Gabby is a disgruntled tween angel who has just been assigned to protect her school nemesis and ex-beffie. Problem is her ex-beffie is dating Gabby’s longtime crush. Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (since when is sticking toilet paper to her shoe or spinach in her teeth a sin?) Soon, Gabby gets out of control and is put on probation by her SKYAgent, who has anger management issues of his own.
Determined to right her wrongs, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to return to Earth for just one day. Without knowing, she kicks off a series of events and learns what can happen when you hate someone to death.
"Johannes kicks off the Starling series with this fresh novel about an angel’s peripatetic path to earning her wings...A humorous addition to the angel story genre."- Publisher's Weekly
On The Bright Side: Tween Paranormal
“Full of charm and adventure, this heart-warming story is about deadly crushes, friendship, and spunky girls in the after-life. This book is flipping adorable!”
— Robin Mellom, author of The Classroom, The Pages Between Us, and Confessions from the Principal's Kid (2017)
"Clever and charming, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is the story of a reluctant guardian angel, her still-breathing crush, and the frenemy she’s assigned to protect. A great read!"
— Suzanne Young, author of the YA series' A Need So Beautiful and The Program
"With a smart, snappy heroine and a heart-warming crush, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is a page-turning new take on guardian angels that left me begging for a sequel!"
— Gretchen McNeil, author of the Don't Get Mad series and Relic
"S.R. Johannes delivers a cute paranormal thrill ride for middle graders! Even in death there is a BRIGHT SIDE!"— Addison Moore, author of the Celestra series
“ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is both hilarious and heart-warming – a tale that’ll have you hoping that there really *are* spunky and determined angels like Gabby who’ve got our backs.”
— Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author of Selling Hope, The 13th Sign, and A Dog Like Daisy
I always have a few books going. Depends on my mood-usually a thriller and a nonfiction book.
Right now on i'm reading:
Killman Creek - Rachel Caine
Shelli R. Johannes is coauthor of the LOVES SCIENCE PB series including CECE LOVES SCIENCE, (co/Kimberly Derting/HarperCollins Greenwillow) & the upcoming HOW TO BE A UNICORN (HarperChildren’s 06/21). She also the critically-acclaimed author of teen thrillers (written as SR Johannes) including the NATURE OF GRACE series (Untraceable) & REWIRED.
Shelli never warmed up to creepy-crawly bugs, but she always loved zoology and biology. In fact, she can often be found on highways and country roads saving strays and other jaywalking critters, or volunteering with animal conservation groups like the Atlanta Zoo, the Dolphin Project, and Bosley’s puppy orphanage. After earning a master’s in marketing and working in Corporate America as an SVP, Shelli traded out her heels and suits for flip-flops and jeans so she could follow her passion of writing.
Shelli lives in Atlanta with her husband, two kids, one bird, one fish, and two crazy-haired goldendoodles who—just like Einstein—seem to love fruit and dessert, but loathe veggies.
Favorite TV Binge: Veronica Mars
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter series/Lord of the Rings
Favorite Book: Pippy Longstocking
Favorite Author: John Steinbeck or James Patterson (what a range!)
Cece Loves Science ICR - Push and Pull (Feb 2020)
LOVES SCIENCE Picture Book #3
How to be a Unicorn - 06/21
Super secret project!
7/8-7/10: Nerd Camp National - Michigan
8/31-9/1: Decatur Book Festival (Author Panel/Signing/Reading)
9/14: SCBWI - Embassy Cool Springs, Tennessee (open to the public)
10/10: Georgia Libraries Conference (Macon, GA)
10/25: Cece Loves Science/Adventure Play (Hightower Elementary)
11/20: Science Night (Toomer Elementary)
12/20: STEAM PBL Night (Kingsley Elementary)
2/1: Bookworm Festival (Houston, TX)
TBD: Social Moms for Justice (Chattanooga, TN)
5/8-5/9: Calvalcade (Washington)
The Book Tavern (Augusta, GA)
B&N National Storytime
Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)
Square Books, JR (Oxford, MS)
Fox Tales Book Shoppe (Woodstock, GA)
The Story Shop (Monroe, GA)
Star Line Books (Chattanooga, TN)
Nerd Camp - Georgia
Georgia Libraries Conference (Macon, GA)
Decatur Book Festival
Book Festivals, Conferences, etc.
* Writing picture books that matter
* Writing teen fiction (YA)
* Writing successful series and sequels
* Writing suspense/thrillers
* Creating strong female protagonists
* Creative Writing 101
* Writing Tough Topics in YA
* Being a hybrid author (Traditional/indie)
* Publishing Industry 101
* Working with an Agent/Getting an agent
* Querying an agent
* Indie Publishing
* Book Marketing - high level or in depth working sessions
* Branding 101
* Social Media Management
If you are interested in having S.R. Johannes visit, please email for prices detailed topics/programs and availability.