Introducing the Latest Release in Young Adult Fiction,
RISING STAR, Now Available !


RISING STAR is this year’s must-read young adult novel

The highly anticipated YA novel is the first in THE RISE AND FALL OF DANI TRUEHART SERIES from debut YA author Michele Kwasniewski.

Best Young Adult Fiction Novel Rising Star

About RISING STAR, a New Young Adult Novel

In the first book in THE RISE AND FALL OF DANI TRUEHART series, RISING STAR, fifteen-year-old Dani Truehart is living a life that is not quite her own. On the brink of discovery, doubts begin to creep into Dani’s mind as she questions her own desire for fame. She wonders whether she can trust the motivations of the adults who are driving her forward.

Isolated from her life at home and trying to stay apace with her demanding schedule, Dani struggles to find her voice as an artist and stay connected to those she loves. Finding herself unprepared to handle the pressures of her future singing career, Dani’s debut album and future stardom are at risk of falling apart.


While [Rising Star] is an obvious must-read for its YA audience, I think you will love it if you once were a teenage girl (I was not) or parent to one (I was).

J. Perez-Gillespie

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Soon Orange County, CA Readers Will Be Able To Borrow A Copy of RISING STAR From Their Local Library!

This is an absolutely amazing debut novel from this writer. Her marriage of engaging characters and interesting stories is simply outstanding. While it is an obvious must-read for its YA target audience, I think you will love it if you once were a teenage girl (I was not) or parent to one (I was). The way this writer guides us through the trials and tribulations of Dani Truehart trying to navigate the path from adolescence to young adulthood—while in the public eye—is amazing. What a treat!

J. Perez-Gillespie

Rising Star is such a sweet read. The reader is swept along with Dani on her life-long journey from shy people-pleaser to budding pop star. Dani struggles to find a balance between the two worlds…her newly found stardom and her beloved ordinary family and friends. At the center of it all, is her domineering stage mom. This is a very fun read!

D. Tarvin