By M.K. Hutchins

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There's no place for love on the shores of Hell.

Tenjat lives on the shores of Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous naga monsters. His island, a massive Turtle, is slowed by the people living on its back. Tenjat is poor as poor gets: poor enough, even, to condescend to the shame of marriage, so his children can help support him one day.

But Tenjat has a plan to avoid this fate. He will join the Handlers, those who defend and rule the island. Handlers never marry, and they can even provide for an additional family member. Against his sister’s wishes, Tenjat joins the Handlers. And just in time: the Handlers are ramping up for a dangerous battle against the naga monsters, and they need every fighter they can get.

As the naga battle approaches, Tenjat’s training intensifies, but a long-hidden family secret—not to mention his own growing feelings for Avi—put his plans in jeopardy, and might threaten the very survival of his island.

About the Creators

Thumb_mk_hutchins__main__for_site M.K. Hutchins - Author

M.K. Hutchins has had short fiction appear in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and Daily Science Fiction. She studied archaeology at BYU, which gave her the opportunity to compile histories from Maya glyphs, excavate in Belize, and work as a faunal analyst. She blogs about books, board games, and fiction-inspired recipes at Drift is her debut novel.

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Hardcover: 9781620141458

E-Book: 9781620141465


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Top Shelf for Middle School Readers

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Interest Level:

Grades 6 - 12

Reading Level:

Grades 7 - 12


Dreams & Aspirations, Families, Fantasy, Heroism, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Native American Interest, Overcoming Obstacles, Siblings, YA interest, Collaboration, Conflict resolution, Courage, Farming, Friendship, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Leadership, Persistence/Grit, Teen Interest

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