Title: Dickensen Academy
Author: Christine Grabowski
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.
Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.
When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?
What makes this a must-listen audiobook?
The audiobook has a 4.8-rating, and the book a 4.7-star rating based on nearly 90 Amazon and Audible reviews. Readers say it appeals to tweens through adults, the plot keeps you guessing until the end, and the narrator did an wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.
When she isn’t reading, writing, or editing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.
Kaitlin Cohen is an actress living in Kansas City. She’s studied acting for over a decade and has experience in film, theatre, voiceover, and narration. She was thrilled to be chosen to narrate Dickensen Academy. She adores YA novels and a good fantasy story. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her rescue pups, Maximus and Buffy, and going on adventures with her husband, Brian.
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