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2014 Books By Teen Authors

The Most Interesting Man In The World - I don't ALWAYS READ BOOKS BY TEENS BUT WHEN I DO, IT'S WITH A SMILE

***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

Paper Hearts

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

13576132 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.



17 comments on “2014 Books By Teen Authors

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  2. Renn.
    April 7, 2014

    All of them look awesome! And I will defiantly try to find them at my library! (If my library doesn’t have them, then I will request them)

    • John Hansen
      April 8, 2014

      Thank you! And you totally should! I’ve personally read and loved both Extraction and Falling Into Place already, so if those are at your local library when they release, I recommend trying them. 🙂

      • Renn.
        April 8, 2014

        Those both sound very interesting! Especially the Extraction one!

  3. erinkenobi2893
    April 8, 2014

    That looks sooooo cool! 😀

  4. Sam
    May 11, 2014

    Another to add:
    Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon (June 2014) from Bloomsbury. She wrote the book when she was sixteen and is now 19.

  5. Corinn
    June 6, 2014

    Falling into Place sounds so good! I will have to check it out in September! Thanks for the great list!! 🙂

    • John Hansen
      June 9, 2014

      It is AMAZING, I promise! 🙂 Let me know what you think!

  6. sabrinawolfheart
    July 7, 2014

    These look really cool! As a teen, I’m inspired by these… it makes my writer’s block go away! 😀

    – Sabrina

  7. Pamela Nicole
    September 14, 2014

    Wow. I just discovered this blog by clicking in your profile link in Twitter and now I can’t tear my eyes away. I’ll be defintely checking in and out of here. Since in every marketing bit of advice I’ve come across says that it’s a good idea to have a website/blog, I recently created one and my focus was too, to be aimed mainly to teen writers! It’s awesome to find more of you guys! :3 And oops, guess I’m late for the september blog chain. Is there going to be an october one as well? 🙂

    • John Hansen
      September 30, 2014

      There is! I plan to post the blog chain tonight or tomorrow. 🙂 And I’m so glad you like the blog! Good luck with yours as well!

  8. sage1147
    January 3, 2015

    Falling Into Place sounds like such a great book, I’ll be sure to check it out!

    • John Hansen
      January 10, 2015

      It so is! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

      • sage1147
        January 12, 2015

        yeah I’m trying to find it

  9. Susanna
    January 18, 2015

    Wow. This is quite inspiring. Teens really can write – and even find publishing deals with major publishers. Quite a few of these I hadn’t heard of before. I’ll have to check them out for inspiration!

  10. WordMothers
    March 30, 2015

    This is a great list! Thanks for putting it together. You’ve introduced me to lots of new voices!

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