Young Adult & Children’s

Dahlia Adler

DAHLIA ADLER is an editor by day, a freelance writer by night, and an author and anthologist at every spare moment in between. She’s the founder of; her novels include the Kids’ Indie Next picks Cool for the Summer, Home Field Advantage, and Going Bicoastal, a Sydney Taylor Honor book; and she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart, That Way Madness Lies, At Midnight, and, with Jennifer Iacopelli, Out of Our League, a Kids’ Indie Next pick and Junior Library Guild selection. Dahlia lives in New York with her family and a wall of overflowing bookcases.


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Marni Bates

MARNI BATES wrote her first full-length manuscript in high school, and was hired at age 19 to write her memoir, Marni, for HCI’s Louder Than Words series (selected by the New York Public Library for their Stuff for the Teen Age List). Her debut novel, Awkward, was optioned by The Disney Channel as a made-for-TV movie. She has five published novels in her Smith High School series, which have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, and French. Her latest novel, DIAL EM FOR MURDER is forthcoming from Merit Press in summer 2016.

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Rebecca Bendheim

REBECCA BENDHEIM (she/her) is a middle school teacher, writer, and member of the nationally-renowned Typewriter Rodeo poetry troupe, with which she types on-the-spot poetry for strangers and records weekly poems for Texas NPR. She grew up in Rhode Island and earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Austin, Texas with her partner, corgi mix, and orange cat. You can find her @rebeccabendheim on all platforms.

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Dusti Bowling

DUSTI BOWLING is the bestselling, award-winning author of  middle grade novels, including INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS (Union Square Kids, 2017), 24 HOURS IN NOWHERE (Union Square Kids, 2018), THE CANYON’S EDGE (Little, Brown Children’s, 2020), ACROSS THE DESERT (Little, Brown Children’s, 2021), and DUST (Little, Brown Children’s, 2023). Dusti’s chapter books include the AVEN GREEN series (Union Square Kids). Dusti currently lives in Eagar, Arizona with her husband, three daughters, and a bunch of farm animals. You can find her at or on X @Dusti_Bowling.

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Heather Murphy Capps

HEATHER MURPHY CAPPS is the author of Upper Middle-Grade books Indigo and Ida (2023 Lerner/Carolrhoda Books) and The Rule of Three (2024 Lerner/Carolrhoda Books). Heather writes about history, social justice, science, & magic. She is a mother of two and an education equity activist. As a biracial author, Heather is passionate about creating diversity in publishing. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Indigo and Ida, has been called “moving and inspiring,” received two starred reviews, made Booklist’s 2023 “Top 10 First Novels for Youth,” and was a finalist in the Jane Addams 2024 Children’s Book Awards. Her website is; Instagram is @hmcwrites.



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Hayley Chewins

HAYLEY CHEWINS is an award-winning author of middle grade fantasy and a published poet. Her debut novel, THE TURNAWAY GIRLS (Candlewick, 2018), received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2018 as well as a 2019 Amelia Bloomer List pick. Her second novel, THE SISTERS OF STRAYGARDEN PLACE (Candlewick, 2020), also received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, and was chosen as the 2020 Foreword Indies Gold Winner for Juvenile Fiction and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Hayley is also the author of LOKI: SEASON ONE NOVEL (Marvel Press, 2023), a middle grade novelization of Marvel’s LOKI television show, starring Tom Hiddleston. Her YA debut, I AM THE SWARM, is forthcoming from Viking Children’s in 2025. Hayley lives with her family in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the co-host, with Lindsay Eager, of the Story of the Book podcast, where she interviews authors about their publishing journeys. When she isn’t writing books, Hayley sings and writes music for her alt-pop band with Alejandro Zarazua, EIGHT THOUSAND BIRDS.

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Frank L. Cole

FRANK L. COLE was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot.

Frank is the author of the middle-grade novels THE AFTERLIFE ACADEMY (Delacorte/Random House 2015) and THE WORLD’S GREATEST ADVENTURE MACHINE (Delacorte/Random House, forthcoming in 2016), as well as seven other children’s books including the ADVENTURE’S OF HASHBROWN WINTERS series and the GUARDIAN series. An active promoter of reading, he has spoken to over 45,000 children across the country on the theme of “Exercising Your Imagination.” You can read more about Frank at:

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Ashlee Cowles

ASHLEE COWLES is the award-winning author of BENEATH WANDERING STARS (Simon Pulse), which won the Colorado Book Award, and THE POPPY & THE ROSE (forthcoming from Owl Hollow Press in 2020).

