Paula Chase Hyman

Middle Grade and Young Adult Author

Keeping It Reel by author Paula Chase Hyman

Keepin’ It Real

Marigold Johnson is looking forward to a future full of family, friends, and fashion—but what will she do when it all explodes in her face? When she discovers that her entire life is a lie?

Paula Chase, the author of So Done, Dough Boys, and Turning Point, explores betrayal, conformity, and forgiveness—and what it means to be family—in this stand-alone novel perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.

Marigold Johnson can’t wait to attend a special program at her family’s business, Flexx Unlimited, for teens who love fashion. But Mari quickly realizes that she’s out of place compared to the three other trainees—and one girl, Kara, seems to hate her on sight.

As tension builds and the stakes at the program get higher, Mari uncovers exactly why Kara’s been so spiteful. She also discovers some hard truths about herself and her family.

Paula Chase explores complex themes centering on friendships, family, and what it means to conform to fit in. Keeping It Real is also a powerful exploration of what happens when parents pick and choose what they shield their children from. Timely and memorable, Paula Chase’s character-driven story touches on creativity, art, fashion, and music. A great choice for the upper middle grade audience.

 

“This will resonate with tweens and teens who are gaining an understanding of who they are and where they fit in.” – Booklist

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Marigold Johnson can’t wait to attend a special program at her family’s business, Flexx Unlimited, for teens who love fashion. But Mari quickly realizes that she’s out of place compared to the three other trainees—and one girl, Kara, seems to hate her on sight.

As tension builds and the stakes at the program get higher, Mari uncovers exactly why Kara’s been so spiteful. She also discovers some hard truths about herself and her family.

Paula Chase explores complex themes centering on friendships, family, and what it means to conform to fit in. Keeping It Real is also a powerful exploration of what happens when parents pick and choose what they shield their children from. Timely and memorable, Paula Chase’s character-driven story touches on creativity, art, fashion, and music. A great choice for the upper middle grade audience.

Upper Middle Grade Books

Turning Point by author Paula Chase Hyman
Turning Point
Dough Boys by author Paula Chase Hyman
Dough Boys
So Done by author Paula Chase Hyman
So Done

Young Adult Books

So Not The Drama by author Paula Chase Hyman

So Not The Drama

1st Del Rio Bay Novel

Don’t Get it Twisted by author Paula Chase Hyman

Don’t Get it Twisted

2nd Del Rio Bay Novel

That’s What’s Up! by author Paula Chase Hyman

That’s What’s Up!

3rd Del Rio Bay Novel

Who You Wit? by author Paula Chase Hyman

Who You Wit’?

4th Del Rio Bay Novel

Flipping the Script by author Paula Chase Hyman

Flipping the Script

5th Del Rio Bay Novel

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Paula Chase-Hyman doesn’t mind being known as a Jane of all trades, Queen of none.

But a single theme has followed throughout her career in communications—keeping her finger on the pulse of teen culture. From starting her own mentoring group at Annapolis Senior High School in ’94 to coaching her Green Hornet cheerleaders to Grand Champion (ahem, twice), Chase-Hyman refuses to squash her inner teen diva. Luckily, her long memory for all things young led to a career writing young adult novels.

Librarians and Teachers

Looking for a Keynote for conferences and professional development meetings? The author has developed a special presentation based on her years advocating for literary inclusion designed to help educators diversify their curation practices. Contact for more information and fee schedule.

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