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Hana Hsu can’t wait to be meshed. If she can beat out half her classmates at Start-Up, a tech school for the city’s most talented twelve-year-olds, she’ll be meshed to the multiweb through a neural implant like her mom and sister. But the competition is fierce, and when her passion for tinkering with bots gets her mixed up with dangerous junkyard rebels, she knows her future in the program is at risk. Soon, Hana and her friends find themselves spying on one of the most powerful corporations in the country—and the answers about the mystery at Start-Up could be closer to home than Hana’s willing to accept. Will she be able to save her friends—and herself— from a conspiracy that threatens everything she knows?
Sylvia Liu is a children's book author and former environmental attorney. She writes middle grade novels and picture books, including Crab Nation, Manatee's Best Friend, and A Morning with Grandpa. She co-founded Kidlit411, a resource website for children's writers and illustrators. Sylvia grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and currently lives in Virginia Beach with her family.
Donna Barba Higuera grew up in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. Her middle grade and picture books are about kids who find themselves in odd and scary situations. Her books include Lupe Wong Won’t Dance and this year’s Newbery Medal Winner, The Last Cuentista. Donna lives in Washington State with her family.