Rita Moore examines American culture in her new young adult novel

by University Communications,

Rita Moore, Knowledge to Action Program coordinator at Willamette University, is publishing a new young adult book, “A School for the Dead.”

Published by Dorrance Publishing Co. in Pittsburgh, the novel is set in Sequim, Wash. and is grounded on Moore’s experiences working with children and public school educators.

“I wrote ‘A School for the Dead’ partly because of my grandson’s insatiable curiosity about what happens when people die, especially children, and partly because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Moore says. “My 6-year-old grandson’s voice and questions echo throughout the book.”

Moore says the book is peppered with different looks at American culture. Her protagonist comes from a non-traditional family of two mothers, and she writes about dead children outwitting a dangerous immigration ring.

“The story is about hope, love and the kinds of super heroes we might all aspire to be,” she says.

“A School for the Dead” will be available on Amazon.com by early July. Moore has also published three professional books for teachers and is now working on a women’s suspense fiction novel.