​​​After a harrowing first semester, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley returns to Desert Mountain Academy to quietly complete her junior year—but at a Black-Ops training facility for the CIA, nothing stays quiet for long. When she’s hunted by an ex-teammate during her first survival course, Nadia's semester takes a terrifying turn. Her relentless pursuer has been tasked with one final mission. If he succeeds, it will cost Nadia her life. 

(BOOK ONE)

DESERT DARK

Booklist: "It’s a thrilling ride, packed with espionage techniques and black ops strategies. As in the series opener . . . readers are kept guessing about characters and their true loyalties until the very end. Recommend to fans of spy fiction or anyone looking for a sophisticated page-turner."

Kirkus Review: "With secrets around every corner and an exciting premise, this thriller will keep readers guessing right to the very last page. (Thriller. 12-16)"

DARK DIVIDE by Sonja Stone (A Desert Dark Novel)
FIRST 7 CHAPTERS

(excerpt provided by Holiday House)


Blacklisted by her ex-boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley transfers to an elite boarding school hidden deep in the Sonoran Desert. Turns out, it’s a top-secret training facility for the Black-Ops Division of the CIA. When she’s framed for treason, Nadia’s situation takes a deadly turn: the real double agent will stop at nothing to remain concealed—including an attempt on Nadia’s life.

DESERT DARK by Sonja Stone (Book 1 in the Desert Dark Series)
Sonja Stone

(BOOK TWO)

DARK DIVIDE

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HOLIDAY HOUSE, JULY 2018

Kirkus Review: "The perilous intricacies of espionage run deeper than ever in this high-octane sequel. . . . A jaw-dropping second installment ready for a third. (Thriller. 12-16)”

Publishers Weekly: "A mix of all-too-real war games, teenage love conundrums, and a tenacious heroine makes this an engaging first outing. Ages 12–up."

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FIRST 7 CHAPTERS

(excerpt provided by Holiday House)