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Author Appearance Roster

Welcome to our archive of previously featured authors on our website. Click on each author’s name to find out a little more about what he or she does when making appearances. Feel free to also peruse our website from the homepage to discover any of our authors who would be best for your event. If you have any questions or are interested in having any of these authors make a visit to your school or library, please email our Author Appearance Coordinator at penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com. Don’t see the author selection you’re looking for? Feel free to also email penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com for information on any Penguin author you have in mind or for guidance on choosing and inviting an author to your event.

Picture Books & Chapter Books

Jim Arnosky
Jim Arnosky -a writer, artist, and natural scientist—has written and illustrated 132 books on natural subjects, such as The Brook Book and Dolphins on the Sand. He has been awarded the Christopher Medal, Orbis Pictus Honor, ALA Golden Award, and the Outstanding Science book awards from the National Science Teachers Association. His illustrations also feature in an additional 46 books. He loves to fish, sail, and play guitar, and takes wildlife photography with his wife, Deanna, all across the country. His latest book is Beachcombing, a fold-out book that teaches readers all about the habits and habitats of reptiles.

Ginjer Clarke
Ginjer Clarke writes fun, fact filled nonfiction for beginner readers about the weird and wonderful animals of our planet. Her writing career started in the third grade, when she wrote about an imaginary, pink-spotted creature she called a ‘Woofa’. Today, her books have sold over three million copies worldwide. Her books Freak Out! and Gross Out! landed in Publisher’s Weekly’s 2006 and 2007 top 100 best-selling children’s books, all while working in her pajamas with her silly-looking pets.  Ginjer has visited over 200 schools, libraries, conferences, book festivals, libraries, and even a zoo as a presenter. Her latest book, Baby Meerkats, is part of a series of baby animals aimed at young readers.

Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney has been a waitress, furniture salesperson, daycare provider, teacher, school bus driver, and mail carrier, but through all these jobs she has illustrated. She spends most of her time writing, sketching, and painting, but also loves to visit schools and libraries, conferences, and her two daughters. Anna is the writer and artist behind the bestselling Llama Llama series, as well as Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too, Grumpy Gloria, Roly Poly Pangolin, and Nobunny’s Perfect..

Melissa Guion
Melissa Guion is the author and illustrator of Baby Penguins Everywhere! and Baby Penguins Love their Mama. Melissa’s Baby Penguins books are being adapted for a series of board books as well. Her debut picture book, Baby Penguins Everywhere!, was selected for the 2012 Original Art exhibition at the Society of Illustrators. Melissa is also a writer for Tom Tom, the world’s only magazine dedicated to female drummers.

Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers is a creator of art for both adults and children. Oliver has become one of the world’s most in demand artists, creating pieces and graphics for TED talks, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and album covers. He is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including The Hueys, Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me, and Once Upon an Alphabet. He also illustrated The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt, which has spent many weeks at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Max Kornell
Max Kornell is the author and illustrator of Bear With Me and Me First. He tends to write in two phases. First, Max comes up with an idea. Second, he surrounds himself with smart people who will tell him if his idea is worth turning into a story. When he’s not writing picture books, Max pens a regular comic for LA Weekly and creates caricatures for the Santa Barbara Independent. He teaches art at Crossroads and the Brentwood Art Center, and is married with four children.

Nancy Krulik
Nancy Krulik is the author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including three New York Times bestsellers. She is best known, however, for being the author and creator of the Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo book series. Nancy is also author and creator of the new George Brown Class Clown book series, which follows the crazy adventures of Katie’s friend George. Nancy currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, composer Daniel Burwasser, their two children, Amanda and Ian, and a crazed cockerspaniel named Pepper.

Jane Kohuth
Jane Kohuth knew in the third grade that she wanted to write children’s books. She began by crafting her own picture books, poetry, and novels in the style of Judy Blume. Now, she is a published author of several books for children, including Duck Sock Hop. Jane is available for both on-site and Skype visits to your school or organization.

Loren Long
Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, and An Otis Christmas. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. Long has fostered his passion for art ever since he was young and has created many illustrations for clients like Time, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, and more.

Lori Nichols
Lori Nichols is the author of debut picture book Maple (February 2014 Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books). She won the SCBWI New York Winter conference portfolio award in 2014, as well as first runner up the two years prior. Illustrating since a very young age and awing some very tough judges with her poster for the Humane Society, Lori gets her inspiration from nature and her family.

