Mass Disturbance

YA Contemporary

by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Fall 2019 – Sourcebooks (US)

This debut YA contemporary, by young authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, is told in alternating points of view of two girls, one black and one white, over one night when a fight breaks out at a racially divided high school.
After a fight breaks out at their high school football game, popular-black-girl Lena and new-white-girl-in-town Campbell must work together to escape a situation that quickly escalates into a riot. But tonight, nowhere is safe. Though Lena and Campbell barely know one another, they must rely on each other to try to survive the night.
Kimberly Jones is the former Store Manager of Little Shop of Stories children’s book store in Decatur, Georgia, and is currently Director of Development for Talent Connect, a talent management firm and production company. She has served on the Selection Committee for Library of Congress’ 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2015 Children’s Choice Illustrator Committee for The Children’s Book Council, and the advisory board that created the Creative and Innovative Education Master’s Degree program at Georgia State University. She has been featured in RedbookPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal, and was Book Brahmin in an issue of Shelf Awareness. James Patterson, in partnership with the American Booksellers Association, chose her out of over 3,000 booksellers to receive a bonus for her outstanding work around the country. She lives in Atlanta, and is the proud mother of a gifted boy.
Gilly Segal grew up in Florida, came of age in Israel, where she served in the IDF and graduated from Hebrew University, and finally decided to call Decatur, Georgia home. She’s a lawyer for an advertising agency, which she thinks is just about the coolest lawyer job out there. But her true love is writing, which she’s been doing in one form or another since she wrote a Sunfire YA romance fanfic on a typewriter. Although she will confess it was titled CLAUDIA, she will neither confirm nor deny that any copies still exist. When Gilly’s not reading and writing, she can be found exploring Decatur with her three kids and searching bakeries the world over for the perfect French macaron.