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In the pause: TheNerdyGirlExpress review of my book, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters

I am so excited to share the review that Katherine at TheNerdyGirlExpress gave to my novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters. I encourage you to hop over to their site and check out all of their wonderful contact. The text of Katherine’s review is below along with links to all of her other online content hubs.

“Christa Avampato creates a world fueled by imagination and wonder in her first novel Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters. This story focuses on title character Emerson, who is a strong and caring thirteen year old with powers beyond even her wildest imagining. After the tragic death of her mother five years before, she has begun to learn that she is not just a book lover, but someone who holds a powerful light that will change everything she has ever known.

Emerson has been coping with her mother’s death, but knows very little about what truly happened. After a terrifying woman enters her favorite book shop she begins to learn that her mother was part of a centuries old order connected to the Muses of ancient times. Emerson’s own connection to this ancient power begins to grow as she finds herself and those she loves being thrust into dangerous situations that all relate back to the terrifying woman, Cassandra. Over the course of the novel Emerson will have to accept her own power and learn how to control it. While she is trying to understand everything around her, Emerson’s inner strength shines through and is what will ultimately decide the fate of all imagination as we know it.

Avampato crafts a story that many young adult readers will enjoy, especially those with vivid imaginations and a love of books. Emerson’s character is tremendously relatable and I wish that someone like her had existed when I was younger. Avampato echoes this same sentiment in her Author’s Note where she says to the young adult reader who has picked up this book that “I wrote this book for you for many reasons. One of the biggest is that we don’t have enough women and girls in the center of young adult literature. So few books feature female protagonists, and there are almost no books in which a female protagonist takes control of her own life and destiny.” Not only is Emerson a strong female character, but Avampato includes strong women who assist Emerson along her journey of discovery. I highly recommend Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters for not only young adult readers, but those who want to indulge their imagination with a positive story full of wonderful characters.

You can find Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters for sale now.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on Twitter, @thenerdygirlexp. You can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my blog,, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, and I run The Nerdy Girl Express Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp.”

About Christa Avampato

The short of it: Writer. Health, education, and art advocate. Theater and film producer. Visual artist. Product geek. Proud alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (MBA). Inspired by ancient wisdom & modern tech. Proliferator of goodness. Opener of doors. Friend to animals. Fan of creative work in all its wondrous forms. I use my business skills to create passion projects that build a better world. I’ve been called the happiest New Yorker, and I try hard to live up to that title every day. The long of it: My career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, entertainment, technology, and financial services. I’ve been a product developer and product manager, theater manager, strategic consultant, marketer, voice over artist, , teacher, and fundraiser. I use my business and storytelling to support and sustain passion projects that build a better world. In every experience, I’ve used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, programs, and events. While building a business career, I also built a strong portfolio as a journalist, novelist, freelance writer, interviewer, presenter, and public speaker. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post,,, Royal Media Partners publications, and The Motley Fool on a wide range of topics including business, technology, science, health, education, culture, and lifestyle. I have also been an invited speaker at SXSW, Teach for America, Avon headquarters, Games for Change, NYU, Columbia University, Hunter College, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The first book in my young adult book series, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, was acquired by a publisher and launched in November 2017. I’m currently working on the second book in the series. A recovering multi-tasker, I’m equally at home in front of my Mac, on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I also cut up small bits of paper and put them back together as a collage artist. My company: I’m bringing together all of my business and creative career paths as the Founder of Double or Nothing Media: • I craft products, programs, and projects that make a difference; • I build the business plans that make what I craft financially sustainable; • I tell the stories that matter about the people, places, and products that inspire me. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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