A history buff who wishes time travel was real, Ashlee finds writing books the next best thing. Raised in a military family without roots, she spent her teen years in Europe and enjoys traveling the world almost as much as she loves telling stories. Learn more at


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Lindsay Currie

LINDSAY CURRIE is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of mysteries for young readers, including It Found Us, Scritch Scratch, and The Mystery of Locked Rooms. She grew up on Nancy Drew and loves a good twisty tale. When she’s not writing, Lindsay can generally be found looking for an adventure of her own. She loves researching the forgotten history in her city, Chicago, taking long walks with her family, and as pretty much everyone knows . . . Disney World! Learn more at


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Julia Day

JULIA DAY was born in Tennessee, raised in Mississippi, and now calls North Carolina her home. She has two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers to count. When she’s not writing stories or software, she’s traveling to distant places or watching dance reality shows on TV.

The Possibility of Somewhere (St. Martin’s Press, 2016) was Julia’s first YA contemporary romance, followed by Fade to Us (St. Martin’s Press, 2018). She also writes YA paranormal as Elizabeth Langston.

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Margaret Dilloway

MARGARET DILLOWAY is the internationally published author of critically acclaimed middle grade and women’s fiction novels. Her middle grade contemporary novels, including Summer of a Thousand Pies, Five Things About Ava Andrews, and Where the Sky Lives, are published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. She is also the author of the American Library Association Asian/Pacific Islander Honor Award-winning Momotaro middle grade fantasy series (Little, Brown/Hachette), about a contemporary half-Japanese boy who discovers that he’s a legendary warrior.

Margaret sits on the board of San Diego Writers, Ink, where she sometimes teaches. She lives in San Diego with her husband, three kids, and a fluffy Goldendoodle named Gatsby, who co-stars in the Momotaro series.

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Jen Ferguson

JEN FERGUSON (she/her) is a queer woman with Métis/Michif and white settler ancestry. She is also an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice armed with a PhD in English and Creative Writing who believes that writing, teaching and beading are political acts. Her debut YA novel The Summer of Bitter and Sweet has seven starred reviews, won the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature–Text, is a 2023 Stonewall Honor Book, an NPR Best Book of 2022, a School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2022, a Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction of 2022, a 2022 Horn Book FanFare Book, a Kirkus 2022 Best Young Adult Book, a 2023 White Pine Award Nominee, a 2022 Young Adult Golden Poppy Finalist and a 2023 Morris Award Finalist among other honors. Jen’s second YA novel, Those Pink Mountain Nights, is a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection with four starred reviews, while her third, A Constellation of Minor Bears, is forthcoming in September 2024. Jen also writes for adults. Border Markers, a collection of interrelated flash fiction stories, is out now with NeWest Press. Additionally, her essay “Off Balance” was selected for the Best Canadian Essays 2020 and her novella “Missing” won The Malahat Review’s Novella Prize in 2022. Currently, she lives on the traditional and unceded territories of the Meskwaki, the Báxoje and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ nations, and teaches fiction writing at Coe College.

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Claire Forrest

CLAIRE FORREST is a novelist and essayist. Her work has appeared on HuffPost Personal and Bustle, among other places. She is a graduate of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Her critical thesis focused on the importance of allowing disabled authors to tell their own authentic stories. Claire debut novel, Where You See Yourself (Scholastic), was a Schneider Family Award Honor book and received three starred reviews.

When she’s not writing, Claire is looking for her next book to read and enjoys swimming, attending concerts, spending time with her family and friends, and befriending every dog she meets. She currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. You can find out more about her at

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Lisa Gerlits

LISA GERLITS (she/her) is the author of the middle grade novel, A MANY FEATHERED THING, which won an Oregon Spirit Book Award. She is a poet, muralist, and believer in people. Currently, she directs a nonprofit that builds community with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She lives in Silverton, Oregon where she enjoys gorging on berries and walking behind waterfalls. Visit her online at

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Alison Gervais

ALISON GERVAIS is the author of In 27 Days and The Silence Between Us, for which she received the 2020 Schneider Family Honor Book Award. She graduated with a degree in English from Colorado State University – Pueblo and now works at a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with disabilities. Currently Alison lives in Colorado with her husband and their two daughters. When she has the time, she likes to write.

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Juliana Goodman

JULIANA GOODMAN was born and raised in Blue Island, Illinois. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in 2014 and her MFA in Fiction Writing in 2017 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Juliana has received several awards and scholarships for her writing and was a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award Finalist as well as a fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship from 2019-2022. Her debut YA novel, The Black Girls Left Standing is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection and a 2023 Edgar Award Nominee. Juliana is currently a creative writing lecturer at Oberlin College. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror films, reading the latest young adult novels and hanging out with her poodle, Darcy and her cat, Pickle.

