Shaun David Hutchinson



Shaun David Hutchinson is the award-winning author of numerous books for young adults and the editor of multiple young adult anthologies. A native Floridian, Hutchinson currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he spends his free time running, baking, and designing virtual worlds. He can be found online at



11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor, Capitol View Room
Aftermath: Trauma in Young Adult Fiction
with Kathleen Glasgow, Shaun David Hutchinson, Liz Lawson, and Eric Smith

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 pm
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


From critically acclaimed Shaun David Hutchinson comes a “gripping, dynamic” (Booklist, starred review) portrayal of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up.

Virgil Knox was attacked by a monster.

Of course, no one in Merritt believes him. Not even after he stumbled into the busy town center, bleeding, battered, and bruised, for everyone to see. He’d been drinking, they said. He was hanging out where he wasn’t supposed to, they said. It must’ve been a bear, or a badger, or a gator—definitely no monster.

Virgil doesn’t think it was any of those things. He’s positive it was a monster. But being the new kid in a town where everybody knows everybody is hard enough as it is without being the kid who’s afraid of monsters, so he tries to keep a low profile.

Except he knows the monster is still out there. And if he isn’t careful, Virgil’s afraid it’ll come back to finish him off, or worse—that he’ll become one himself.


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