Jerry Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney is a Caldecott medalist, five-time Caldecott Honor winner, five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, and a United States nominee for the international Hans Christian Anderson Award, among many other authors. He has written and illustrated many amazing books, which include Puss in Boots and Three Little Kittens.

Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco doesn’t create a book unless she loves the story. Her own passion for a story drives the narrative of her books, and this is clear in her dramatic and touching art. She is known through the country for her school visits which inspire children to think of themselves as heroes and to be courageous in life. Winner of several awards and author of numerous books for children, Polacco’s work includes the ever popular Thunder Cake.

Adam Rubin
Adam Rubin is a creative director at Firstborn Multimedia by day and the best-selling author of Secret Pizza Party and Dragons Love Tacos by night. Adam had the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented picture-book illustrator Daniel Salmieri, and he jumped at the chance. Together Adam and Daniel create stories that they think are funny – and we happen to agree.

Daniel Salmieri
Daniel Salmieri is the illustrator behind best-selling Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party. He grew up doodling pictures of fighter jets, dinosaurs, and Ninja Turtles before tuning to picture books. Daniel has now illustrated 8 picture books, including a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book, and won’t be stopping anytime soon!

A.J. Stern
A.J. Stern is the author of the Frankly, Frannie series in which readers can follow a spunky heroine going from one job search to the other. She lives in an upside down house in Brooklyn, NY. She has fifteen children under the age of eleven who all have very good jobs. She rides to work on a horse and only eats food that is orange. Okay, none of this is true (except the Brooklyn part), but it would be a little funny if it were, right?

Hudson Talbott
Hudson Talbott has written and illustrated over twenty books for young readers. His books have been made into films, musicals, and have won several awards, including a Newbery Honor. He has written and illustrated books like River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River and United Tweets of America. He illustrated Show Way (by Jacqueline Woodson) a Newbery Honor book, and Leonardo’s Horse (by Jean Fritz), which was an ALA Notable Book and a VOYA Honor Book. His most recent book, It’s All About Me-ow is inspired by his cats. Hudson lives in Manhattan, NY.

Ursula Vernon
Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of the Dragonbreath series, as well as the winner of both the Hugo Award and the 2013 Mytopoiec Award for Adult Literature, Digger. The daughter of an artist, she attempted to rebel and become a scientist, but in the end couldn’t fight her destiny. Her newest novels are Castle Hangnail (Winter 2015) and the Hamster Princess series (starting Summer 2015). She lives in Pittsboro, NC, where she writes, draws, and creates oddities.

Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells grew up in a house filled with books, classical music, and dogs. She is the award-winning author of numerous books for children, including Time Out for Sophie. Rosemary is also the brain behind the popular and beloved preschool series Max and Ruby. Her career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books.

Natasha Wing
Natasha Wing is constantly inspired by the magic that happens while reading a book. As a writer, her goal is to challenge her own imagination to see if it could create magical moments for kids all over the world. She has succeeded and is the author of many books, such as The Night Before My Birthday and the Night Before Kindergarten.

Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson loves to tell stories. As a kid, she would write stories wherever they would fit – on sidewalks, on paper, even on the sides of buildings. Now Jacqueline writes these stories for a living. Some of her more recent books are the novel Beneath a Meth Moon and the picture books Each Kindness and This Is the Rope. Her memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Middle Grade

Sophie Bell
Sophie Bell wishes she had the superpower to control the frizzies come rain, snow, tornado, or monsoon. Either that or invisible-flying. Sophie is the writer behind the Ultra Violet series, the latest of which is Ultra Violets: Lilac Attack. Like the Ultra Violets, Sophie once had purple hair.

Joan Bauer
Joan Bauer is the author of twelve highly acclaimed books for young readers. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Hope Was Here and the L.A. Times Book Prize for Rules of the Road. She is a two-time recipient of the Christopher Award, and her books appear on numerous state award lists. Tell Me is her most recent novel.

Adam-Troy Castro
Adam-Troy Castro is the award winning author of over twenty books for young readers. Adam has said in interviews that he likes to jump genres and styles, and has therefore refused to ever stay in place long enough to permit the unwanted existence of a creature that could be called a ‘typical” Adam-Troy Castro story. His latest project is a series of middle-grade novels, beginning with Gustav Gloom and the People.

