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Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters by [Christa Avampato]

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"A suspenseful fantasy that delivers a richly layered, thought-provoking plot infused with messages about self-realization and the significance of imagination and creativity. The multilayered plot and vivid prose amply illustrate the tale's key themes: the importance of human imagination, the arts, and invention as well as the value in finding and sharing one's light."--Kirkus Reviews; Selected as one of only 35 indie review for their April magazine issue "The Woman Issue", stories by and about powerful women. 
"A deftly written and unfailingly entertaining novel for teen readers, "Emerson Page and Where The Light Enters" showcases author Christa Avampato's impressive flair for originality and master of the storytelling arts. Unreservedly recommended for both school and community library YA Fiction collections."
--Midwest Book Review
"Fascinating story deftly told, a tale of courage and a gritty investigation, featuring a young protagonist who will take readers by surprise. Fast-paced, excellent writing, brimming with vivid descriptions and dialogues. Avampato was able to win my heart from the very beginning with a powerful hook, and managed to keep my eyes glued to the pages, unable to stop reading. A huge success for a novel!" 
--Romuald Dzemo, author and book reviewer for San Francisco Book Review and Manhattan Book Review
"A masterpiece and refreshing new look at the YA genre. It is all go, all the way through. Fascinating story and well-written. Clearly Ms. Avampato has a very inventive imagination. This story pulled me in deep, and there was no letting go until the last page. I hope that this is the first of many." 
--Anne-Marie Reynolds, 5-Star Readers' Favorite Review
"For young readers who fall in love with Emerson, there's good news: in the final pages of the novel, Ms. Avampato sets the scene for Emerson's next adventure, in which books will continue to play a pivotal her sincere and lovely Author's Note, Ms. Avampato acknowledges that hard times will befall us all, and offers this advice, 'Develop your mind, your heart, and your hands. They are the three most powerful tools you have to build a better world.'" 
--Nancy Novick, West Side Rag
"Avampato creates a world fueled by imagination and wonder. She crafts a story that many young adult readers will enjoy, especially those with vivid imaginations and a love of books. Emerson's character is tremendously relatable and I wish that someone like her had existed when I was younger. I highly recommend Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters for not only young adult readers, but those who want to indulge their imagination with a positive story full of wonderful characters.'" --TheNerdyGirlExpress
"A radiant adventure. Captivating and mystifying. The young heroine is brilliant and inspiring, curious and bold, strong and vulnerable, loving and powerful. Emerson bravely follows the path set before her and lets her light shine."
--Cheryl E. Rodriguez
"A marvelous blend of mythology and epic fantasy. A big, imaginative, and beautiful coming of age tale that begs for a sequel. Most highly recommended. Emerson has an appealing combination of curiosity, strength and determination, and her interactions with her service dog, Friday, and the inventive genius, Truman, are wonderful to behold." 
--Jack Magnus

From the Author

Dear young adult,

I wrote this book for you for many reasons. One of the biggest is that we don't have enough women and girls at the center of young adult literature. So few books feature female protagonists, and there are almost no books in which a female protagonist takes control of her own life and destiny. As a young adult, I wanted someone to listen to me, to see me. Really listen to my ideas, my hopes, and my dreams, and care enough to understand how I saw the world. And I wanted someone to believe that I could make my dreams happen.

That hope brought Emerson Page into my imagination. A teenager who builds her own path through resilience, courage, and confidence, her touchstones are love and compassion. She's strong and brave, and she cares about others--exactly the heroine I wish I had when I was her age. She's the heroine you deserve to have now, and I'm so excited for you to meet her.

I want you to believe in the power of your creative spirit. It's my greatest wish for you that you live the most beautiful lives you can imagine. Develop your mind, your heart, and your hands. They are the three most powerful tools you have to build a better world, one of your own design. You can't always choose what happens to you. You can always choose your energy level, enthusiasm, and sense of hopefulness, and they will carry you through difficult times.

Life will undoubtedly hand you setbacks. When that happens, don't give up. Make the setback mean something. Use it as fuel to work even harder. I always wanted to write a book and have it published. That has been one of my biggest dreams. I spent five years thinking about Emerson, writing down notes and ideas here and there. Then I spent two years writing her story, and another year pitching it and getting it through production.

Fourteen people rejected this book before I found my publisher. (And those are just the ones who bothered to send a rejection reply at all. Many others never even did that.) Don't be afraid of rejection. Learn from it, but don't let it stop you from moving forward. Your ideas have merit. Keep looking for the people who appreciate you, and don't stop until you find them. You find what you look for. Believing is seeing. The book you hold in your hands right now is proof that dreams do come true so long as you don't give up.

