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***For a complete list of published teen authors, check out our Teen Author Bookshelf.***
*For a list of books to be published by teen authors in 2015, see here.*
My intention here is not to sensationalize these authors for their ages. I’m a little hesitant to even publish this list for that reason, because I know, after the years of hard work the authors put in, they shouldn’t be classified as prodigies, as if they didn’t “earn it” the same way other published authors did. But at the same time, I know the internet is riddled with negativity geared toward teen writers, and a list like this proves a core belief of this blog–that teens have the same capacity to write a kickass novel as any author out there. I hope that message–that all of you have something meaningful to say–is what shines through.
(Note: This list only contains books that are a) published in 2014, b) written by authors who sold their books while they were twenty years old or younger, and c) are published by well-respected publishers. The latter is a pretty archaic way to narrow it down, I know, but I decided that including self-published teen authors would widen the quality scope so much that this list wouldn’t resonate as much as I’d like it to. Apologies to the talented self-published authors whom I may be excluding because of that rule.)
Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs
Gibbs sold both books in her The Dark Heroine series at the age of seventeen. The latter book, Autumn Rose, a YA paranormal romance, was published by Harper Voyager on January 30th, 2014.
Just Jake by Jake Marcionette
Now a New York Times bestseller, Just Jake, Marcionette’s debut was published when he was thirteen.
– Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Ewell sold Dear Killer, a YA thriller following a teenaged, nihilistic serial killer ravaging the streets of London, to HarperTeen when she was seventeen. It was published on April 1st, 2014.
– Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
Sold when she was fifteen, Van Wagenen’s debut, Popular, released from Penguin on April 15th.
– Paper Hearts by Stephanie Savell
Savell was nineteen when she sold her debut, Paper Hearts, which released from Medallion Press on April 15th, 2014.
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Cummings sold her debut, The Murder Complex, and its as-of-yet untitled sequel when she was twenty years old. The Murder Complex released from HarperCollins on June 10th, 2014.
Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Saxon sold her debut, Take Back the Skies, along with the rest of the series, at the age of seventeen. Take Back the Skies released from Bloomsbury on June 3rd, 2014.
Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
Diaz sold her trilogy at the age of nineteen. The first book, Extraction, which is set in a world in which the moon is poisonous and is pitched as Divergent meets Ender’s Game, releases from St. Martin’s on July 22nd, 2014.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Oseman sold her debut, Solitaire, to HarperCollins at the age of eighteen (possibly nineteen?). It released on July 31st, 2014.
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Amy Zhang’s Falling Into Place, a YA contemporary standalone following a teen girl who decides to commit suicide, told from the point-of-view of her imaginary friend, released from Greenwillow (HarperCollins) on September 9th, 2014. Zhang was seventeen when the deal was announced.