Colleen Nelson & Nancy Chappell-Pollack


A Novel

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Best for ages 12-15

Following the events of Pulse Point, 12-year old Ama and the other Underlanders living in a world of darkness dig for brine, the City’s real energy source. Underland is a dangerous place: cave-ins, starvation and illness are constant threats. When their leader deserts them, Ama goes looking for him and stumbles on two Citizens. Neither knew the other existed.

18-year old Sari lives in the City, blissfully unaware of what goes on beneath her feet. The disappearance of her best friend, Kaia, has left her feeling isolated. A chance encounter with her sister leads her to join a group called the Resistance who are on a secret mission to reveal the secrets the Council keeps hidden.

When Kaia mounts an attack on the City, Sari and Ama are thrown together in a battle that will decide their futures and the fate of the City.

Praise for Pulse Point

2020 MYRCA Northern Lights Nominee

2019 SYRCA finalist

Forest of Reading 2018 Teen Committee Summer Reading pick

“It’s a tense read with all the attributes of great YA: relationship drama, interfering progenitors (i.e., parents), burgeoning romance, secrets, confusion, and conflict … Look carefully and you’ll see how Pulse Point‘s worlds could be our own.” — CanLit for LittleCanadians

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About the Author

Colleen Nelson & Nancy Chappell-Pollack

COLLEEN NELSON earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in her hometown of Winnipeg. Her previous novels include Sadia, winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, Blood Brothers, selected as the 2018 McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People, and Pulse Point, selected as one of the CBC’s Most Anticipated YA Books of 2018. Colleen writes daily in between appearances at hockey rinks and soccer fields in support of her two sports-loving sons.

NANCY CHAPPELL-POLLACK initially started writing for her career in communications, but once a maternity leave yielded more time with her sister Colleen Nelson, an award-winning author, a likely partnership was formed.  Colleen is the heavy in the writing relationship, with Nancy providing some insight or perspective as the process progresses.  Nancy lives in Winnipeg with her four children and her husband.