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As a teen, Tara K. Ross discovered how well-written prose can change the trajectory of a person's life. Case in point: her life. She now passes along this wisdom through her work as a school speech-language pathologist and mentor with local youth programs. She is also blessed with a ridiculously supportive family that grants her time to create stories that tackle the interplay of faith and mental health. FADE TO WHITE is her debut novel (IlluminateYA, May 2020).
When Tara is not writing or reading all things YA, you can find her rock climbing the Ontario escarpment, planning her family's next jungle trek or blogging at www.hopeprose.com.
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Tara K. Ross lives with her husband, two daughters and rescued fur-baby in a field of cookie-cutter homes near Toronto, Canada. She works as a school speech-language pathologist and mentors with local youth programs. When Tara is not writing or reading all things young adult fiction, you can find her rock climbing the Ontario escarpment, planning her family's next jungle trek or podcasting/blogging at www.tarakross.com.
FADE TO WHITE is her debut novel.
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Tara combines her passions of youth ministry, mental health awareness, and YA fiction, in her blog and podcast, www.hopeprose.com. Her debut YA novel, Fade to White (May 2020), challenges teens to consider the interplay of faith and anxiety in one girl’s story.
Tara K Ross is a youth leader, podcaster, and author of FADE TO WHITE. When she’s not adulting, she climbs the Ontario escarpment and blogs about the interplay of faith and mental at www.hopeprose.com.
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FADE TO WHITE:
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Thea Fenton’s life looks picture-perfect, but inside, she is falling apart. Wracked by anxiety no one seems to understand or care about, she resorts to self-harm to deflect the pain inside.
When a local teen commits suicide, Thea’s anxiety skyrockets. Unexplainable things happen, leaving her feeling trapped within her own chaotic mind. The lines between reality and another world start to blur, and her previously mundane issues seem more daunting and insurmountable than ever.
Then she meets Khi, a mysterious new boy from the coffee shop who seems to know her better than she knows herself—and doesn’t think she’s crazy. His quiet confidence and unfounded familiarity draw her into an unconventional friendship.
Khi journeys with her through grief, fear, and confusion to arrive at compassion for the one person Thea never thought she could love.
A deeply transformational novel from an authentic new voice in Christian young adult fiction.
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PRAISE FOR FADE TO WHITE:
"Honest and vulnerable, Fade to White is a story that I keep thinking about. With a plot that keeps pages turning and a cast of characters who feel like friends, Ross has given us a pure and dignified look into the life of a teen who is facing her mental illness. Without a hint of exploitation or sensationalism, this author has given her reader the gift of seeing Thea Fenton's humanity."
- Susie Finkbeiner, author of All Manner of Things and The Stories that Bind Us
“Tara K. Ross has found the perfect blend of cleverly crafted prose, delightfully flawed characters, and brilliantly unique plots that makes her a standout new voice in YA fiction.”
- Taylor Bennet, author of Porch Swing Girl
Tara Ross has captured the struggle young adults go through with precision and compassion. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this one.
- Melony Teague, Canadian author of A Promise to Keep