The U.S. government controls access to chocolate and other foods considered fattening. Parents of fat youth must pay a special tax or their children must go to a Laboratory School for the Weight Challenged—A.K.A. "Fat School"— where they are forced—and shamed—to lose weight.
As her father's parole hearing nears, Hannah wants desperately to find out who turned her father in to the police. She enlists her best friend and secret crush, Christian, in her investigation. But with Hannah's father's businesses faltering, her mother can no longer pay her Fat Tax, and Hannah is sent to Fat School. She continues to search for her father's betrayer, but soon finds herself drawn into a more frightening mystery: the largest teenagers at Fat School are disappearing.
How far will Hannah go to find the truth?
Barbara D'Souza has been writing since she was 11 years old and got a short story assignment from her sixth grade teacher. She has a BA degree in English from the University of Michigan and an MA in English from the University of Pittsburgh.
She has been published in USA Today, and won third place in the Pennwriters Annual Short Story Writing Contest for 2016. She works as an accountant, and lives in Bridgeville, PA with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
It’s sophomore year. Lian Hunter and his side-kick and best friend Gabriel were hoping for an uneventful and normal school year at Tri-Asterisk Academy in downtown Los Angeles. But Fate has once again strategically placed gigantic problems in their paths.
When bones and more bodies are found in a serpent-shaped mound, is it a connection to the reptilians or is a new predator feasting on students’ hopes and dreams? An ancient enemy has also arisen on Nibiru to stake their claim on Earth.
This second book of the Lian Hunter Adventures series takes Lian and his cohorts to the brink of death again. Continuously drawn to this dark world he knows so little about, Lian watches more skeletons from the Hunter closet brought to light.
Arrested for hacking, socially awkward and speech-impaired sixteen-year-old Dakarai Holt is sentenced to two years at Sheffield Academy, an exclusive juvenile rehabilitation facility. Within the first two hours, Dak is subjected to mandatory brainwashing. The academy’s enforcers, the R.A.T. SQUADS, patrol Sheffield to ensure each student's full compliance. Gacheru, Dak’s roommate, pressures him to drink a tonic that conspicuously counteracts Sheffield’s indoctrination. This places Dak in the middle of many adversarial and explosive situations. Additionally, Dak becomes knotted in a clandestine plot involving the Secretary of State and a mysterious group who goes by the name, The Coterie. While at Sheffield, Dak must find a way to survive the R.A.T. SQUADS’ terror, the annexation of a remote island, and battle his own inner demons.
Dak’s emotional inquietude makes him vulnerable to others. Pursuit of concurrent romantic interests Tasi and Lilac decelerates when he counteracts TRC’s wishes and hounds The Coterie to accept him into their clique. His excitement changes to fear when he’s obliged to execute a directive that includes eliminating Tasi. To ensure Dak’s compliance, The Coterie hold Dak’s parents hostage and torture Lilac.
Hope that his ingenious hacking abilities will obstruct The Coterie while saving everyone in the process backfires altering his perception of life.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society. For over two years, he’s hoped—prayed—that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence. When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, his life takes an unbelievable twist. With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation. Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well.
The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.