Books: Fiction

The Mystery Woman in Room Three

Book - Fiction. By Aya de León. Serialized in six parts at Orion Magazine. 2021.
A young adult novel that deals with immigration rights, climate justice, the Green New Deal, and youth activism. Available for free download at Orion Magazine.
Themes: Climate Justice

Artwork by Indi Maverick.

Well, we won’t tell you who the “mystery woman in Room Three” is, but we can tell you that this is a compelling, fast-paced young adult novel set in near-future, climate-changed Florida.

Our heroines are two Dominican high school students — smart, brave, and committed to do the right thing. To solve the mystery they are confronted with, they team up with Sunrise Movement activists, and other young people of conscience.

At this moment of climate emergency, a novel like the The Mystery Woman in Room Three, which deals with immigration rights, climate justice, the Green New Deal, and youth activism, is a welcome arrival. We are not sure whether the novel will appear in print, but it is currently available for free download at Orion Magazine.

In an interview at Orion, author Aya de León describes one of her motives for the book:

I wanted to write a story about winning in the climate crisis. So much of what we call climate fiction takes place in a dystopic future, after human beings have failed to solve the crisis in the current era. I wanted to write a story set in the here and now where people — everyday people, and young women of color in particular — are the heroes that save the day.

[Description from Rethinking Schools.]

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