C.L. Gaber - Ascenders

By C. L. Gaber


Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.

She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

The Order of Odd Brilliance

Welcome to the Providence School

There are nine well-known prep schools on the east coast of the U.S. There is also a secret 10th school called The Providence School. Located in rural Maine, it’s a high school school dedicated to the study of time travel.

At Providence, you are encouraged to keep your dorm room clean and surgically change history, but only with explicit faculty instructions. Go rogue and you are a traitor to your country subjected to military execution. Follow the rules and you will travel into the past, mess with the timeline of life, tinker with events and reset the course of history on both a personal and global level.

C.L. Gaber - The Order of Odd Brilliance
C.L. Gaber - The Clairs

An Ascenders Novel

The Claires

Four beautiful girls. Quadruplets. They are not identical.But each is named Claire. Claire V is Clairvoyant—clear seeing with visions of the future.Claire S is Clairsentient—clear feeling as she embraces another’s pain.Claire A is Clairaudient—clear hearing to tap into the spirit world.Claire C is Claircognizant—clear knowing with 100% accuracy.

Born in 1911, they first died together in 1928 at age seventeen. Two months later, they were reborn. And reborn. THE CLAIRES only live to seventeen and then they’re violently murdered. Somewhere in the world, a woman finds out she’s pregnant with quads. The Claires return to a new family as they try to break a curse that guarantees they die young. It’s current-day Los Angeles, and once again, their seventeenth birthday is looming.

Can they save themselves, clean up the streets in the name of penance, and crash their own prom? 

The Ascenders Saga


Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.


In the second book of the Ascenders Saga, a proposed realm-jumping journey will take Walker and Daniel back to life again to search for something buried in history. They team with students from several other schools in the middle realm including a place for teens born with oddities. 


Expired at seventeen and living in a middle world for those who died young, Walker Callaghan and her rebellious love, Daniel Reid, have been tasked with an insurmountable mission: Find something hidden in the past that will forever change everything for the living and the dead.


In the Midst — a place for those who departed young — there is a fate worse than death. It’s the passing of true love. Tat-covered Daniel Reid’s memory has been erased by his sadistic father. Walker Callaghan must face her destiny alone. Alliances shift in the fourth book of the Ascenders Saga. Only twice a day at 11:11 — a time when all things converge — is everyone and everything clear.


Forced to go on the run from her high school for the recently departed, Walker Callaghan must go rogue in a lawless afterlife realm called The Other. She’s shot, kidnapped, and forced to fight for her existence. Can she save her rebel love interest, Daniel Reid, or will fate twist and finally unite her with the man who insists he is her future: Cass Danko? .


“Teenage angst like you’ve never read before.” 

OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)

“An Inspiration.”

Resch Readers


MuggleNet.com, the world's largest Harry Potter website

“I wish I could start over and read the whole thing again for the first time.”


Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed is a young adult fantasy that will appeal to fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s a book unlike any other that I’ve ever read, and I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Best Selling Author

C. L. Gaber

Cindy Gaber is an author and journalist. She has covered film and television for the last three decades as the senior writer for the New York Times Syndicate, the wire service of the New York Times.

Gaber spent over two decades as a film/tv/music writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, working closely with Roger Ebert during his legendary run as film critic. Her articles have appeared on NBC.com and in magazines including Entertainment Weekly, People, In Style, TV Guide, Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, National Geographic and many other top publications.

Under the name C.L. Gaber, she is the author of the best-selling YA series, “Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed” and its four sequels, plus a spin-off, “The Claires.” Her other books include, “The Order of Odd Brilliance” and “Romance Novel.” “Ascenders” was chosen by OWN-TV to be part of their Belief event in Washington D.C. An Amazon best-seller, the Ascenders saga has also been a hit at Comic Con LA and The Los Angeles Times Book Festival for the last several years.

As a ghostwriter, C.L. co-wrote with Olivia Newton-John her official memoir, the New York Times best-selling, “Don’t Stop Believin’”. Gaber has co-written over 50 books with A-list celebrities, top athletes, musicians, media personalities, therapists, doctors, lawyers and beyond. She writes a Sunday column for the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Cindy lives in Nevada with her husband Ron and two unruly Doodles.

C.L. Gaber

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