Posted in fiction, Spotlight, Young Adult on October 11, 2014



Part Lolita, part Catcher in the Rye, White Chalk breaks all the rules.

Chelle isn’t what most people consider a typical 13-year-old girl—she doesn’t laugh with friends, play sports, or hang out at the mall after school. Instead, she navigates a world well beyond her years.

Life in Dawson, ND spins on as she grasps at people, pleading for someone to save her—to return her to the simple childhood of unicorns on her bedroom wall and stories on her father’s knee.

When Troy Christiansen walks into her life, Chelle is desperate to believe his arrival will be her salvation. So much so, she forgets to save herself. After experiencing a tragedy at school, her world begins to crack, causing a deeper scar in her already fragile psyche.

Follow Chelle’s twisted tale of modern adolescence, as she travels down the rabbit hole into a reality none of us wants to admit actually exists.


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Ann Pearlman, Pulitzer Prize Nominee and Author of The Christmas Cookie Club said Tyler’s eye for what happens to many of our teenagers, and the psychological burdens of growing up too fast, too ignored, too alone, too poor are spot on and insightful.”

Rachel Thompson, Award-Winning Author of Broken Pieces calls White Chalk “a primer on the brutal effects of abuse, neglect, and self-esteem.”

About the Author

Pavarti TylerAward-winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K. Tyler can be found with Doc Martens strapped on over fishnets, but a girlish giggle as easily and likely as a throaty guffaw.

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