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Candice Iloh

CANDICE ILOH is the award-winning author of young adult novels Every Body Looking, Break This House, and Salt the Water. A 2020 National Book Award Finalist and 2021 Printz Honoree, Iloh is a first-generation Nigerian-American writer whose books center home. In 2018, they were awarded a Critical Breaks residency with Hi-ARTS to develop and perform a one-night-only stage production of ADA: On Stage, a multi-media one-person-show, introducing the audience to in-progress themes of their now critically-acclaimed debut novel. They are a proud alum of the Rhode Island Writers Colony and their work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, Kimbilio Fiction and, most recently, The PEW Center for Arts & Heritage for 2023-2025. Iloh is a former high school creative writing teacher who has previously taught young people of every age, from pre-K through high school. Their debut picture book, Emeka, Eat Egusi! will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2026.


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Jennie Liu

JENNIE LIU is the author of the YA novels Girls on the Line (2018), Like Spilled Water (2020), The Red Car to Hollywood (2025) and the middle grade novel Enly and the Buskin’ Blues (2022). To learn more about her, please visit

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Mary McCoy

MARY MCCOY is a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library and the author of the young adult novels Indestructible Object (Simon & Schuster Children’s), Dead to Me (Disney-Hyperion), Camp So-and-So (Carolrhoda Lab), and the 2019 Printz Honor Book I, Claudia (Carolrhoda Lab). Mary grew up in western Pennsylvania and holds degrees from Rhodes College and the University of Wisconsin. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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Anna Meriano

ANNA MERIANO is the author of the Love Sugar Magic series, This Is How We Fly, and It Sounds Like This. She works as a writing teacher and tutor in her hometown of Houston. Anna likes reading, knitting, and playing full-contact quadball. Her work can also be found in anthologies such as Relit, Firsts and Lasts, and Game On.

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Jennifer Moffett

JENNIFER MOFFETT grew up in Arkansas, where she spent her childhood playing in creeks and climbing trees while dreaming up stories about faraway places. A college study abroad program sparked her lifelong passion for travel. After working in children’s television in New York, she received an MA in Creative Writing. She teaches Screenwriting and Creative Writing for Southern New Hampshire University, and lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her family, where she spends as much time as possible at the beach.
Her debut YA thriller, THOSE WHO PREY (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) was a 2021 New York Public Library and Boston Public Library Staff Pick, and has been featured in Shondaland, Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Bustle, Book Riot, Goodreads, and more.
You can find Jennifer at @jbmoffett on Instagram and Threads or at

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Axie Oh

New York Times bestselling author AXIE OH is a first-generation Korean American, born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California San Diego and holds an MFA in Writing for Young People from Lesley University. Her passions include K-pop, anime, stationery supplies, and milk tea, and she currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her dog, Toro (named after Totoro). She is the author of the YA science fiction novels Rebel Seoul and Rogue Heart (Tu Books/Lee & Low), the YA contemporaries XOXO and ASAP (Harper Teen), and the YA fantasy The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, 2022).

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Ingrid Palmer

Originally from Ohio, INGRID PALMER has always had a touch of the pioneer spirit. She once crewed a sailboat through the Georgian Bay, drove sled dogs in Quebec, and went river rafting in Germany. These days, she’s having the time of her life writing young adult novels in the small Colorado mountain town where she lives with her husband, two sons, a mellow dog, and a ninja cat.

When not writing books, Ingrid works as a freelance editor. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and​ is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. ALL OUT OF PRETTY, her debut novel, will release from Creston Books in 2018. Visit her online at or follow her on Twitter @IngPalmer.


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Jaime Questell

JAIME QUESTELL grew up in Houston, Texas, where she escaped the heat and humidity by diving into stacks of Baby Sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High books. She has been a book seller (fair warning: book lovers who become book sellers will give half their paychecks right back to their employers), a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and now works as a graphic designer in addition to writing. Currently, she lives in the suburbs with her family, one derpy dog, and one imperious cat. If she had her way, she’d have an army of corgis, like the Queen of England. Her debut YA contemporary fantasy By a Charm and a Curse released from Entangled Teen in 2018.

