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Kacen Callender Books In Order

Publication Order of Islands of Blood and Storm Books

Queen of the Conquered (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King of the Rising (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hurricane Child (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King and the Dragonflies (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Felix Ever After (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Kacen Callender is an award-winning American writer of middle grade, children’s fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction novels. He has written widely successful standalone books in his career, including Hurricane Child, Felix Ever After, Queen of the Conquered, etc. Hurricane Child has won the Stonewall Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award and the Lamda Award, both in 2019. Another popular book of author Kacen, This is Kind of an Epic Love Story, was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in 2019. Kacen was born as Kheryn Callender in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. His parents raised him in his hometown before he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Japanese from Sarah Lawrence College. Kacen also holds an MFA, which he obtained from the Writing for Children program at The New School. Before trying his luck in the field of writing, Kacen worked at Little, Brown as an editor.

Following the vast destruction by Hurricane Irma in 2018, he launched an online auction program to collect funds for relief purposes. Along with other professionals of the publishing world, Kacen raised $104,000 that was used to provide support and relief to the people of the US Virgin Islands. Being a Black, trans, and queer, he likes to use he/him and they/them pronouns. Currently, Kacen resides in Philadelphia. The debut book of author Kacen was published in 2018 under the title of Hurricane Child. Released by Scholastic, this novel describes the story of a 12-year-old girl born at the time of a hurricane, who thinks that she is cursed. When Kacen announced his next young adult book, Felix Ever After, in 2019, he decided to use the name Kacen instead of Kheryn. This novel depicts the life of a transgender teen, who gets involved in catfishing a batchmate for revenge and finds herself falling for him. Balzer + Bray has bought the publishing rights of the book and is expected to release it in 2020.

Another middle-grade book penned by Kacen is called King and the Dragonflies. It is also expected to be published in 2020. This novel explores sexuality and race and has the strength to make the readers realize the importance of removing these elements from the society for the social progress of everyone. In his spare time, Kacen likes to play video games a lot. He admires pet animals a lot and wishes to have a dog in his house. Kacen is extremely grateful for all the love & support he has received from his fans from all over the world. He hopes to keep their love and likes with all her future novels. Kacen intends to write many more interesting novels in the years to come and entertain the readers with all his dedication and passion.

A popular book penned by author Kacen Callender is entitled ‘Hurricane Child’. The Scholastic publication released it in 2018. Kacen has depicted the primary characters in this novel in the form of Kalinda and Carolina. The book opens by showing that Caroline is a twelve-year-old resident of Water Island. Because of her birth during a big hurricane, the other residents call her Hurricane Child. The town considered being born at the time of deadly storms as unlucky. So, Caroline undergoes numerous unlucky experiences. The pupils at the school hate Caroline. Even she goes through different heart-aching and saddening experiences that no other person goes through in the entire town.

One day, Caroline’s mother decides to leave without saying anything to her. This incident breaks Caroline from within and she begins to hate her existence even more. Later, she becomes fed up with seeing bad experiences and living a lonely life without any friends; and decides to track down her mother. A new girl named Kalinda joins Caroline’s school. Her arrival brings a change of luck for Caroline. Kalinda appears to have a calm and composed nature. This new girl from Barbados greets people smile and shows sympathy for Caroline. She too sees things just like Caroline. Because of having a common ability, they start bonding very well. After learning that Caroline is trying to locate her mother, Kalinda offers to help her in carrying out the search. Kalinda approaches a mysterious man with the hope that he might have some information about Caroline’s mother.

During their attempt to find where Caroline’s mom has gone, the girls realize that having a close female friend produces healing powers that help them to move ahead in life. This novel describes a deeply moving, complex, and amazing story about a queer black girl. Her story explores the elements of bullying, queer crushes, grief, love, family, homophobia, friendship, and shadism. Kacen has developed the plot with some kind of poetic, magical realism. Readers all over the world found this book quite authentic and interesting to read. This novel’s success motivated Kacen to write a few more exciting novels in his career.

Another exciting book of Kacen’s career is known as ‘Queens of the Conquered’. It features the lead character in the role of Sigourney Rose. Initially, she is introduced as the only living daughter of a noble family on the Hans Lollik islands. When she has small, her entire family was killed by the colonizers of the island. They have been massacring and enslaving innocent people for many generations and now, Rose is all prepared to take revenge. Sigourney Rose possesses a rare ability to read the minds of people and control them. When she comes to know that the islands’ childless king has declared to take a successor from one of the eligible noble lineages, she uses her special ability to manipulate her way into the ruling colonizers’ ranks. But, as soon as she arrives on the island to fight and take control, she becomes the target of unknown, dangerous magic.

Shortly after, people from ruling families start getting murdered and Sigourney Rose is seen as the prime suspect as has newly arrived and considered untrustworthy. Sigourney realizes that she must find some allies soon and catch the murderer before she becomes the next target. She also faces the fear of getting executed by the colonizers if she doesn’t succeed in proving her innocence well before the end of the deadline. This book also received many takers and was liked by most of them for its depiction of engaging characters and mind-blowing storyline.

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