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Novel Ideas

By Summer Batte
May 2021

What do a hyperorganized seventh grader, a young woman living in disguise and an aerial-skills artist have in common? They were all dreamed up by Stanford students. As if college life weren’t packed with enough things to do, three women worked on novels for young readers while they were undergrads, then got them published during a pandemic. Going by the titles, you might assume that’s where the similarities end. But that would be judging three books by their covers.

Photos, clockwise from top left: Aidan Biggar, ’18; Bryan Aldana, ’20; Katrina Voorhees

Diagram of selected books

Summer Batte, ’99, is the editor of Stanfordmag.org. Email her at summerm@stanford.edu.