The Ascenders

The Ascenders

By C.L. Gaber

Young Adult Fantasy

482 Pages

Big Picture Media

Paperback – Kindle – Audiobook


Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn’t go to heaven or hell.

She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework.

No tests.


You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.

By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.

Sneak Peak Of First Words

I was told to unpack us, which was bad enough because everything was a jumble of disconnected things. I just couldn’t believe that Mom had blown out of Chicago in such a disorganized way. I found the big black frying pan in the dining room hutch and my bright-pink mini blow dryer in the kitchen pantry. Maybe this is how it starts with parents. One day they’re messing up the packing, the next they don’t know your name.

With all the hills surrounding us and the nearby sound of rushing water I heard in the distance, we had obviously moved to the upper part of Michigan or the UP as the Yuppers called it. Gazing out my bedroom window far down the quiet tree-lined street shadowed by what seemed like hundreds of tall pines, I wondered what suburb of Michigan I now called home. What was my zip code? What was my address? Was I a cheesehead now? Nope. That was saved for those who called Wisconsin home.

About The Author

C.L. Gaber writes YA fiction from her home in Nevada where she lives with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. She is also the co-author of Jex Malone.



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