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Jessica Khoury, wildly popular author of young adult hardcover fiction, including the critically acclaimed Origin, Vitro, brings us KALAHARI, her latest release which Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, will place on sale February 24th, 2015.


Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?

When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.

But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.

In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.

Author of KALAHARI

Jessica Khoury is of Syrian and Scottish descent and was born in Toccoa, Georgia. She wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she’s dreamed of being an author.

Jess draws inspiration from many places: her travels all over the world, the mountains where she’s always lived, the innumerable stories she’s consumed over the years, and her faith. Her books are built on all of these.

When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family and directing theater for college and student groups.

Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband, two dogs, and an abundance of books, shoes, and sweet tea. She is the author of Origin, Vitro, and KALAHARI, her latest book. You can visit her online at

Praise for KALAHARI

“A blend of survival/adventure, sci-fi, and first love, KALAHARI is grounded in the resourceful courage of a girl raised in the African bush. Thrilling, unpredictable, irresistible . . . six teenagers in dire straits, and the suspense never lets up. Readers will flock to Jessica Khoury’s masterful prose and storytelling.”
—Will Hobbs, author of Far North and Never Say Die

“The novel is part adventure, part science fiction and part love story, all parts in service to its theme of exploring independence and responsibility…a gripping adventure.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Survivor meets James Bond in this page-turning mix of realism and science fiction. The plot speeds along at a breathless pace, one crisis leading to another. Sarah’s difficulty juggling the varied personalities of her charges, along with the responsibility of keeping them alive, is both genuine and poignant. A wealth of factual information about the Kalahari is woven skillfully into the body of the narrative, grounding the story in reality despite the element of the mysterious virus. This book should appeal to a wide range of readers and offers something unique both in plot and characterization.”

“Khoury’s latest novel is enthralling and filled with suspense, taking readers on a roller coaster ride.”
—School Library Journal

Author of KALAHARI

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