J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth. What do these three women have in common? They’re pillars in young adult fiction. In fact, we talk about them a lot here at Bookstacked! And while we could continue talking days on end about these female authors (and others!), we decided to highlight a few authors we don’t talk about enough.
Whether for their incredible social work or storytelling talent, here are four female authors we think deserve more recognition from young adult readers.
You might know Liza Wiemer from her many contribuitions to NYTBS series or short stories over the years. She is also an award-winning educator as well as a fantastic public speaker. Liza has recently begun the hashtag #ihopeyouforgiveme where teens can submit their own stories anonymously. This new book is a way to help teens feel more comfortable letting go of their past burdens and move on. Liza’s hope is to not only bring people together, but to make a difference through these shared stories so people can make amends, and help others avoid walking down a similar path. Liza’s debut YA novel, Hello?, was published in 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary.
If you’re looking for a great diverse read then Lola Dodge’s books for The Shadow Ravens series are a perfect choice! Her love for traveling shines through her writing and she has easily become one of my favorite authors. Lola earned her BA in English fom Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. You can find her stories at Samhain Publishing, and her most recent work on Ink Monster. Lola’s next book, Quanta Rewind, will be published in April 2017 from Ink Monster.
Originally a high school teacher, Jenny Torres Sanchez introduced young readers to classics like The Scarlet Letter and The Great Gatsby. She finally published her own book in 2012, The Downside of Being Charlie, but is best known for her 2013 work Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia. Sanchez has a talent for penning interesting stories while still touching on sensitive themes like death.
Noelle Stevenson has published one of the best YA books in recent years and not enough people know about it! Nimona, published by HarperCollins in 2015, differs from most YA books you’ve probably read because it’s a graphic novel. The story follows Nimona, a devious young shapeshifter who teams up with super villain Lord Blackheart. What follows is a hilarious and epic story filled with friendship, love and hope. While Nimona is a New York Times bestselling book, it’s not one I hear come up in many conversations. And yet Noelle Stevenson’s beautiful artwork and incredible story will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading. It’s definitely a book that everyone should pick up.