• Bex Drate

Current Project: Half Tree

Updated: Jan 20

Be yourself. That’s what they say, but Allison Keller knows what they think. Since middle school, she has had the unpleasant experience of hearing the thoughts of everyone around her. After the truth lands her in therapy, she claims she made it all up and vows to keep her abilities a secret. High school is going just fine until she unwittingly uses her mind-reading to uncover a plot to murder her all-grown-up childhood best friend. Allie must choose between protecting JD and protecting her secret.

But then JD confesses that he can read minds, too, and Allie suspects that the strange events around her family’s farm are linked. The mystery of a missing student and a false arrest lead them to discover that JD’s father has been keeping secrets of his own — like the tiny fact that he’s being stalked by time-traveling DNA hunters. JD’s genes hold the key to a powerful weapon — a weapon promised to save millions of lives in the year 2264. But Allie can read between the lies.

Can Allie accept the power she loathes and rediscover her moxie to save JD — and just maybe — the future of humanity?

HALF TREE is a 90,000 word, young adult science fiction novel that matches the propelling mystery of Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus, with the morally ambiguous antagonist of This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada.

HALF TREE will be queried in the spring of 2020.