J.L. Powers is the author of two novels for young adults, The Confessional and This Thing Called the Future, as well as the editor of an anthology of essays for all ages, That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone.
That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone
"Coming of age during a time of war: fighting, dying, surviving. Seventeen first-person accounts from around the world. "Uplifting tales of survival… War’s most vulnerable victims have their say.”--Kirkus
This Thing Called the Future
"Despite pervasive HIV and the specter of rape, as well as the restrictions on girls’ freedom that are her society’s only response, Khosi manages to find her power, refuse to be a victim, and carve out a future for herself that embraces both the modern and the traditional."--The Horn Book Magazine
"This distinctly modern vision of adolescence morphs silkily into a clever noir adaptation…. Murder, mystery, and detection pulse through this complex book, keeping readers feverishly wondering who done it and why." -School Library Journal