Kathryn Erskine
Kathryn Erskine is a Netherlands-born American writer of children’s literature. She won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her novel, Mockingbird. As a resident of Virginia, Erskine was devastated by the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she was driven to understand how community and family-particularly families with special-needs children—dealt with this violent event, and how our lives might be different if we understood each other better.

Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Laura Marx Fitzgerald is the author of the much-praised debut, Under the Egg that she wrote using her study of art history at Harvard and Cambridge Universities. Her life philosophy seems to be “I’d Rather Be Reading.” She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sweet kids, and a dog if the two sweet kids keep nagging.

Adam Gidwitz
Adam Gidwitz is the author of the bestselling books A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly. He has also written The Grim Conclusion. Gidwitz went to college at Columbia and thought about majoring in religion, and then in philosophy, but ultimately chose English literature. After graduating, he stayed in New York and took a job in a second grade classroom at Saint Ann’s School, in Brooklyn. He now teaches second grade, fifth grade, and high school, writing half the time and teaching the other half.

Lisa Graff
Lisa Graff is the author of Double Dog Dare, The Thing About Georgie, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. A former children’s book editor, she is now a full time writer and an adjunct professor at McDaniel College. She lives with her cat, Henry, in New York City, where she loves to bake cookies and cakes—and even make peanut butter every once in a while.

Ann Hood
Ann Hood is the author of many books including the adult bestsellers The Knitting Circle, Comfort, and The Red Thread. She has also penned the middle-grade title How I Saved My Father’s Life (and Ruined Everything Else). She also knits, wanders around museums, has cool glasses, loves the color pink (although she never wears it), and spends a lot of her time wishing she could time travel and meet famous people. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, O, The Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere.

J.V. Kade
J.V. Kade was born and raised in Michigan. She still lives in the tiny town she grew up in, with her husband and two kids. She has written two series for young adults — Altered and Bot Wars.



Ingrid Law
Ingrid Law is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels for young readers, Savvy and Scumble. Ingrid’s books have been placed on over 25 state reading lists, and have earned accolades from Publisher’s Weekly, Oprah’s reading list, the Today Show’s Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids, and Smithsonian. Savvy was named a Newbery Honor book in 2009. Ingrid lives in Lafayette, Colorado, where she writes full time and is currently working on her next novel, Switch, which will be released in 2015.

Caroline Lawrence
Caroline Lawrence is a children’s historical mystery writer that is best known for The Roman Mysteries series. The Western Mysteries series is her second historical series. Set in Virgina City, Nevada in 1862, these aren’t your ordinary Dime Novels. These are stories of prospectors, miners, actresses, saloonkeepers, gamblers, hurdy-girls, desperados and—the worst of the lot—newspapermen. Lawrence grew up in Bakersfield, CA.

Kristen Levine
Kristin Levine ’s first book, The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, was on the American Library Association’s 2010 list of Best Books for Young Adults. The Lions of Little Rock was selected for numerous state reading lists, was a New York Times Sunday book review editor’s choice and received the New-York Historical Society’s Children’s History Book Prize. The Paper Cowboy is her third novel. Before becoming a writer, Levine worked various jobs—from an au pair in Vienna, Austria to a professor of screenwriting at American University. Currently she lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her two daughters.

C. Alexander London
C. Alexander London writes books for adults (One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War), children (Dog Tags series; An Accidental Adventure series) and teens (Proxy). At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY, where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real brains of the operation

Matt London
Matt London is a writer and avid recycler. He is the creator of the animated web comic Space Pirates in Space and a graduate of The Clarion Writers Workshop. When not investigating lost civilizations, Matt explores the mysterious island where he lives — Manhattan. His new adventure series begins with The 8th Continent.

D.J. MacHale
D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. He has penned three series for the middle grade/YA reader. His most recent project is the SYLO Chronicles, which includes SYLO, STORM and STRIKE.

Jake Marcionette
Jake Marcionette Jake Marcionette is in the sixth grade, and lives in Maryland with his parents and sister. Just Jake is his first book, and is loosely based on his life as a middle schooler who moves to a different state. His newest book, Just Jake: Dog Eat Dog, will be in stores in 2015. Jake also loves to visit schools and libraries, whether that be in person or electronically.

Wendy McClure
Wendy McClure is the author of Wanderville and The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie, as well as several other books for adults and children. She is a Senior Editor at Albert Whitman and Company, where she acquires and edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. Her projects include books in The Boxcar Children series.

