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From Antarctica’s biting katabatic gusts to Hawai‘i’s sweet-smelling moani, discover fourteen winds of the world through poetry, scientific facts, and transporting illustrations.

Melanie Crowder is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers.

Her debut picture books release in 2024: GREAT GUSTS: Winds of the World and the Science Behind Them and SEA WOLVES: Keepers of the Rainforest.

Melanie’s award-winning YA novels include: JUMPER, MAZIE, AUDACITY, and AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY.

She writes middle grade novels of all sorts including THREE PENNIES, A NEARER MOON, and THE LIGHTHOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS duology.

Melanie teaches creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. A West Coast girl at heart, she lives with her family under the big blue Colorado sky.

In a ripped-from-the-headlines story, nineteen-year-old Blair’s passion for fighting fires lands her a spot with the Forest Service and sets her on a wilderness adventure that quickly turns catastrophic.

a YALSA Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers selection

Reading the West Book Award longlist

a 2023 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

A “Pulse-pounding thriller.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Never less than riveting.” –Kirkus, starred review 

Now available in hardcover and audiobook!

“Bighearted, exuberant.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review

a Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book of the Year

Now available in paperback and audiobook!