YA Fiction

Marissa Meyer - Scarlet

Feb 15, 2013

When Marissa Meyer created the fairytale Lunar Chronicles with her first book Cinder – an android version of Cinderella destined to overthrow the evil queen in a sci-fi society, she blew readers away. Now she’s finished the second book, Scarlet, and we travel from New Beijing to France where our Red Riding Hood is on a desperate search for her Grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, is big, bad and hot, and everyone is vulnerable to the Lunars.

Stefan Bachmann - The Peculiar

Feb 13, 2013

Stefan Bachmann has been named one of the Huffington Post’s 18 Under 18: List Of The Most Amazing Young People Of The Year in 2012, which included Malala Yousafzai, and Gabby Douglas. And it’s with good reason; he’s accomplished an incredible amount in his 19 years. Not only did he have his first book, The Peculiar published, but he also wrote a symphony to accompany it, and attends the Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland.  WAMC's Katie Britton spoke with Bachmann about the novel, and his accomplishments.

Gayle Forman - Just One Day

Jan 30, 2013

Readers were enthralled with Gayle Forman’s If I Stay books, and now she’s captivated them again as they fall in love with her characters in Just One Day. It’s the first of a duo, and in it we’re brought into a world of Shakespeare, borrowed identities, and the crushing and exhilarating experience of first love found and lost.

You can meet Gayle Forman Sunday, Feb. 3rd  at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck NY. 

Susane Colasanti - Keep Holding On

Jan 22, 2013

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.

Morgan Rhodes - Falling Kingdoms

Jan 18, 2013

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 - The Fault in Our Stars

Dec 27, 2012

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 & Zack Stentz - Colin Fischer

Dec 5, 2012

  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.

Ned Vizzini - The Other Normals

Nov 27, 2012

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.

Ally Condie - Reached

Nov 16, 2012

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.

Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Nov 12, 2012

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.