Crystal Allen


CRYSTAL ALLEN is the author of five middle-grade books, including How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy, and the Magnificent Mya Tibbs series, all published by Balzer + Bray.  She is Co-Director of Kindling Words East, faculty member of Highlight’s for Children and committee member of The Brown Bookshelf.. Crystal lives in Texas with her husband, Reggie, and two sons, Phillip, and Joshua.



Inspired by real events, Between Two Brothers is a powerful and uplifting story about forgiveness, brotherhood, and the power of a family’s unconditional love.

Isaiah “Ice” Abernathy has always worshiped his older brother, Seth. For years they’ve been not just brothers but best friends—and as Seth starts his senior year, Ice is eager to spend as much time with his brother as he can, making memories before Seth goes to college.

But when Seth announces he’s leaving much earlier than expected, and then he misses an important event—one he’d promised to attend—it causes a major fight.

Filled with regret, Ice plans to apologize to Seth later the next day, but later never comes, as he finds out Seth was in an accident—one that leaves him in the hospital. And the doctors say he may never recover.

Racked by fear and guilt, Ice chooses to step up, defy the experts, and help Seth recover in a way only he can—by trusting in their bond and the undying love between two brothers.