Arvin  Ahmadi-Girl Gone Viral

Arvin Ahmadi

Bio

Arvin Ahmadi grew up outside Washington, DC. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he’s not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. He is the author of Down and Across and Girl Gone Viral.

Sessions

The Future Is Ours

With these sci-fi novels, authors Arvin Ahmadi (Girls Gone Viral), C.B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series) and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia series) show why it's so important to have new heroes and new faces in new worlds.

Mayra Cuevas

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mayra Cuevas is a professional journalist and fiction writer who prefers love stories with a happy ending. Her debut fiction short story was selected by author Becky Albertalli to appear in the Foreshadow YA serial anthology in 2019. She is currently a special projects producer for CNN. She keeps her sanity by practicing Buddhist meditation and serving on the Board of Directors of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. She lives with her husband, also a CNN journalist, and their cat, in the charming town of Norcross, Ga. Cuevas’s YA #OwnVoices debut SALTY, BITTER, SWEET will release on March 2020.

  • YA Stage
  • Sat 5:30-6:15 YA

Girl Gone Viral

For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. But she can’t code her dad back into her life. He disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note. Opal enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget. Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him. What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers—or is it the attention—she’s wanted for years?

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