This book is also about community, and the power we have when we believe in ourselves and in others. Be good to each other. And when you see someone in crisis, don't walk by. Help. You would want that help if the tables were turned, and someday they will be. Life is about give and take, and I've found that the more I give, the more it comes back to me.

More than anything, this book tells the story of a young person finding her way in a world that is often confusing and frustrating. The same thing happens to us from time to time at every age. When that happens to me, I look to the stars. They remind me that we're literally surrounded by miracles. That we are miracles. We are the stars and the stars are us, and we're all connected.

When Jasper explains Emerson's ancestry to her in the Library of Imagination, when Samuel sits with Max in the Crooked Willow Café, and when Nora finds Truman in the In-between, an adult is supporting and encouraging a young person who feels alone. No matter how old you are, I hope this book makes you feel less alone.

Whenever I feel down about the state of society, I remember that you will one day be in the driver's seat, and that helps me to keep going. You are the hope and light of this world. I'm cheering you on and I'm rooting for you. I believe in your value and the value of your ideas. The world needs you.

Wishing you the most wonderful life you can imagine,


Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B074P9S3M5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thumbkin Prints (November 1, 2017)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 1, 2017
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 644 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1694109410
  • Customer Reviews:
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Christa Avampato was born on a retired apple farm in the Hudson Valley of upstate New York. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and pursued her passion for theater by managing Broadway shows and national theater tours.

After getting her MBA at the Darden School at the University of Virginia, she spent five years in corporate America and then started her own boutique consulting practice to work with education-based nonprofits and startups such as Sesame Workshop, PBS, and the New York Public Library.

During that time, she grew her writing career as a freelancer for publications including The Washington Post, HuffPost, and Royal Media Partners magazines. She has been an invited speaker on the power of the imagination at SXSW, Games for Change, New York University, and Columbia University. Additionally, Christa is a Director of Product Development for a technology company that builds software for performing arts and cultural organizations.

Dedicated to helping young people find their own voices, Christa has served as a volunteer middle school and high school teacher for New York City public schools through Junior Achievement and a creative writing workshop facilitator for

Through it all, yoga has kept her focused, her rescue pup, Phineas, has kept her company, and her home in New York City has kept her inspired. This is the first novel in the Emerson Page Series.

Follow her on Twitter @christanyc and Instagram @christarosenyc, or visit her online at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Any Young Person Can Find Friendship with Emerson Page!
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My then nine-year old daughter read this book during her fourth grade year. She enjoyed this book so much that she talked to her teacher about it. We gifted her teacher a copy shortly thereafter, and I wrote the author to tell her what an impression the book was making. Ms. Avampato enthusiastically offered to assist the teacher in supporting a class reading of the book, and they teamed up to bring Emerson Page to the class. My daughter's class included children from all racial, religious, and economic backgrounds, yet each child was able to identify with something in Emerson's story. Ms. Avampato even joined the class via Skype after they finished reading to field questions and encourage them not to be afraid to write, take adventures and tell about them! This was an amazing end to the fourth grade year and really broke down the invisible barrier kids of this age feel - they think that only "Authors" can write well, and Ms. Avampato broke the stereotype and let them know that she, too, struggles with things like writer's block, revising, editing, and publishing. This book came to life LITERALLY for these kids thanks to Emerson and Christa Avampato! My daughter anxiously awaits the sequel to Emerson's story, and I think her classmates are too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure of a young girl's quest to ensure that imagination never dies
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Christa Avampato’s Emerson Page And Where The Light Enters is a charming, mystery-filled, high adventure tale with tons of heart. It’s a thirteen-year old girl’s coming of age into her understanding of her power (psyhological and mystical), a universal message of how imagination can take us anywhere. I love the daughter-father relationship, and also the impact, even in death, Emerson’s mother has on her development, and fate. Dynamic supporting characters help Emerson toward her goal of finding out the circumstances surrounding her mother’s death, and quest to ensure that human imagination never dies. And there’s a deliciously complicated villain who provides chills. A stand out, too, is Emerson’s very endearing connection with her dog, another source of strength and support as she navigates, much like Alice In Wonderland, into unknown worlds of wonderment, intrigue, and danger. While this is a YA novel it has crossover appeal for adult readers. With its magical, mystical, and mythological elements those who like Neil Gaiman or J.K. Rowling’s work will also enjoy, and look forward to the next books in this series.
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