As a teenager author Susane Colasanti was bullied by her peers and didn’t have anyone to turn to for help.
Since then she has decided to use her experiences as a base for her novel Keep Holding On, where we learn that it does get better, it’s ok to let your freak flag fly, and help is available if you mutter the courage to ask for help.
Most people know Morgan Rhodes as paranormal romance novelist Michelle Rowen. But under this pen name Rhodes has launched another successful series with her novel Falling Kingdoms. In this Game of Thrones-esque high fantasy, Rhodes has created a world that’s raging with war, deceit, spoiled royals, and a populous needing little to spark a revolution.
John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars debuted at number one on the NYT Best-sellers list for Children’s chapter books, and has held firm in the last year - and rightly so. It’s soul baring and tear inducing, yet wickedly funny as our characters Hazel and Augustus, confront living with cancer and make the best of their circumstances. WAMC's Katie Britton spoke with Green about the novel, and why their story needed to be told.
Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz are the dynamic writers behind the movies X-Men First Class, and Thor, and TV Shows Fringe and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. But now they’ve done a 180 with their insightful and mesmerizing novel Colin Fischer. In it, we get into the brain of a 14 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, as he tries to navigate the harsh world of high school.
Remember when you were growing up, there were some kids who just didn’t fit in? Maybe we were even that person. In Ned Vizzini’s The Other Normals, Perry is that kid. He’s totally awkward, absorbed in his role-playing game, and well, branded a loser by everyone including his parents. Although he knows he is, he doesn’t want to enter the real world, and is intent on hiding in his gaming world.
In 2010, Ally Condie captivated readers with her New York Times bestselling dystopian novel Matched – the first in a trilogy. In it, her characters Cassia, Xander and Ky discovered the highly controlling Society wasn’t what it proclaimed to be, and began their search for freedom and love.
The second novel Crossed, brought us to the outskirts of the Society, as Cassia and Ky searched for each other and the rebellion, in the hopes of finally being together, and getting answers to their many questions.
Set in a small town in South Carolina, the Beautiful Creatures series is steeped in southern tradition, gossipy church goers, and mystical forces that now threaten everything the sleepy town has held so dear. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl intricately crafted two worlds; one of the All-American boy Ethan, and the other of Lena, who is surrounded by dark and light magic.
Michelle Gagnon captivated adults around the world with her bestselling Agent Kelly Jones thrillers. She has now turned her attention to young adult books, and Don’t Turn Around is a pulsating, psychological thriller that will have people of all ages turning the pages. In it, she creates a an incurable disease that only affects teenagers and our characters are deep in the middle of it.
Deep in the Amazon rain forest sits a secret lab. For generations the scientists have managed to keep it and its work there a secret. Known as Little Cam, the residents there have been harboring a secret so deep, that if it came out to the world, it could change it forever. Jessica Khoury's new novel Origin., takes us to uncharted territory as we discover the life of perfect Pia.
In Gabrielle Zevin’s dystopian Birthright Trilogy, we’re brought into a world where chocolate & caffeine are illegal in America, and supplies are run by the mob. Anya Balenchine is at the heart of the controversy; as the rising matriarch of the mob family, she’s finally decided to accept the role, is determined to protect her siblings from the life.