Helen Ellis is the author of the recently released YA novel The Turning. Booklist said of the novel that the “blend of contemporary realism and fantasy, romance, humor, and adrenaline-charged action is sure to hook an eager teen audience.” Her previous novel, Eating the Cheshire Cat, was a Southern Gothic about three teenage girls and the Alabama Society that twisted them. The novel was picked for B&N Discover Great New Writers, ABA Booksense, and the Los Angeles Times and Southern Critics Circle Best Book of the Year. The book is currently being optioned for film by director Amy Redford.