Overview

Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is dedicated to young adult and middle grade books. We are committed to taking risks and exploring new ways to tell stories.

Razorbill is home to the instant New York Times bestseller An Ember in the Ashes, an epic high fantasy debut by Sabaa Tahir, and its sequel, A Torch Against the Night. Our broad-ranging young adult hardcover fiction list includes Jay Asher’s debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, a perennial New York Times bestseller and multiple award winner that has been published in thirty-five languages, as well as his latest novel, What Light. Razorbill’s popular series titles include Falling Kingdoms by New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes, Zodiac by Romina Russell, The Merciless by Danielle Vega, and Richelle Mead’s #1 internationally bestselling Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, and The Glittering Court.

Razorbill’s middle-grade titles include Ratscalibur by New York Times bestselling author Josh Lieb, which the New York Times called “a witty mash-up of favorite fantasy motifs,” The Creature Department, a collaboration between award-winning author Robert Paul Weston and Framestore, the Academy Award–winning visual effects company known for its groundbreaking work on Gravity and the Harry Potter film franchise, the popular Shark Wars series by EJ Altbacker, and Matthew Ward’s The Fantastic Family Whipple.

Razorbill publishes nonfiction, including the Rookie Yearbooks, which are anthologies featuring the best content from RookieMag.com, curated by Rookie founder and editor Tavi Gevinson, and The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do by Eden Sher. Our nonfiction backlist includes Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s InfluenceThe Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion , and Classy by Derek Blasberg.

Meet Razorbill

Ben Schrank

President and Publisher

Ben Schrank joined Penguin in 2006, after serving as editorial director of Alloy Entertainment. Mr. Schrank has been a creative writing professor in the MFA program at Brooklyn College and has written novels for adults and teenagers, including, most recently, Love Is a Canoe.

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Jessica Almon

Executive Editor

Jessica Almon joined Razorbill in January 2013 after serving as Creative Director at book packaging startup Full Fathom Five. Since her arrival, Jessica has edited #1 New York Times bestselling authors Richelle Mead and Jay Asher, closing out Richelle’s popular Bloodlines series and launching The Glittering Court series, and editing What Light, Jay’s much-awaited follow-up to Thirteen Reasons Why. In addition, she edits a diverse list of YA fiction and nonfiction, including Danielle Vega’s Merciless series, The Rookie Yearbook series by Tavi Gevinson, The Emotionary by The Middle actress Eden Sher, and Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana.

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Marissa Grossman

Associate Editor

Marissa Grossman is an associate editor at Razorbill books, where she acquires young adult andmiddle grade novels. Marissa joined Razorbill in June 2013 after working in the advertising andpromotions department at Berkley/NAL. Since then, Marissa has edited New York Timesbestselling author Beth Revis’s A World Without You, which garnered starred reviews, and shehas worked closely with Sabaa Tahir on the New York Times bestselling Ember in the Ashesseries. Some of Marissa’s other titles include Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw;Black Moon and Thirteen Rising, the final two books in Romina Russell’s extremely popularZodiac series; And We’re Off by Internet sensation Dana Schwartz; and A Million Junes bybreakout author Emily Henry.

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Jessica Harriton

Assistant Editor

Jessica Harriton is an assistant editor at Razorbill. Prior to joining Razorbill in 2015, Jess beganher career at Disney-Hyperion, working with authors like Melissa de la Cruz and AlexandraBracken. At Razorbill, Jess edits the Falling Kingdom and Spirits and Thieves series by MorganRhodes and assisted on such titles as Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza and BeastsMade of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (Fall ’17). Jess recently made her first acquisition–a dark,literary gem she’s very excited about. Jess is looking for YA and middle grade with strong hooks,unforgettable voices, and evocative settings.

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