Hollywood Calling! Find Out The Hollywood Connection of these YA Author’s at TeenBookCon

I’m excited to be moderating the Hollywood Calling panel at this weekend’s TeenBookCon. At the panel you can ask the four featured authors questions, and learn more about their books and writing life.  If you stay until the end of the day you’ll have the opportunity to meet them and have books signed.

Alexandra Bracken has written several  books for young adults including The Darkest Minds series and The Passenger series. On her author page she describes her writing, “I write about teens with superpowers, time travelers, family curses, and damsels in distress who save themselves.” She has also written a middle grade title called The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding andalex-bracken-interview-wayfarer a novel about Star Wars called A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farmboy.

Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas-the eighteenth century privateer she loves-and her natural time.

An experienced journalist, Jeff Giles has written his first young adult novel, The Edge of Everything.


It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

When I hear the name Andrew McCarthy I will forever think of Blane in Pretty in Pink. Others may know him from his roles on the television shows: Law & Order, Lipstick Jungle, White CImage result for just fly away bookollar or The Family. Besides being a prolific actor, McCarthy has also written numerous articles (predominately about travel), and published a best selling travel book called The Longest Way Home. His new project is a young adult novel called Just Fly Away.

When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could Lucy’s father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn’t her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is?

As her father’s secret becomes her own, Lucy grows more and more isolated from her friends, her family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she thought understood her. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.

Angie Thomas’ first novel, The Hate U Give burst onto the NYTBS the same week that it was released. Since that time it has been highly praised, and is a hot topic on social media and in library and bookseller circles.

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

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