
Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. In a race for her life, Sophie is about to discover what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.

by Jessica Khoury - Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult 12+

In this Banksy-inspired illustrated novel, an escalating sibling rivalry train wrecks and vengeance is a street-art act of war