Self-esteem for older teens is hard to come by. In Brooke Carter's first novel for and about teens, Another Miserable Love Song (Orca 2016), a girl down on her luck looks to join a punk band. Two concerns nag the heroine, Kallie Echo: will she find new purpose in punk? And will the drummer with a killer smile break her heart? In Carter's second, Learning Seventeen (Orca 2018), smart and sarcastic Jane Learning feels she is been held captive in a Baptist reform school called New Hope Academy. A gorgeous bad girl with fiery hair, Hannah, persuades her there's hope beyond the confines of the reform school that Jane prefers to call No Hope.

Carter's first poetry collection, Poco Loco (Anstruther Press 2016) was published as a chapbook.

Brooke Carter was born and raised in British Columbia, where she earned an MFA in creative writing at UBC and makes her home in Maple Ridge. Her stories, poems and articles have appeared in literary journals and national magazines.

BOOKS

Another Miserable Love Song (Orca 2016) $9.95 Ages 12+ 9781459813120

Poco Loco (Anstruther Press 2016) $10 978-0-9948146-8-5

Learning Seventeen (Orca 2018) $9.95 978-1-459815-53-7

Lucky Break (2018) $9.95 978-14598164-11

Unbroken Hearts Club (Orca 2018) $9.95 978-1-45982-061-6

[BCBW 2018]