Wednesday, June 6, 2012

40 Authors For Your Junior-Senior High School Audience

It's hard to get kids interested in reading. They are being entertained at every turn, with videos, smartphones, X-Box 360, Wii and the Internet. As I finished my year-end report for the library media center, I realized that circulation of books had gone down and I needed to find a way to get them interested in reading. Earlier this year I did a post on Why I Order Graphic Novels for the Library, where I explained why I choose to keep these books in the collection. I'm happy if a student reads a magazine, because reading IS reading. So, I decided to not just provide a listing of young adult authors, I've added some of their book titles, since students remember the title of a book they want to read, not necessarily the author's name. And believe me, they DO judge a book by its cover.....or title for that matter. NEXT POST:  Authors for elementary school children.

Sherman Alexie
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Laurie Halse Anderson- writes for young readers and young adult readers
Jay Asher- Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of US; NY Times Best-Selling Author
Avi- writes for children and young adults; comedy, mystery, historical fiction, short stories and more
Judy Blume- writes for all ages
Ann Brashares- Young adult and adult novels; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Meg Cabot- author for kids/tweens, young adult and adults
Orson Scott Card- Landertop, (graphic novel) Lost Gate, Pathfinder
Cassandra Clare- writes novels, (City of Bones) short fiction, (Geektastic) and graphic novels (first one due in December 2012)
Eoin Colfer- writes for tweens and young adults; Artemis Fowl, The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List
Suzanne Collins- author of the Hunger Games series
Ally Condie- The Matched Trilogy
Robert Cormier-The Chocolate War, I Am the Cheese, We All Fall down, In the Middle of the Night
Sarah Dessen- That Summer, Someone Like You
Cornelia Funke- writes for tweens and young adults; Dragon Rider, Inkheart, Igraine the Brave, Ghosthunters and the Mud-Dripping Monster
Neil Gaiman- writes books for all ages
Nancy Garden- books for ages 10-14 year olds
Carl Hiaasen- writes for young readers and adults
S.E. Hinton- Rumblefish, The Outsiders, Tex
M.E. Kerr- Fell Back, Fell Down, Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack, Deliver Us From Evie
Michael Laser- writes for all ages
David Levithan- The Realm of Possibility, Are We There Yet?, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Lois Lowry- author of The Giver
C.K. Kelly Martin- I Know it's Over, My Beating Teenage Heart, Come See About Me
Stephenie Meyer- Twilight Series author,also has written The Host
Walter Dean Myers- Kick, Lockdown, Dope Sick, The Cruisers, Sunrise Over Fallujah, Monster, Street Love
Christopher Paolini- Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
James Patterson- Maximum Ride, Daniel X, Witch and Wizard, Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!
Gary Paulsen- Hatchett, Brian's Winter, Dogsong
Richard E. Peck- Schmidt's Mill, Jackalope Casino, Something for Joey
Rick Riordan- young adult and adult author; Percy Jackson's World, Kane Chronicles
J.K. Rowling- Harry Potter series
Louis Sachar- Holes, The Cardturner
Jerry Spinelli- writes for kids and young adults; Stargirl, Eggs, Milkweed
Maggie Stiefvater- The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Boys, The Scorpio Races
Ned Vizzini- How to Not Go Crazy in High School, Teen Angst?, Be More Chill
Cynthia Voight- Angus and Sadie
Scott Westerfeld- Uglies, Peeps, Midnighters, (series) Leviathan, So Yesterday
Jacqueline Woodson- writes for kids and young adults
Paul Zindel- The Pigman, Harry and Hortense at Hormone High, Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeballs

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