Author: Diana Renn

Diana Renn writes contemporary novels for young adults, featuring globetrotting teens, international intrigue, and more than a dash of mystery. TOKYO HEIST (Viking/Penguin) was published in 2012, and her next novel, LATITUDE ZERO, releases from Viking/Penguin on July 3, 2014. Diana is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son.

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Latitude Zero

Latitude Zero
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780670015580
  • Release: 2014-07-03
  • Author: Diana Renn
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
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I have to run,” said Juan Carlos. You will call? Please? It is very important.”

Yes. I will call. Definitely. At two.”  

That’s what Tessa promises. But by two o’clock, young Ecuadorian cycling superstar Juan Carlos is dead, and Tessa, one of the last people ever to speak to him, is left with nothing but questions. The media deems Juan Carlos’s death a tragic accident at a charity bike ride, but Tessa, an aspiring investigative journalist herself, knows that something more is going on. While she grapples with her own grief and guilt, she is being stalked by spies with an insidious connection to the dead cycling champion. Tessa’s pursuit of an explanation for Juan Carlos’s untimely death leads her from the quiet New England backwoods to bustling bike shops and ultimately to Ecuador itself, Juan Carlos’s homeland. As the ride grows bumpy, Tessa no longer knows who’s a suspect and who is an ally. The only thing she knows for sure is that she must uncover the truth of why Juan Carlos has died and race to find the real villain before the trail goes cold.

Age Range: 12 and up / Grade Level: 7 and up


Tokyo Heist

Tokyo Heist
  • Number: 9780142426548
  • Release: 2013-06-13
  • Author: Diana Renn
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Speak
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The perfect mystery for fans of Ally Carter's Heist Society

When sixteen-year-old Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming artist in Seattle, she has no idea what she's walking into. Her father's newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are in danger--including Violet's and her father's.

Violet's search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery--before it's too late.

Age Range: 12 and up / Grade Level: 7 and up


Strategies for College Success - A Study Skills Guide

Strategies for College Success
  • Number: 9780472030606
  • Release: 2005-02-25
  • Author: Diana Renn
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Non-fiction, Learning & Education, New Adult & College
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/ELT
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Strategies for College Success introduces students to the language and culture of college. Designed primarily for near-native English speakers who are planning to attend or are just beginning their time at an American college, this textbook presents skills and strategies that will help students succeed academically and adjust to the cultural aspects of college life. It provides a wealth of study tips and strategies, which are outlined in the front of the book, to ensure academic success.

Key features of this integrated-skills textbook include:

*Authentic cross-curricular readings in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and business

*Academic lectures similar to those found on the Next Generation TOEFL® Test

*Carefully sequenced questions, activities, and writing prompts

*Both individual and collaborative activities

*A section of the book devoted to academic writing

*"Orientation" sections to begin familiarizing students with college culture

*Test-taking strategies

*Strategies to build graphic literacy

*Self-assessment charts and questions

Strategies for College Success may be used for a general study skills class or as a supplementary text for a class with a writing focus. An audio CD is also available.


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