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Karen Cove's novels are written with a poetic accent that pulls readers into tales spun with imagination and intrigue. They are engaging and easy to read by teenagers, young adults and the young at heart. Her books are ideal for personal enjoyment as well as the classroom.  Karen, a seasoned language arts teacher, has incorporated many elements of The Writing Process and Six Trait Writing within her novels.


The ‘Return Policy Trilogy’ is a set of three dystopic science fiction novels that take place over the course of 2096 to 2100. They chronicle the life of young Naddie Mae Baines, who discovers at a young age the terrible truth about the world in which she lives and the shocking consequences of being a less-than-perfect child. Through no fault of her own she is rejected, returned, and forgotten, only to discover friendships that last a lifetime and realities about humanity and freedom that ultimately change her life, and the course of history, forever. Full of rich characters and non-stop action, Naddie journeys through great trail, sorrow, and heartache only to find hope and new beginnings waiting for her on the other side. Androids, quantum physics, tele-transportation, and space exploration season the journey with such intrigue and excitement readers are kept on the edge of their seat. A must-read for a glimpse into what might await us all.

Return Policy - The Unfolding
Book I

ISBN-13: 978-0999179413

Living under the disappointment of failed expectations from her father, and a mother hiding a terrible secret, Naddie Mae Baines’ seemingly perfect life in 2096 was shattered after being returned to Industra. Abandoned and alone in a strange and cruel world of misfit children rejected by their parents, she fights her way through loneliness, rage, and sorrow, to embark on a perilous journey of exploration and freedom. Along with a handful of other returned children fearing elimination, Naddie risks everything to escape the chains of Industra’s mega-supply matrix and finds a life of meaning and purpose. With the help of a diary, a feather, and a photograph, she discovers her true identity and a lasting legacy.

Return Policy - Lost and Found
Book II

ISBN-13: 978-0999179468

Return Policy: Lost and Found is the second book in the Return Policy book series, and continues Naddie Mae’s journey in the year 2098.  After escaping from Industra with Daniel and four other friends, she finds a new home in Sagesse; a small community of people who escaped the Great Cyber War and Transformation of 2045.  There she is reunited with family and tastes a seemingly perfect life of freedom that is both satisfying and liberating.  But, the Chancellor’s quest to capture the escapees and return them to Industra, and gain possession of Daniel’s groundbreaking quantum computer program, sets off a chain of events that shatter life in Sagesse.  Displaced and confused, its residents set out to resettle in the wilderness, only to have the worst possible disaster befall them.  Sensing her life’s mission is not yet complete, Naddie sets out to explore the wild and uncharted territories of the pre-Transformation world with a handful of survivors, her horse, a devoted dog, and a heart full of hope for the future.

Return Policy - Providence
Book III

ISBN-13: 979-8703265635

Naddie Mae’s journey continues in 2099 as she, and her friends from Industra, embark on the dangerous and unpredictable quest to liberate society from the domination of the Chancellor. Working alongside a cast of devoted friends and androids, she partakes in a dangerous plot to rid the world of his oppressive reign and free the people in the Villa and Industra complexes scattered across the land. Along the way she encounters true love, devastating heartbreak, and a face-to-face confrontation that changes the course of history. Only after suffering crippling losses, unimaginable reunions, and all-consuming rage, does Naddie uncover the last piece in the puzzle of her identity. Though it finally puts the ghosts of the past to rest, she learns there is still more to understand, more to be learned, and more to be experienced before her life is complete.

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