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About the author:
Gabrielle Arrowsmith was born to her loving mother, father, and older brother on August 16th, 1988. She grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying soccer, school, and adventuresome play with her brother and cousins.
As she grew older, her desire to write led her to fill many diaries and notebooks with her thoughts, poems, stories, and scripts. Her other childhood hobbies included reading, playing soccer, acting, and playing piano.
Gabrielle recalls high school as the time when she first believed in the worth of her writing. Her AP course that year both challenged and celebrated her craft. Aiming for perfection caused her to slave over her work, but only so much as to allow time for her other college-level courses, soccer, track, National Honor Society, and school plays.
From 2006-2009 she attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She played collegiate soccer for the Saints, held two work-study positions, acted in three theater productions and volunteered often.
For the past three years, Gabrielle has enjoyed teaching third through sixth graders in various school settings. She recently transitioned to substitute teaching in order to pursue her passion for storytelling through both writing and acting. She also continues to enjoy both playing and coaching soccer.
Concealed in the Shadows
Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister Evvie, her only family and entire world. Sydney holds a sliver of hope that they will be lawfully reunited, and that light will return to her desolate life, but she is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape Miles County so that she and Evvie can live full lives together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to anyone who crosses the county's electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of county technology. It seems impossible to escape into the forgotten forests and cities of the past, but Sydney is determined to find a way if she is denied guardianship of her sister. For years she has longed to break free from the government's experimental Petri Dish and the hallowed drones that inhabit it.
What Sydney doesn't know is that the county has particular interest in her. Her place in this complex dystopia is about to change. Deceit, fear, and warfare, will come to characterize her life, yet her love for Evvie will always prevail. She must protect her sister, but at what cost?
Concealed in the Shadows is a novel with gripping action, intriguing suspense, and unexpected turns of events. The situations and decisions that the characters must face pull at the very fabric of the human heart.
The subtext artfully examines an array of timeless social and political complexities, fitting this novel for both adults and inquisitive, young readers. The heart and soul are equally satisfied through immersion into such human themes as trust, love, and courage.
Concealed in the Shadows is about 100,000 words in length. Its Flesch Reading Ease score is 71.9. Its average grade level is *6.2. The interest level of this novel is **MG+ through adult.
*Average based on scores from Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning-FOG, Coleman-Liau, SMOG Index, and Automated Readability Index.
**This book is not recommended for the lower middle grades due to the following 0-5 scale rating assessed by author:
Language - 1
Violence - 3 (Elements of war)
Sexual Content - 2 (Characters who have experienced or fear rape - not described)
Adult Concepts - 4
- Publication Date:
- 148117794X / 9781481177948
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.25"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Dystopian