Jenna Marcus

Teens

Author Profile

Jenna  Marcus

Jenna Marcus is an academic leader and author of the YA novels, My Unusual Talent and Breathe Deep and Swim. She has a fervent passion for leveraging her decade of expertise to robustly enhance and redefine the quality of teaching and learning. As an avid reader, she believes that every child should find a book to love. One of the primary reasons she writes Young Adult fiction is so that our young people can discover stories that they relate to and/or that inspire them to read. In addition to her professional experience as an academic administrator and teacher, she holds a MS. ED in Educational Leadership, a MS. ED in Middle Childhood & Adolescent English Education and a BA in Literature; she is also a certified in School Building Leadership and ELA. Currently, she lives in New Rochelle, NY.

Books

My Unusual Talent

Teens

Cooper O'Neil, a high school senior from the small town Parkway, strives for a normal teenage existence. One of Cooper’s greatest fears is that everyone will discover that he has telekinetic abilities, and inevitably turn him into a science experiment. Only his parents and his sister, Amber, know about his incredible abilities. Cooper keeps his abilities a secret, especially from the love of life because he worries that she would no longer love him if she discovered his secret. However, soon Cooper has more to worry about once the townspeople of Parkway begin to disappear. Once Cooper discovers his late grandfather’s journal in his attic, he realizes that history is repeating itself, and just like over forty years ago, the townspeople are being kidnapped. In order to solve the mystery of the recent kidnappings, he must find out how his grandfather died, and the connection between the kidnappings from over forty years and the present day before it is too late.

Book Bubbles from My Unusual Talent

My Unusual Talent

Cooper O'Neil, a high school senior from the small town Parkway, strives for a normal teenage existence. One of Cooper’s greatest fears is that everyone will discover that he has telekinetic abilities, and inevitably turn him into a science experiment. Only his parents and his sister, Amber, know about his incredible abilities. Cooper keeps his abilities a secret, especially from the love of life because he worries that she would no longer love him if she discovered his secret. However, soon Cooper has more to worry about once the townspeople of Parkway begin to disappear. Once Cooper discovers his late grandfather’s journal in his attic, he realizes that history is repeating itself, and just like over forty years ago, the townspeople are being kidnapped. In order to solve the mystery of the recent kidnappings, he must find out how his grandfather died, and the connection between the kidnappings from over forty years and the present day before it is too late.

Eventually, They All Fall

Teens

Domino Garrison knows that he is the king of all that is weird, but he would rather abdicate that throne. He would rather be a normal teenager who just goes to school and works at a bookstore--and for all intents and purposes--that's exactly how he appears to his peers; however, aside from his best friend, Griswold, no one knows Domino's secret, or his secrets. His father abandoned him and his only family--his mom--when he was 5 years old, and his mom is a drug addict who has a parade of men coming in and out of their home. Oh, and Domino has the ability to see into other people's fantasies. He thinks this ability is pretty useless; however, little does he know that his ability is more powerful and expansive than he thinks. When extraordinary circumstances begin to occur, like massive earthquakes hitting the East coast, exotic animals wandering around zoos that they had not escaped from, and black sludge eviscerating everything in its path, Domino soon discovers that not only can he see fantasies, but he can also pull these fantasies into reality; however, doing so causes horrendous pain and mental anguish as Domino is concerned that the power he has could corrupt his mind. However, he knows that is is up to him--with the support of his friends Griswold and Lucy, and his boss Miles--to put a stop to the unnatural occurrences plaguing the earth before it is too late.

Book Bubbles from Eventually, They All Fall

Domino's Reality

Domino Garrison is not your average teenager. Aside from being abandoned by his father when he was 5-years-old and living in a rundown apartment with his drug addict mother, Domino has the ability to perceive other people's fantasies. You might think that this is awesome. He would fervently disagree with you. He thinks it's a royal pain, and he would happily abdicate his throne as the King of Weird. He thinks it is a completely useless ability; however, little does he know that his ability is not as useless as he thinks. In fact, he will need this ability, as well as the support of his friends, to stop forces that could possibly destroy the world.

Breathe Deep & Swim

Teens

Perfect for fans of We Are Okay and The Thing about Jellyfish, this witty and achingly beautiful coming of age story will tackle what it means to be alive, loved, and trusting in a world gone mad... All 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Thomas wants is normalcy. But a global pandemic prevents him from having anything close to a typical teenager's life. When Wolfgang discovers his father dead in bed from the coronavirus, his world is thrust into even more turmoil and chaos. Wolfgang and his 16-year-old brother, Van Gogh, know that they must do everything they can to stay together and avoid foster care. In a cross-country road trip, they hit the road in their father's Pontiac to find their only hope: the mother who abandoned them a decade ago. As they journey for answers to their mother's whereabouts, they uncover devastating mysteries about her that they never could have imagined. Just as they near their destination, tragedy strikes once more. Wolfgang is drowning in fear and pain, but he must pull it together or lose his family for good. Can this broken adolescent find the strength and courage to "breathe deep and swim?"

Book Bubbles from Breathe Deep & Swim

Breathe Deep & Swim

After their father dies from COVID-19, in an effort to stay together, two brothers set out on a cross country journey in order to find the mother who abandoned them years ago. Just as they near their destination, tragedy strikes once more. Read to discover if the brothers find the strength and courage to "breathe deep and swim."

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