Scott McCormick
Scott McCormick can juggle three balls but not four. This frustrates him to no end, especially considering some people can juggle nice. He is a marketing and advertising copywriter when he isn’t writing children’s books. He is currently working on the Mr. Pants series with RH Lazzell.


Maile Meloy
Maile Meloy is the bestselling author of The Apothecary and The Apprentices. She has also written several adult novels and short story collections. Her stories have been featured in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta.


Robin Palmer
Robin Palmer – After a decade-long career in Hollywood, Robin Palmer regained her sanity and chucked her cushy network executive job and expense account to become a writer. Which — she quickly discovered once her savings account was depleted — may not have been so sane. Palmer’s teen books include Cindy Ella, Geek Charming, and Little Miss Red. Her newest book, however, is the middle grade novel, Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Girl vs. Superstar.

M.D. Payne
M.D. Payne is a mad scientist who creates monsters by stitching together words instead of dead body parts. He truly believes the way to a reader’s heart is laughter. After nearly a decade in multimedia production for public radio, he entered children’s publishing as a copywriter and marketer. His Monster Juice series includes Fear the Barfitron, Fartsunami, and Boogers from Beyond.

Richard Peck
Richard Peck has written more than thirty novels, and in the process has become one of America’s most highly respected writers for young people. He has won numerous awards, among which is the Newbery Medal for A Year Down Yonder (2001), the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction for The River Between Us (2004). His most recent book is The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail (2013).

Dean Pitchford
Dean Pitchford was born and raised in Hawaii and studied at Yale. He began his career as an actor off and on Broadway before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing. Dean has been nominated for four Academy Awards (winning the Oscar and Golden Globe for “Fame”), six Grammys, and two Tony Awards. His first novel for young readers was The Big One-Oh, followed by Captain Nobody. His most recent title from Putnam is Nickel Bay Nick (2013).

Geoff Rodkey
Geoff Rodkey grew up in Freeport, Illinois and began his writing career on his high school newspaper, the oddly named Pretz News. During college, he wrote for both the Harvard Lampoon and the Let’s Go travel guide series. After graduation, he wrote for magazines, a video game, a newspaper, a standup comedian, a syndicated columnist, a government-funded economic think tank, several popular television shows, and hit films Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas. Blue Sea Burning, the final book in his adventure-comedy series The Chronicles of Egg is now out.

Polly Shulman
Polly Shulman is the author of The Grimm Legacy (a Bank Street Best Book and Mythopeic Fantasy Award Finalist), second book in The Repository series, and Enthusiasm. She has written for the New York Times, Discover, Newsday, Salon, Slate, Scientific American Archaeology, and the Village Voice, among others, and edits news stories for Science magazine. She is an alumna of Yale University, where she majored in math. She lives in New York City.

Sheila Turnage
Sheila Turnage grew up on a farm in eastern North Carolina. A graduate of East Carolina University, she is the author of two nonfiction books and one picture book, but Three Times Lucky is her first middle grade novel. Today Sheila lives on a farm with her husband, a smart dog, an ill-tempered cat, a dozen chickens, and a flock of guineas. She is currently writing her third novel for Dial/Penguin Group USA.

Matt Ward
Matt Ward – Though Matthew Ward was crowned the back-to-back School Spelling-Bee Champion in the third and fourth grades, his childhood passed with little international distinction. Matthew went on to be nominated for and win several awards for his work as a writer and director of several short films and a feature-length documentary. His first book, The Fantastic Family Whipple, won the Editor’s Choice Award at the 2007 SDSU Writer’s Conference and the Lincoln City Fellowship in 2011, living up the award winning family it centers around. His latest book, The war of the World Records, is the companion to The Fantastic Family Whipple.

Jacqueline West
Jacqueline West is the author of the award-winning middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere. The Books of Elsewhere, Volume One: The Shadows (2010) garnered starred reviews, several state award nominations, and a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List. The final book in the series, The Books of Elsewhere, Volume Five: Still Life, was released in July 2014. Her short fiction for adults and children has appeared in a variety of publications, and her poetry has received many honors. Jacqueline lives in Red Wing, Minnesota, with her husband and her dog, a Springer Spaniel mix named Brom Bones.

