Joelle Charbonneau began telling stories as an opera singer, but these days she finds her voice through writing. She lives near Chicago with her husband and son and when she isn’t writing, works as an acting and vocal coach.
Praise for The Testing:
* "Charbonneau works action, romance, intrigue, and a plausible dystopian premise into a near-flawless narrative."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
#1 Summer 2013 Kids' Indie-Next Pick
VOYA Top Shelf for Middle School Readers 2013 list
“The Testing is a chilling and devious dystopian thriller that all fans of The Hunger Games will simply devour. Joelle Charbonneau writes with guts and nerve but also great compassion and heart. Highly recommended.”
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Rot & Ruinand Flesh & Bone
"I galloped through this excellent read; I was in suspense the whole time."
—Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
"There is nothing standardized about this Testing. Charbonneau's imagination will surprise readers at every turn."
—Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness
"Action-packed and full of twists, The Testingwill keep you guessing until the very last page—and desperate for the next book!"
—Erica O'Rourke, author of the Torn Trilogy
"Charbonneau jumps into the packed dystopia field with a mashup of Veronica Roth's Divergentand Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, but she successfully makes her story her own."
"Charbonneau is a fantastic story teller and this book is a tribute to that background. The intrigue in The Testing passes evaluation of what a good dystopian novel should represent."
"The plot twists are well integrated and will keep readers on edge awaiting the next volume."
"The influence of The Hunger Games is obvious, and The Testing will satisfy readers who want similar dystopian adventures."
—School Library Journal
"The Testing is a page-turner! Charbonneau has written a novel with that excellent combination of strong romantic heart and gripping plot that's sure to fully engage Dystopian fans."
—Emmy Laybourne, author of Monument 14
"Trained to rely on her wits, Cia must survive on her courage and trust her instincts, even when it means following her heart ever deeper into danger. A surefire favorite for dystopian fans, THE TESTING crackles with suspense, passion and betrayal set against a scarred and brutal world."
—Sophie Littlefield, author of Unforsaken and Hanging By A Thread
"Fast-paced and full of crosses and double-crosses, right to the cliffhanger ending."