Cori McCarthy started writing when she was thirteen. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ohio University in 2005, with a focus in memoir writing and poetry. After graduation she completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. Cori then served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at an elementary school in Appalachian Ohio before realizing her love for writing for young adults. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In geographical history, Cori was born in Guam, grew up in New England and the Midwest, studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, and now lives in Michigan with her family.
Narrated in multiple formats including word art poetry, graphic novel panels, and prose, this visually stunning story follows Jaycee Strangelove and an unlikely group of friends on a post-graduation adventure as Jaycee chases the memory of her late brother by completing the death-defying stunts that got him killed.
Jaycee’s companions: her ex-best friend, a slacker with Peter Pan syndrome, a heartbroken poet, and a selective mute all have their own reasons for attempting her brother’s dares. But as they delve deeper into the urban ruins that captivated Jaycee’s brother, from the petrifying remains of an insane asylum to the skeletal remnants of the world’s largest amusement park they learn a singular and unforgettable lesson on the truth about friendship, heartbreak, and inevitable change.
In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled thriller, America's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. "BREAKING SKY is an action-packed thrill ride that smashes through all kinds of barriers at a Mach 5 pace." —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Need series and co-editor of Dear Bully
Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.
Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx", isn't one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war ? and the country's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental "Streaker" jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn't play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
Cori McCarthy's taut, romantic, action adventure will shoot your pulse straight into overdrive with her brilliantly imagined and frighteningly possible future.