Robert Paul Weston
Robert Paul Weston lives in London, England, in a crumbling old building, hidden behind shiny glass towers. He has worked as an editor, a trampolinist, and a dub-script writer for Japanese cartoons. He also writes all of his books with a mechanical pencil. Robert has written many books for children, which include Prince Puggly of Spud and the Creature Department series.

Rachel Vail
Rachel Vail – Growing up, Rachel Vail never wanted to be a writer. She had dreams of being an actress, a lobbyist, and a poet. Now, Rachel is the critically acclaimed author of a number of books for teens and middle readers. Her most recent title is Unfriended.


Django Wexler
Django Wexler is a self-proclaimed computer/fantasy/sci fi geek. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked in artificial intelligence research. His latest release is The Mad Apprentice, the sequel to The Forbidden Library.

Young Adult

Jay Asher
Jay Asher ’s very first writing award was a free fruit smoothie every day for a year and according to him, that was the best tasting award out of all the ones he has received. He is the author of Thirteen Reasons Why (2007) and co-author of The Future of Us (2012), and is embarking on the 50 States Against Bullying tour across our nation in 2014-2015 to spread his message of acceptance and kindness. Asher loves making school and library appearances and is willing to help organize meaningful programs when he can’t be there in person.

T.A. Barron
T.A. Barron is the author of more than 30 highly acclaimed books, many of which are international bestsellers. They include The Lost Years of Merlin (now being developed into a feature film), The Great Tree of Avalon (a New York Times bestselling series), The Ancient One (the tale of a brave girl and a magical tree), and The Hero’s Trail (nonfiction stories of courageous kids). In 2000, he founded a national award to honor outstanding young people who help their communities or the environment: the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, which honors 25 highly diverse, public-spirited kids each year. His favorite pastime is hiking, camping, or skiing in Colorado with his family.

Julie Berry
Julie Berry grew up on a farm in western New York as the youngest in a family of seven book-loving kids. She holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons, and two cats. She is the author of six critically acclaimed books for young readers. All the Truth That’s in Me is her first novel for teens and adults. She is currently working on her second novel.

Susane Colasanti
Susane Colasanti taught science at a public high school in New York City for nearly a decade. Now, Susane is a full-time author, with eight books on the shelves, including Something Like Fate, Waiting for You, and Take Me There. Her latest release is Now and Forever.

Ally Condie
Ally Condie received a degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University and spent a number of years teaching high school English in Utah and upstate New York. Ally is the author of the bestselling Matched series. Her newest release is Atlantia.

Lori and Wayne Earl
Lori and Wayne Earl are the parents of the late Esther Earl and founders of the non-profit organization This Star Won’t Go Out, whose mission it is to financially assist families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. Wayne and Lori co-wrote This Star Won’t Go Out, which features journal entries, letters, and fiction written by their daughter.

Kathryn Erskine
Kathryn Erskine – As a resident of Virginia, Kathryn Erskine was devastated by the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she was driven to understand how community and family—particularly families with special-needs children—dealt with this violent event, and how our lives might be different if we understood each other better.

Gayle Forman
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Just One Day, Just One Year, Where She Went, and If I Stay, among others. She is also a journalist and her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, and Elle. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Gregory Galloway
Gregory Galloway is the author of Simple as Snow (2005) and The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand (2013). He graduated with MFAs in both fiction and poetry from the University of Iowa. He worked at a record store during his college years, fueled by a longstanding interest in music, which heavily influenced his first novel. Galloway now lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with his wife.

Alan Gratz
Alan Gratz is the author of Samurai Shortstop, which was named one of ALA’s 2007 top ten best books for young adults. His short fiction has appeared in Knoxville’s Metropulse, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and in the anthologies Half-Minute Horrows and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction, the latter two of which benefit victims of the 2011 Tsunami that struck Japan. He has also taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written over 6,000 radio commercials, and has lectured at Czech University. He is a Co-winner of the 2003 Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His latest book, The League of Seven (2014), is a steampunk adventure for young readers.

Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten young-adult novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Last Little Blue Envelope, Devilish, The Bermudez Triangle, Let It Snow, and Suite Scarlett. Her latest release, The Shadow Cabinet, is the final book in the Name of the Star trilogy. Maureen divides her time between New York City and England. She also spends far too much time online.

Una LaMarche
Una LaMarche is a writer, editor, and amateur Melrose Place historian. She is currently a columnist for The New York Observer and contributes to The Huffington Post and NickMom. Una also blogs at the Sassy Curmudgeon, which she started in 2006 as a way to bring shame to her family. Her newest title is Like No Other, a beautiful coming of age love story reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet and set in Brooklyn, NY. Una is also the author of Five Summers.

