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Tracy Clark is an American award-winning author of young adult novels.

She is best known for writing the Light Key Trilogy, as well as the standalones Mirage (2016), Chalk Houses (2017), and Little Weeds (2017).

A Honorable Mention winner of the 2020 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards for Chalk Houses (2017), Tracy is also the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant.

A private pilot, a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, a dreamer, and a lover of all things spicy-chocolates, Tracy lives in the California side of the Sierra Foothills.

She enjoys reading, writing, and runs the Moxie Fruit blog.

More about Tracy Clark

Genres: Fantasy / SF, Young Adult

United States

Non Series

  • Mirage (2016)
  • Chalk Houses (2017)
  • Little Weeds (2017)

Light Key Trilogy

  1. Scintillate (2014)
  2. Deviate (2015)
  3. Illuminate (2015)

Detailed book overview

Non Series


Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. 

But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever.

Author: Tracy Clark
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0544937277
Publisher: Clarion Books
Chalk Houses

Everyone has a secret. Now Secret is talking.

Talon Alvarado has one goal: to be nothing like her mother who’s blown it in about every way. But sometimes you focus so hard on what you don’t want that you find yourself careening toward it. Bombarded with history, hurts, and secrets, Talon is struggling to be the person she yearns to be and to live a bigger life than girls like her are supposed to wish for. To climb out, she must dig for strength in the most unlikely place; the rubble of her bruised heart.

The misty presence of Secret reveals its role in Talon’s life, showing how the secrets we keep tell our stories.

Chalk Houses is a gritty, achingly hopeful story about love being in the places you forgot to look, and about starting over. Even at the end.

Author: Tracy Clark
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1542371520
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Little Weeds

In the not too distant future, ten-year-old children are tested to determine their genetic predisposition for criminal behavior. The “Bads” are taken from their families and sent to reformation schools meant to counteract the negative effects of their genetics for the benefit of society. It’s a new standard for categorizing people and most everyone seems to have bought into it.

Fifteen-year-old, Raphael “Izzy” Barnes, believes the test is a total load. For one, he tested “Good.” If good means that you routinely skip school to go surfing, drive under the legal age, and act like a typical wayward teenage boy, then yep, he’s good all right.

Being a Good isn’t easy street when Bad is in your blood. Izzy knows that first hand when he falls for Dublin Westerfield, the surfer girl who’s had his attention for years and whose family would never let her date someone with his family history.

Since his Bad but beloved father’s conviction for murder three years ago, Izzy has questioned his beliefs about goodness and integrity. Now, Izzy’s little brother, Beau, has tested Bad. He believes in Beau’s goodness and will do almost anything to prevent him from being taken away. Whatever it takes. But his little brother has a terrible secret and once Izzy discovers it, his certainties about right and wrong will be severely tested.

How bad would you be to do the right thing?

Author: Tracy Clark
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1544731179
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Light Key Trilogy


A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Cora Sandoval lives an insulated, unexciting life. Mostly, she blames her dad. Her mother disappeared from Ireland when she was five and he’s been a human handcuff ever since. Cora’s life suddenly propels into the extraordinary when she begins to see colorful lights around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows only a brilliant, luminous silver. Cora has reason to believe that someone is hunting and killing people like her—if there are any others like her who are still alive…

While investigating the danger associated with these auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother abruptly orders him back to Ireland. 

As mysteries add up, Cora realizes that the small life she’s always known was a lie. On the run from a supernatural killer, she flees to Ireland to look for her missing mother and learn the truth about herself. There she meets another silver-haloed person and, amidst threats and danger, discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…if it doesn’t kill her first.

Author: Tracy Clark
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1692106676
Publisher: Independently published

Learning the truth about herself was just the beginning.

Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle--the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...

On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.

No longer will she hide.

No longer will her loved ones be hunted.

And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.

Author: Tracy Clark
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1701111707
Publisher: Independently published

Can one girl be the light in a world spiraling toward darkness?

Haunted by the loss of her loved ones, Cora Sandoval, one of the remaining few of an extraordinary race known as Scintilla, holds the key to disentangling the biggest conspiracy in human history...and its link to the fate of the human race. As Cora follows a trail of centuries-old clues and secrets, she collides with a truth not only shocking, but dangerous.

With enemies both known and unknown hot on her trail, Cora must locate each of the ancient clues hidden in the art, religions, and mythologies of humankind. And through it all, she must keep her heart from being torn apart by the two boys she loves most. One is Scintilla, one is Arazzi.

Save herself. Save the Scintilla. Save the world.

Or die trying...

Author: Tracy Clark
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1701112117
Publisher: Independently published