Jessie Atkin
author, procrastinator, nerd, twin
author of We Are Savages

Jessie Atkin

"This is a solid YA novel with a gripping plot and a strong female protagonist at its center."

-Publishers Weekly*


"It's a rare young writer who can bring such intense energy, quick-wittedness, and clearly defined characters to life on the page."

-Gina Barreca, author of It's Not That I'm Bitter and Babes in Boyland


We Are Savages is the story of 12 year old Tris and what she finds when she runs from the responsibility of her household and descends through a rain grate into the child run world of Nowhere. "You go to bed angry or sad enough you can wake up just about anywhere," the Savages tell her.  Nowhere is a brick utopia hidden in the sewers; made up of sweets, sports, hammocks, and fireflies.  But even this haven, free of parents and protocol, is not everything it seems.  Haunted by dark specters known only as Phocydes, feared for their reputation of consuming children whole, Tris works both to hunt and to hide from these hooded shadows.  But something about them is familiar; something about them fires her curiosity more than her fear.  And Tris slowly begins to realize that, no matter where you go, fear and responsibility are not things you can escape. The only thing to do is face them.

*(Review of Manuscript)