Read An Exclusive Excerpt From Lydia Kang’s THE NOVEMBER GIRL

A girl made of wild magic meets her match in THE NOVEMBER GIRL!

Anda isn’t like other girls… because other girls aren’t chaotic forces of nature meant to destroy. Half-human, half-hurricane force, Anda is the daughter of the lake, responsible for the storms that tear apart the Lake Superior region and kill sailors in their wake.

Hector is a runaway looking to hide from his family on Anda’s tiny island home, even after all the residents have fled for the winter to avoid her storms. Anda and Hector form a sweet, careful relationship, but nothing can save them from her deadly force.

We’re thrilled to reveal an exclusive excerpt from The November Girl, in which Anda sets her sights on Hector for the very first time. Take a look!

I saw him on the ferry.

Every day, I’ve stood at the shore to watch the disinterested ferry pass by. The passengers are always the same, their faces set with familiar expressions of anticipation, or the green bitterness of seasickness, or the blankness of one who knows the lake and the Isle so well that nothing is new. But this boy was different.

We shared the same expression. And what’s worse, he could see me.

No one ever sees me at first glance. They don’t care to, they don’t want to, they want to but they can’t. If they’re searching hard enough for something, then sometimes it can happen. Father tries to explain why, but none of it matters. But this boy—this boy—he saw me. Immediately. And it felt terrible, when his eyes touched my skin. I search inwardly for a similar feeling, flipping through file cards of memory. And then I find it.

Magnifying glass. Sun. Dead aspen leaf. Boring a pinhole of smoke and fire with that focused sun.

Yes. Yes, that. That is what it felt like when he saw me.

I was standing on the shore, waiting for one more day to arrive, the day that everyone would leave and the island would be mine. The bamboo-like rushes were rotting underfoot, and the juniper behind me scented the wind with its spicy notes. Grebes flew overhead, too smart to stay near me. I could feel the eagerness of the boats, wanting to get away and dock for the winter, to be safe. I knew my father paced inside our home. Anxious to leave me alone. Frightened to leave me alone.

Standing on the shore, I let the icy lake water seep into my shoes, weighing me down. I watched the passenger boat pass by, the last one that would bring anyone onto the island. And I thought, Soon. Soon, you’ll all go far away. You don’t want to be here when November comes.

But this boy saw me.

No one ever sees me.

Run, Anda.

I listened to her voice and ran away, terrified.

The November Girl is out tomorrow, Novemver 7, 2017. You can preorder via…

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I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I’m half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.


Lydia Kang is a physician, geek-girl, and salt-addicted foodie who spends too much time instagramming her moody dog. She writes young adult fiction, adult fiction, and adult nonfiction, and lives in the Midwest with her husband and three kids.

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About Author

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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