Kyle Chais
A child living in a homeless shelter at the age of 12 might be expected to imagine scary creatures in the ether. At 13, while living with his single mother at a shelter in Brooklyn, Kyle Chais pictured fallen angels, wandering invisibly amongst New Yorkers, sadly hoping to redeem themselves and join the living. He started penning what he pictured, and at age 17, had completed a story about the lead fallen angel, who he called Nameless. "I got a call from a friend who was teaching a writing class at Grady High in Brooklyn," said publisher Karen Hunter. "She had a student who was being picked on by the other kids and whom she thought was talented. His dream was to be a writer and asked if I would talk to him. I found that he not only had a dream, he had already finished a book that was 360 pages long."