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Read Local: THE DISASTERS Book Launch Party

December 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Celebrate the release of Crozet librarian M.K. England’s debut novel, The Disasters, a wild YA space adventure published by HarperCollins. Enjoy spacey snacks and swag, a photobooth, and a discussion and Q&A with the author led by Sarah Glenn Marsh, Richmond-based author of Reign of the Fallen. A signing will follow, with book sales provided by Crozet’s own Over the Moon Bookstore. Preorders available through all book retailers, including Over the Moon. Event for grades 5+, book recommended for ages 14+.

Registration requested but not required beginning November 15. Register online at

More info about the book can be found at

About the book:

The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this YA sci-fi adventure by debut author M. K. England.

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours. But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy.

Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run, Nax and his fellow failures plan to pull off a dangerous heist to spread the truth. Because they may not be “Academy material,” and they may not even get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

Full of high-stakes action, subversive humor, and underdogs becoming heroes, this YA sci-fi adventure is perfect for fans of Illuminae, Heart of Iron, or the cult classic TV show Firefly and is also a page-turning thrill ride that anyone—not just space nerds—can enjoy.


“An action-packed, entertaining blend of space hijinks, humor, and romance.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“If humankind requires saving, then this is the crew to do it.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This laugh-out-loud sci-fi action-adventure will leave readers wanting more.”
— School Library Journal

“Much to recommend: nonstop cinematic action, strong feminist messages, and great diversity of characters.”
— ALA Booklist

“A clever, cosmic thrill ride packed with nonstop action and starring a motley crew that won me over from page one. The Disasters is just too much fun!”
— Mackenzi Lee, New York Times Bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

“Wildly entertaining and crackling with chemistry. Nax and his crew will crash land in your heart and leave you filled with laughter and hope.”
— Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

“The Disasters is a BLAST from start to finish! Absurd levels of fun, fantastic pacing, a captivating and deep universe, and lovable authentic characters bring this rollicking adventure to life. Looking for a book you can’t put down? Pick up THE DISASTERS. Mission accomplished.”
— Katherine Locke, author of The Girl with the Red Balloon (2018 Sydney Taylor Honor Book) and The Spy with the Red Balloon.

“The Disasters is an explosion of edge-of-your-seat twists and high-stakes danger that leaves you glued to the page and rooting for these lovable misfits. I wanted a snarky romp across the galaxy, and M.K. England delivered with the force of a supernova.”
— Ashley Poston, author of Geekerella and Heart of Iron


December 18, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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