Young Author Bookshelf

Because Ch1Con is all about young writers supporting young writers, we’re pleased to be able to present to you this list of young published authors!

Our young author bookshelf comprises writers, published in 2010 and beyond, whose books were bought by traditional publishers while the authors were 25 years or younger. (Though entries are organized by publication year, the numbers in parentheses represent each author’s age at the time of their book deal, not at publication.)

Some of them have spoken at our conference: see if you can spot any familiar names below!

bookshelf

2018 RELEASE

Samantha Shannon (19)
[Untitled] (Bone Season #5) – upper YA fantasy

Kara Barbieri (20)
White Stag (Permafrost #1) – YA fantasy

Ava Jae (22)
The Rising Gold (Beyond the Red #3) – YA sci-fi

Jessica Long (24)
[Untitled] – teen memoir

Krista and Becca Ritchie (25)
The Fast Track – YA sci-fi

2017 RELEASE

Hilde Lysiak (9)
[Untitled] (Hilde Cracks the Case #1) – children’s contemporary

Emily Trunko (15)
The Last Message Received – nonfiction Tumblr compilation

Jennifer Yu (19)
Four Weeks, Five People – YA contemporary

Samantha Shannon (19)
The Song Rising (Bone Season #3) – upper YA fantasy
[Untitled] (Bone Season #4) – upper YA fantasy

Kiley Roache (19)
The F Word – YA contemporary

Malala Yousafzai (19)
Malala’s Magic Pencil – picture book

Whitney Taylor (20)
Definitions of Indefinable Things – YA contemporary

Jenny Fran Davis (20)
Love from the Funny Farm – YA contemporary

Abigail Gibbs (20s)
[Untitled] (Dark Heroine #3) – YA paranormal romance

Lucy Saxon (21)
The City Bleeds Gold (Tellus #3) – YA sci-fi adventure

Karuna Riazi (21)
The Gauntlet – MG fantasy adventure

Ava Jae (22)
Into the Black (Beyond the Red #2) – YA sci-fi

Francesca Zappia (22)
Eliza and Her Monsters – YA contemporary

Emily Skrutskie (22)
The Edge of the Abyss (Abyss Surrounds Us #2) – YA fantasy adventure

Sasha Alsberg (22) and Lindsay Cummings (24)
Zenith (Androma Saga #1)- YA sci-fi adventure

Laura Tims (23)
The Art of Feeling – YA contemporary

Kat Zhang (24)
The Emperor’s Riddle – MG adventure

Victoria Aveyard (24)
King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) – YA fantasy dystopian

Kyra Leigh (25)
Reaper – YA fantasy

2016 RELEASE

Jake Marcionette (13)
Camp Wild Survivor (Just Jake #3) – children’s contemporary

Jazz Jennings (14)
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen – teen memoir

Eilis Barrett (15)
Oasis – YA dystopian

Emily Trunko (15)
Dear My (Blank) – nonfiction Tumblr compilation

Sean Fay Wolfe (17)
Herobrine’s Message (Elementia Chronicles #3) – MG video game fictionalization

Ashley Royer (17)
Remember to Forget – YA contemporary

Amy Zhang (18)
This is Where the World Ends – YA contemporary

Olivia Rivers (18)
Tone Deaf – YA contemporary

Danah Khalil (18)
My Demon’s Name is Ed – teen memoir

Stephanie Diaz (19)
Evolution (Extraction #3) – YA sci-fi dystopian

Karen Bao (19)
Dove Exiled (Dove Arising #2) – YA sci-fi dystopian

Laura Tims (20)
Please Don’t Tell – YA thriller

Ava Jae (21)
Beyond the Red (Beyond the Red #1)- YA sci-fi

Alice Oseman (21)
Radio Silence – YA contemporary

Emily Skrutskie (22) 
The Abyss Surrounds Us (Abyss Surrounds Us #1)- YA fantasy adventure

Stefan Bachmann (22)
A Drop of Night – YA horror

Lindsay Cummings (23)
The Traitor of Belltroll (Balance Keepers #3) – MG fantasy

Kody Keplinger (24)
Run – YA contemporary

Hannah Moscowitz (24)
Gena/Finn – YA contemporary

Victoria Aveyard (24)
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – YA fantasy dystopian

Marni Bates (25)
Dial Em for Murder – YA thriller

2015 RELEASE

Jake Marcionette (13)
Dog Eat Dog (Just Jake #2) – children’s contemporary

Lucy Saxon (17)
The Almost King (Tellus #2)- YA sci-fi adventure

Sean Fay Wolfe (17)
Quest for Justice (Elementia Chronicles #1) – MG video game novelization
The New Order (Elementia Chronicles #2) – MG video game novelization

Samantha Shannon (19)
The Mime Order (Bone Season #2) – upper YA fantasy

Stephanie Diaz (19)
Rebellion (Extraction #2) – YA sci-fi dystopian

Karen Bao (19)
Dove Arising (Dove Arising #1) – YA sci-fi dystopian

Lindsay Cummings (20)
The Death Code (Murder Complex #2) – YA sci-fi dystopian
The Pillars of Ponderay (Balance Keepers #2) – MG fantasy

Francesca Zappia (20)
Made You Up – YA contemporary

Beth Reekles (20)
Cwtch Me if You Can – YA romance

Cayla Kluver (21)
The Empty Throne (Heirs of Chrior #2) – YA fantasy

Kody Keplinger (23)
LOL: Lying Out Loud – YA contemporary

Hannah Moscowitz (23)
Not Otherwise Specified – YA contemporary
A History of Glitter and Blood – YA fantasy

Victoria Aveyard (24)
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)- YA fantasy dystopian

Jessica Khoury (25)
Vitro (Corpus #2) – YA sci-fi
Kalahari (Corpus #3) – YA sci-fi

