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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rena Barron  

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Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Barron lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school.


Rena and the Rising Dark , Starred Reviews - Kirkus and School Library Journal

Kingdom of Souls , Starred Review - School Library Journal

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Kingdom of Souls
ISBN: 0062870955. OCLC Number: 1078883267

HarperTeen. .

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval. There's only one thing Arrah hasn't tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom's children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit. She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees... unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Maya and the Rising Dark
ISBN: 132863518X. OCLC Number: 1100443518

HMH. .

A twelve-year-old girl discovers her father is the keeper of the gateway between our world and The Dark, and when he goes missing she'll need to unlock her own powers and fight a horde of spooky creatures set on starting a war--

Reaper of Souls
ISBN: 006287098X. OCLC Number: 1155162727