Marie Lu
Marie Lu is the author of the prominent Legend trilogy (Prodigy, Legend, Champion). Before Marie started writing full time, she was the art director at a video game company. She also owns the business and brand Fuzz Academy, which was chosen by C21Media as one of the International Licensing Expo 2010’s brands with the most potential for a TV series. She graduated from USC in ’06 and live in Los Angeles, where she spends much of her time lost on the freeways. She has recently published the first book in her new series, The Young Elites, a title by the same name (2014).

D.J. MacHale
D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. He has penned three series for the middle grade/YA reader. His most recent project is the SYLO Chronicles, which includes SYLO, STORM and STRIKE.

Richelle Mead
Richelle Mead is the author of several popular YA series including Vampire Academy and its spin-off, Bloodlines. The final book in her Bloodlines series The Ruby Circle is due out in February 2015. Mead also writes adult books; her most recent book, The Immortal Crown (2014), is the second book in the Age of X series. She drinks a lot of coffee, and believes her neighbors to be ex-KGB spies. And while she believes music was perfected in the 1980’s, clothing still has a long way to go.

Robin Palmer
Robin Palmer – After a decade-long career in Hollywood, Robin Palmer regained her sanity and chucked her cushy network executive job and expense account to become a writer. Which — she quickly discovered once her savings account was depleted — may not have been so sane. Palmer’s teen books include Cindy Ella, Geek Charming, and Little Miss Red. Her newest book, however, is the middle grade novel, Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Girl vs. Superstar.

Diana Renn
Diana Renn knew at the age of five that she wanted to be a writer. She’s taken all sorts of jobs in order to support her writing habit, and now writes contemporary mysteries for young adults. Tokyo Heist is her first novel, to be followed by Latitude Zero (2014) and Blue Voyage (2015)


Ruta Sepetys
Ruta Sepetys grew up saying she would marry Roald Dahl. She is part of a family of artists, readers, and music lovers which helped her creativity grow. Her first novel, Between Shades of Gray, was inspired by her father who escaped from Lithuania when he was a young boy. Ruta’s is also the author of Out of the Easy.

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith knew ever since his days as editor of his high school newspaper that he wanted to be a writer. Andrew is a native Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. He is also the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including Grasshopper Jungle and Winger.

Sherri Smith
Sherri Smith has written several award-winning novels for young adults. Flygirl, her first and most recent novel with Putnam, won the California Book Award, was a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, and has received over fifteen state award nominations. She has also worked on several films, including Tim Burton’s MARS ATTACKS!. She worked for three years at Disney TV animation, nine years at Bongo Comics (Who bring you The Simpsons in print), and can now be found in Los Angeles, working on her next book. Sherri happily spends her days writing novels and visiting her readers in schools and libraries across the country.

Maya Van Wagenen
Maya Van Wagenen is an amazing teen author. At the age of eleven, Maya found a copy of Betty Cornell’s 1950s Teen-Age Popularity Guide and used the lessons it contained to make her way through the transition of moving in middle school. This experience resulted in Maya writing her first novel, Popular. Currently, Maya lives with her parents and two siblings in rural Georgia where she attends high school.

Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman is an oceanographer by training and lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Along with Island’s End, she is the author of Climbing the Stairs (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008; Speak, 2010) and twenty books for young readers, published in India, on a variety of subjects. Her most recent novel, published by Nancy Paulsen Books is A Time to Dance (2014). Padma Venkatraman enjoys speaking about her work, diversity (disability/differently-abled, multiculturalism, gender equality/women’s rights) in literature (especially for children and young adults), and doing workshops on aspects of the writing craft at universities, schools, libraries and book clubs. She has provided keynote addresses at international literary festivals and teacher/librarian/reading conferences, participated on panels at Harvard University, the Penn World Voices Festival etc., and given commencement speeches.

Paul Volponi
Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist and teacher living in New York City. For six years he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write, and for six years he taught teens in drug day-treatment centers. These experiences have influenced many of his novels. He is the author of Black and White (winner of the IRA Children’s Book Award for YA Fiction), Rooftop, Rucker Park Setup and, most recently, Hurricane Song. The Final Four (2013) is Paul Volponi’s most recent title.

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