2014 RELEASE

Jake Marcionette (13)
Just Jake (Just Jake #1) – children’s contemporary

Maya Van Wagenen (15)
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek – teen nonfiction

Beth Reekles (17)
Out of Tune – YA romance

Lucy Saxon (17)
Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1) – YA sci-fi adventure

Abigail Gibbs (17)
Autumn Rose (Dark Heroine #2) – YA paranormal romance

Katherine Ewell (17)
Dear Killer – YA thriller

Amy Zhang (17)
Falling Into Place – YA contemporary

Alice Oseman (18)
Solitaire – YA contemporary

Samantha Shannon (19)
The Bone Season (Bone Season #1)- upper YA fantasy

Stephanie Diaz (19)
Extraction (Extraction #1)- YA sci-fi dystopian

S.R. Savell (19)
Paper Hearts – YA contemporary

Lindsay Cummings (20)
The Murder Complex (Murder Complex #1)- YA sci-fi dystopian
The Fires of Calderon (Balance Keepers #1) – MG fantasy

Kat Zhang (20)
Echoes of Us (Hybrid Chronicles #3)- YA sci-fi dystopian

Cayla Kluver (21)
The Queen’s Choice (Heirs of Chrior #1) – YA fantasy

Alexandra Adornetto (21)
Ghost House – YA paranormal

Kody Keplinger (22)
The Swift Boys & Me – YA contemporary

Marni Bates (23)
Awkwardly Ever After (Smith High #4) – YA contemporary

2013 RELEASE 

Malala Yousafzai (15)
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Talibanautobiography

Beth Reekles (17)
Rolling Dice – YA romance

Stefan Bachmann (18)
The Whatnot (Peculiar #2) – MG steampunk

Kat Zhang (20)
Once We Were (Hybrid Chronicles #2) – YA sci-fi dystopian

Kody Keplinger (21)
Secrets and Lies – YA contemporary

Hannah Moscowitz (21)
Teeth – YA magical realism
Marco Impossible – MG contemporary

Marni Bates (22)
Invisible (Smith High #2) – YA contemporary
Notable (Smith High #3) – YA contemporary

Jessica Burkhart (24)
Jealousy (Canterwood Crest #17) – tween contemporary
Famous (Canterwood Crest #18) – tween contemporary
Home for Christmas (Canterwood Crest Special #2) – tween contemporary

2012 RELEASE 

Nancy Yi Fan (16)
Sword Mountain (Swordbird #2) – YA fantasy adventure

Rachel Coker (16)
Interrupted: Life Beyond Words – YA Christian historical fiction
Chasing Jupiter – YA Christian historical fiction

Beth Reekles (17)
The Kissing Booth – YA romance

Cayla Kluver (17)
Allegiance (Legacy #2) – YA historical fantasy
Sacrifice (Legacy #3) – YA historical fantasy

Alexandra Adornetto (17)
Heaven (Halo #3) – YA paranormal romance

Abigail Gibbs (17)
Dinner with a Vampire (Dark Heroine #1) – YA paranormal romance

Vahini Naidoo (17)
Fall to Pieces – YA contemporary

Kody Keplinger (18)
A Midsummer’s Nightmare -YA contemporary

Stefan Bachmann (18)
The Peculiar (Peculiar #1) – MG steampunk

Hannah Moscowitz (20)
Gone, Gone, Gone – YA contemporary

Kat Zhang (20)
What’s Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles #1)- YA sci-fi dystopian

Marni Bates (20)
Decked with Holly – YA contemporary

Jessica Khoury (22)
Origin (Corpus #1)- YA sci-fi

Jessica Burkhart (23)
Popular (Canterwood Crest #14) – tween contemporary
Comeback (Canterwood Crest #15) – tween contemporary
Masquerade (Canterwood Crest #16) – tween contemporary

2011 RELEASE 

Cayla Kluver (17)
Legacy (Legacy #1) – YA historical fantasy

Alexandra Adornetto (17)
Hades (Halo #2) – YA paranormal romance

Kody Keplinger (19)
Shut Out – YA contemporary

Hannah Moscowitz (19)
Invincible Summer – YA contemporary
Zombie Tag – MG horror

Christopher Paolini (19)
Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle #4) – YA fantasy

Marni Bates (20)
Awkward (Smith High #1) – YA contemporary

Jessica Burkhart (22)
Chosen (Canterwood Crest Special #1) – tween contemporary
Initiation (Canterwood Crest #13) – tween contemporary

2010 RELEASE

Steph Bowe (15)
Girl Saves Boy – YA contemporary

Alexandra Adornetto (17)
Halo (Halo #1) – YA paranormal romance

Kody Keplinger (18)
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend – YA contemporary

Alex and Brent Harris (20)
Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are – teen Christian self-help

Jessica Burkhart (21)
Home Sweet Drama (Canterwood Crest #8) – tween contemporary
City Secrets (Canterwood Crest #9) – tween contemporary
Elite Ambition (Canterwood Crest #10) – tween contemporary
Scandals, Rumors, Lies (Canterwood Crest #11) – tween contemporary
Unfriendly Competition (Canterwood Crest #12) – tween contemporary

FUTURE RELEASE

Hilde Lysiak (9)
[Untitled] (Hilde Cracks the Case #2) – children’s contemporary
[Untitled] (Hilde Cracks the Case #3) – children’s contemporary
[Untitled] (Hilde Cracks the Case #4) – children’s contemporary

Amy Zhang (18)
Memento Mori – YA contemporary

Samantha Shannon (19)
[Untitled] (Bone Season #6) – upper YA fantasy
[Untitled] (Bone Season #7) – upper YA fantasy

 

We strive to maintain an accurate list of published teen and young authors. If you notice any errors, please comment below and let us know!

 

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