Raven is a fast-moving story where a team of students learning & working at a corporate academy are investigating a hack at their client, a bank. It’s a character-led story that centers on Fireball, the team leader, and Noob, the newest team member – but features a diverse group of characters not just writing code but saving the world!
How do you fix a computer glitch that disappears before you get a good look at it? How do you negotiate with a hacker who doesn’t seem to want anything?
Colorful sixteen-year-old Fireball and her elite team of classmates from Cinzento Secure’s corporate academy must do exactly that. They’re investigating a hack at a prestigious bank, and the bizarre network issues they’ve observed are turning out to be something stranger than Team Raven has ever encountered.
That Something grows more serious by the minute, reaching tendrils outside the bank and into critical infrastructure. As the team races to keep the hack from costing lives, a new question is added to the mix: why is someone stalking their newest team member?
Raven is available in both e-book and paperback form, on various platforms (search your favorite site!):
Reviews are coming in, and they’re great! Check some out here:
- Kirkus: “Gripping and fresh, with memorable characters—a winner.”
- Foreword/Clarion: ★★★★★ “fun, technology-centered novel”
- BlueInk: “a compelling read with tension ramping up until the truth behind the hack is revealed”
- Self-Publishing Review: ★★★★ “Raven is a wonderfully original tale with memorable characters set in an innovative world”
- BookLife: “Computer-savvy teens will appreciate this mystery with a touch of family drama, featuring a team of adolescent white-hat hackers.”
- Matt McAvoy: ★★★★ “undeniably well written, entertaining and quality work”
- OnlineBookClub: 3 out of 4 stars, “a fun read”
I have a lot of ideas for Book 2 and Book 3. But first we’ll see how Raven does. If we’re able to reach a lot of people, I’ll use that momentum to keep going!
Posts about Raven
- Bloomberg Quicktake
- Supporting Diversity in Tech
- Kirkus honors! And other goings-on.
- Raven launch +10! Challenge: reviews
- Rankings and Shenanigans
- Unacceptable Business Practices
- Support your local bookstore!
- Raven launch + 2! Challenge: connecting with young readers
- Raven launch + 1! Challenge: audiences for diversity in tech
- It’s Raven launch day! Challenge: share, share, share!
- It’s Raven launch day! Let’s celebrate!
- T-1 Days until Raven launch! Challenge: student programs
- T-2 Days until Raven launch! Challenge: independent bookshops
- T-3 Days until Raven launch! Challenge: libraries
- One week to go!
- An important review from Kirkus!
- Two more reviews of Raven!
- One month to go!
- Exciting progress in my Evil Plan to Save the World!
- It’s Done!
- 65,000 words
- 50,000 words – almost there!
- 35,000 words – over half-way!
- 22,000 words!