HONOR CODE arrives March 1st, 2018!

“…an explosive, harrowing tale…” – Kirkus Reviews

“Burkhart nails all of the tense, ugly elements of sexual assault and its aftermath, from slut shaming to victim blaming. An intense look at rape on campus, this social media–savvy novel is a must-read.” – Booklist

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Sam knows how lucky she is to be part of the elite Edwards Academy. As she dreams of getting into Harvard one day, she’s willing to do anything to fit in and excel at the private high school. Even if that means enduring hazing, signing up for a sport she hates, and attending the school dance with an upperclassman she barely knows.

But when she learns the high cost of entry, will Sam be willing to bury the worst night of her life in order to “keep the community sacred”? As the line between truth and justice blurs, Sam must find out for herself what honor really means.


Hello! My name is Kiersi Burkhart, and I write books for children and young adults. I also work as a professional freelance copywriter. (You can also hire me to speak at your conference or event!)

I live and work in beautiful, windy central Wyoming. While not writing and running my own business, you can find me calling my senators or playing tabletop games. I love Pokemon, my partner, and my two dogs. So far I’ve got one dragon tattoo, and I’m deciding what to get next.

All 4 of the book covers in the Quartz Creek Ranch series: Shy Girl & Shy Guy, One Brave Summer, At Top Speed, The Long Trail Home

Quartz Creek Ranch is available now!

Every summer, the gates of Quartz Creek Ranch swing open for kids in trouble. Under the watchful eyes of lifelong ranchers Willard and Etty Bridle, these ten to twelve-year-olds put their hands—and hearts—to good use, herding cattle, tending the garden, harvesting hay, and caring for animals. Aided by two teenage horse trainers, the kids must forge a bond with their therapy horses, grow beyond the mistakes that brought them to the ranch, and face unique challenges in the rugged Colorado rangeland.

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dark haired teen girl on spotted Appaloosa horse holding cowboy hat, riding bareback

Kiersi (age 13) on her prize-winning Appaloosa barrel horse

And then…

A Young Adult fantasy, TOWER OF SMOKE & LIES, arrives Spring 2019.

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