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Thu, Feb 22


Plenty Downtown Bookshop

Author Event: M. Hendrix

Plenty is so proud to welcome author M. Hendrix, author of an excellent YA thriller “The Chaperone.”

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Author Event: M. Hendrix
Author Event: M. Hendrix

Time & Location

Feb 22, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Plenty Downtown Bookshop, 48 W Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA


About the event

The Chaperone has been a YA staff favorite at Plenty- for staff who don't even normally read YA! We think it compares strongly to something like The Handmaid's Tale, so if you liked that novel or even the show, you really will love this. It's a  coming-of-age about revolution, identity, and dismantling systematic oppression, perfect for fans of The Grace Year and The Handmaid's Tale.  


Like every young woman in New America, Stella knows the rules:  

Deflect attention.  

Abstain from sin.  

Navigate the world with care.  

Give obedience.  

Embrace purity.  

Respect your chaperone.  

Girls in New America must have a chaperone with them at all times . Because of this, Stella is never alone. She can’t go out by herself or learn about the world. She can’t even spend time with boys except at formal Visitations. Still, Stella feels lucky that her chaperone, Sister Helen, is like a friend to her.  

And then the unthinkable happens. 

Sister Helen dies suddenly, and Stella feels lost. Especially when she’s assigned a new chaperone just days later.  

Sister Laura is...different. She has radical ideas about what Stella should be doing. She leaves Stella alone in public and even knows how to get into the “Hush Hush” parties where all kinds of forbidden things happen. As Stella spends more time with Sister Laura, she begins to question everything she’s been taught. What if the Constables’ rules don’t actually protect girls? What if they were never meant to keep them safe?  Once Stella glimpses both real freedom and the dark truths behind New America, she has no choice but to fight back against the world she knows, risking everything to set out on a dangerous journey across what used to be the United States.  

About The Author:  M HENDRIX is the author of two previous books. She lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with her husband

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