Charles Benoit

Charles  Benoit

Charles was born in a small log cabin along the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester, NY, where he was raised by various woodland creatures. At the tender age of 5, he was sent—without his consent—into society to be “educated.” He endured many years in various institutions of learning, both higher and otherwise, with one ill-advised break to spend some time with his Uncle Sam in the Army. It was during this time that he met his future wife, sweeping her off her feet with tales of derring-do and promises of riches beyond her wildest dreams. Fortunately for Charles, Rose was easily impressed and had affordable dreams. He taught high school social studies in the Rochester City School District and at international schools in Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago. Rose and Charles returned to the high-life in exotic Rochester, where today Charles works in advertising, creating ads that drive consumers into a buying frenzy.

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Snow Job

Snow Job
Suspense
Recommended for teens

Does who you are in high school brand you for life? Nick sure hopes not. It’s senior year, and he has decided that his loser friends may be going nowhere fast, but he isn’t. Instead, Nick has created the perfect list of rules for remaking his life. But meeting dark-eyed Dawn and hanging out with teen thug Zod are nowhere on that list. And making illegal deliveries definitely isn’t on it. So why is Nick caught up with these people and their dangerous schemes? Will Nick's list help him to be a hero—or turn him into a fall guy?

Cold Calls

Cold Calls
Mystery
Recommended for teens

Three high school students--Eric, Shelly, and Fatima--have one thing in common: "I know your secret." Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them--before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed...

Fall From Grace

Fall From Grace
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

"I need you to steal something for me." Grace always has a plan. There's her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and-above all-her plan to have fun. Sawyer has plenty of plans, too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren't his plans, but they are plans. When Sawyer meets Grace, he wonders if he should come up with a few plans himself. Plans about what he actually wants to be, plans to speak his own mind for a change, plans to maybe help Grace with a little art theft. Wait a minute-plans to what?

You

You
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

This wasn't the way it was supposed to go. You're just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can't be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place? There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time's running out. How did this happen?

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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Charles answered Most Likely to Still be Taking Algebra I.

Other Fun Facts

  • I play tenor sax for Some Ska Band (I'm not being vague, that's the band's name).
  • I learned to play sax by sitting in with a 4th grade band - when I was 40 years old.
  • I've scuba dived (dove?) with sharks.
  • I once drove 8 hours to get a slice of pizza from my favorite pizza place in DC.
  • I'm the voice of that guy from that TV ad.
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