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Yvonne Ventresca


“Black Flowers, White Lies”


New Jersey


Yvonne Ventresca is the award-winning author of “Black Flowers, White Lies” (IPPY Gold Medal for YA fiction) and Pandemic (SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award). In addition to her young adult novels, Yvonne’s other work includes two nonfiction books and several short stories selected for anthologies. She teaches revision at her local adult school and often gives workshops about craft-related techniques. You can learn more about her at, where she features resources for writers.

About "Black Flowers, White Lies"

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a special connection. Now, evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not a car accident as Mom claimed. When strange, supernatural signs appear, Ella wonders if Dad’s trying to tell her something, or if someone’s playing unsettling tricks. As the unexplained events become sinister, she finds herself terrified about who—or what—might harm her. Then the evidence points to Ella herself. What if, like Dad, she’s suffering a breakdown? Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.