NC Literary Hall of Fame



Terror's Identity by Sarah Maury Swan

Sable Books
$12.95, paperback / $4.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9968036-3-2
January, 2016
Fiction: Young Adult
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"Once I picked this up I couldn't put it down. Terror's Identity is a thought-provoking, well-timed, and emotionally gripping coming-of-age story that leads to discoveries about oneself, friendship, love, and family. Swan has chosen a massive and urgent topic in her debut novel, dynamic and insightful."
—Ann Eisenstein, author of Hiding Carly and Fallen Prey, from the Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery Series

"From Maze Runner to Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments to Divergent, stories that can hold interest, empower the reader, and provide a satisfying ending or intense cliffhanger are not only guaranteed to sell (and often secure a film deal) but they serve a much more important purpose: in the age of cyber-tech and video gaming (often the same thing), they keep traditional book-based storytelling alive. Terror’s Identity, by Sarah Maury Swan, delivers the best of YA in all the right ways."
—Joey Madia, founding editor of

Sixteen-year-old Aidan Knox's life turns upside down when he, his sister, and his mother enter a witness protection program and begin a dangerous new life because of his father's work investigating a terrorist organization operating in the U.S. How will he remember the details of his new life with a new name and a made-up past? And will he be able to settle in to a new school and all that entails? Whom can he trust and can he keep his mother and sister safe?

Terror's Identity will keep you urging Aidan to succeed and empathize with his having to make new friends in a new school and new town.

Sarah Maury Swan and her husband transplanted themselves from Maryland a little more than five years ago from a horse farm. Their new roots have slipped deep into Carolina's fertile artistic soil, and Sarah enjoys letting the welcoming, fertile atmosphere nourish her writer's soul. Terror's Identity is her first published novel, but certainly not her first published piece of writing. She is an active member and past president of Carteret Writers. She also belongs to the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators-Carolinas Chapter. She is a frequent winner in the Carteret Writers' annual contest and took Honorable Mention for nonfiction in this year's Pamlico Writers' annual contest.

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