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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kayla Ancrum  

Pen Name: K. Ancrum

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Ancrum grew up in Chicago and still lives there today. She attended Dominican University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kayla Ancrum is a Chicago native passionate about diversity and representation in young adult fiction. She currently writes most of her work in the lush gardens of the Chicago Art Institute.


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ISBN: 1250265266. OCLC Number: 1242989894

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The Weight of the Stars
ISBN: 1250101638. OCLC Number: 1083528281

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Ryann dreams of traveling across the stars, but a career in space isn't an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. Alexandria is a loner who spurns Ryann's offer of friendship, until a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm. Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria's mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system. Every night Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day ... until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more. --

The Wicker King
ISBN: 1250101549. OCLC Number: 964502859

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Best friends August and Jack struggle to cope as one spirals into madness.