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Sandy Stark-McGinnis

SANDY STARK-MCGINNIS was born in California. Early childhood dreams: Play quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, or become a forest ranger. Instead, she became something more inspirational, a teacher. Currently, she teaches fifth grade, and is amazed and inspired by her students every day. She spends her time reading (of course), and traveling with her husband and two children. Sandy believes her thirteen years as a competitive swimmer trained her to have the discipline and perseverance to journey through a writing life. Her middle grade novels include Extraordinary Birds and The Space Between Lost and Found (Bloomsbury). Find about more about Sandy at

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Kirya Traber

KIRYA TRABER is a writer, performer, and cultural organizer. Her work with First Person PBS received a NY Emmy Nomination in 2019. Her collaborative work with Ping Chong + Company, Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ, was a NYTimes Critics Pick in 2018. Her plays include: Both My Grandfathers (workshop, Lincoln Center in 2015), Ready or Not (formerly Lucky, development, NYSAF 2020), the musical If This Be Sin (development, Kennedy Center 2021), and Beyond Punishment: Stories of Justice and Healing (commissioned by Columbia Center for Justice 2023). Her debut young adult novel (based on the play Ready or Not), will be published by Dutton/Penguin. She is a 2024 New Harmony Project Fellow, a 2021 Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow, a 2021 Djerassi Artist Residency Fellow, the Curator in Residence with Hi-ARTS from 2020-2023, New York Stage and Film’s 2020 Founders Award recipient, and was Lincoln Center’s lead Community Artist in Residence from 2015-2020. Kirya has received a Robert Redford’s Sundance Foundation award for Activism in the Arts. She will attend the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for a graduate certificate in Radio and Podcasting in the fall of 2024.

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Edward Underhill

EDWARD UNDERHILL (he/him) is a queer trans man who grew up in the suburbs of Wisconsin, where he could not walk to anything, which meant he had to make up his own adventures. He studied music in college, spent several years living in very small apartments in New York City, and currently resides in California with his partner and a talkative black cat. His books for teens include Kids’ Indie Next Pick and YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection Always the Almost; This Day Changes Everything, which earned starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books; and the forthcoming In Case You Read This. His adult fiction debut, The In-Between Bookstore, will release from Avon/HarperCollins in early 2025.

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Jenni L. Walsh

JENNI L. WALSH is USA Today bestselling author of over twelve books. Her passion lies in transporting readers to another world, be it in historical or contemporary settings. She is a proud member of the Tall Poppy writers, a graduate of Villanova University, and lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, daughter, son, and various pets.

For children, Jenni has written the She Dared nonfiction series and novels Hettie and the London BlitzI Am DefianceBy the Light of FirefliesOver and OutOperation: Happy, and The Bug Bandits. She also writes historical novels for adults, including Becoming BonnieSide by SideA Betting WomanThe Call of the WrensUnsinkable, and Ace, Marvel Spy. To learn more about Jenni and her books, please visit or @jennilwalsh on social media.

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Kristi Wientge

KRISTI WIENTGE is originally from Ohio where she grew up writing stories about animals and, her favorite, a jet-setting mouse. After studying to become a teacher for children with special needs, she spent several years exploring the world from China to England, teaching her students everything from English to how to flip their eyelids inside out before finally calling Singapore home. Now, all her adventures revolve around her four children and within the contemporary MG books she writes. Her novels include Karma Khullar’s Mustache, Honeybees and Frenemies, and Best Friends, Bikinis, and Other Summer Catastrophes (Simon & Schuster Children’s).

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Justine Pucella Winans

JUSTINE PUCELLA WINANS (they/she) is a queer and nonbinary writer who lives in Los Angeles with their husband and incredible Halloween-colored cats. Their books include YA mysteries like the critically acclaimed Indies Introduce title, Bianca Torre is Afraid Of Everything, and the Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection, One Killer Problem. Their MG speculative horror titles include the acclaimed Stonewall Honor Book The Otherwoods and Wishbone. When not writing queer, creepy, and funny fiction for kids and teens, they can be found training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, reading (a lot of) manga and webcomics, and actively avoiding real life scary situations. You can also find them (and all their books) on

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Alexandra Leigh Young

ALEXANDRA LEIGH YOUNG was born with a Top 40 song stuck in her head. Her first two cassette tapes were Janet Jackson’s Control and Queen’s Greatest Hits. Her pop-music dreams came true in college when she got a gig in concert production and went on tour with Third Eye Blind, The New Kids on the Block, Nick Lachey, and many more. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she moved to New York City where she ran an audio post-production house called Explosion Robinson. While there, she produced music and sound design for TV shows and video games like Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and Dance Central. In 2015, she was awarded an artist residency in South Korea, where she fell in love with a new kind of music: K-pop. After a year of reporting on South Korea’s music industry, she returned to the US and produced her debut podcast episode for Radiolab, called “K-poparazzi.” Today, she continues to report and produce podcasts for The New York Times’ #1-ranked news podcast, The Daily.  She is the author of the young adult novels Idol Gossip, set in the world of K-pop, and Lou with the Band, releasing from Walker US/Candlewick in 2025.


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