Finding Jade


The year is 2030, and climate change is making life on Earth more challenging. Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Guzman is struggling to come to terms with the abduction of her twin sister, Jade, and her mother’s illness. Things go from bad to worse when a series of bizarre occurrences make Jasmine wonder if she’s losing her mind. But, with help from Raphael, a boy at her new school, Jasmine learns she actually has special powers that are putting her life in danger.

Most surprising, she learns that her sister isn’t actually missing … Jasmine just needs to look in the right place: The-Place-in-Between, where the demons dwell.


An inventive read with thought-provoking themes.


An intriguing sounding series.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Payne has combined a dystopian setting with the fantasy elements of angels and demons and supernatural powers.

Resource Links

This may interest teens enough to hope for more information in upcoming installments.


An intriguing start to a series.

Literary Treats

A touch of forbidden romance, a few Alice in Wonderland references, and a twist of heavenly proportions have left me glad that this is the first of what will be a series.

Canadian Children’s Book News

“True page-turning appeal.”

Quill & Quire

About the Author

Mary Jennifer Payne

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Mary Jennifer Payne

Mary Jennifer Payne is the author of Finding Jade, book one in the Daughters of Light Series, the YA novels Since You’ve Been Gone and Enough, and several YA graphic stories. Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies, and magazines in Canada and abroad. She teaches special education with the Toronto District School Board and lives in Toronto.