Jon Skovron in conversation with Diana Peterfreund

Join our online conversation between Jon Skovron and Diana Peterfreund, and help celebrate the release of Jon's debut middle grade novel, THE HACKER'S KEY! Jon and Diana both use science as part of their adventure books for middle grade audiences. From space travel in OMEGA CITY to tech infiltration in THE HACKER’S KEY, realism doesn’t have to be boring! They will discuss why science is so important in their work, and more! Bring your questions!

THE HACKER'S KEY is a thrilling cyber-doomsday action/adventure novel that's Ally Carter meets GAMER ARMY.


Ada Genet's father, Remy Genet, was one of the most infamous criminals in the world, specializing in infiltration, theft, and cybercrime. As far back as she can remember, Ada had been his accomplice. She helped him steal secrets from governments, weapons from terrorists, and money from just about everyone. BR/BR/But when the law finally caught up with them, Remy ended up in prison -- and Ada at a military boarding school, as a ward of the US Government. BR/BR/Now something called the Hacker's Key has been stolen from a secret UN installation. The Key could supposedly shut down every computer, smartphone, and internet-connected device simultaneously, causing mass chaos around the world. A Techno-Doomsday. BR/BR/A clue left behind at the scene points to Ada's father, but he's been in prison the whole time. Then Remy springs one last surprise. He'll speak, but only to one person -- his daughter, Ada.

Jon Skovron writes fantasy novels for adults and teens. His most recent fantasy trilogy, The Goddess War, begins with The Ranger of Marzanna. He is the author of several Young Adult novels, including Misfit (2011), which Holly Black called "a diabolically delightful paranormal about a teen girl discovering her inner strength and power — and her potential for darkness". Man Made Boy (2013) was a Junior Library Guild selection and shortlisted for the Inky Reader's Choice Award in Australia. said "If Man Made Boy hasn’t been optioned for a film or at least a CW series by the end of the year, we can be assured that Hollywood has actually forgotten how to read." The audiobook, which Jon recorded for Random House's Listening Library, was named Best Fiction Read By Author for Publisher Weekly's Listen-Up awards. The sequel, This Broken Wondrous World, also a Junior Library Guild selection, was published August, 2015. He lives with his two sons just outside Washington DC.

City of Ember meets The Goonies in the first novel of an exciting middle grade series, OMEGA CITY, from acclaimed author Diana Peterfreund!

Gillian Seagret doesn’t listen to people who say her father’s a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War–era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced them to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he’s right and plans to prove it.

When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Underberg’s diary in her father’s mess of an office, she thinks she’s found a big piece of the puzzle—a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg’s greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off on a journey deep into the earth, into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker.

But they aren’t alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore Omega City and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad’s reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg’s secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried...forever.

Diana Peterfreund is the author of many books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed YA novels For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea, and the “killer unicorn” novels Rampant and Ascendant. She lives with her family outside Washington, DC, in a house covered with bookshelves, and is always on the lookout for lost cities or stray rocketships. Omega City is her first middle-grade novel. Find out more about Diana and her books at

The Hacker's Key By Jon Skovron Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338633986
Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 1st, 2020

Omega City By Diana Peterfreund Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062310866
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 10th, 2017

Omega City: The Forbidden Fortress By Diana Peterfreund Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062310880
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 14th, 2017

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