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Tom Xavier's "Neffatira’s First Challenge: The Light Guardian Series Book One"


The New Book that Will Have Young Readers Celebrating Those Who Are Considered Outcasts 


(Twin Cities) - For teenagers everywhere who have a hard time fitting in, a new book written by a Twin Cities artist is something to celebrate. Tom Xavier’s coming of age story, Neffatira’s First Challenge, is about a 14-year-old girl who considers herself an outcast. With her yellow eyes and distinct freckled face, she is very different than the other kids at school. The book begins with a secret from her past being revealed, and soon thereafter, she and her friend, Jessica, are whisked away to a strange land where the rules are different, and they must learn them quick in order to survive. 


Author Tom Xavier, who is perhaps best known for the nationally recognized Songs of Hope global music project for youngsters, has a presentation and signing planned for Tues., March 25, beginning at 7 p.m. at Next Chapter Booksellers (38 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105).


About the Author: Tom Xavier is the award-winning author of Dark Curses, Faerie Dreams, recipient of a coveted Mom's Choice Awards Gold Seal in Juvenile Fiction, a 2018 Book Excellence Awards Finalist, and a Royal Dragonfly Book Awards second-place winner in Middle Grade Fiction. Previously, Xavier was a writer on the unique and innovative Women of Courage series of children's recordings, recognized with a Minnesota Human Rights Award and the Twin Cities Mayor's Public Art Award. When not writing novels, Tom Xavier directs the nationally recognized Songs of Hope ( global music project for young artists aged 9 to 16.


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     To arrange an interview with Tom Xavier, contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, at 952-240-2513 or


Event date: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
Next Chapter Booksellers
St Paul, MN 55105
Neffatira's First Challenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633938403
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Koehler Books - December 15th, 2019