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A group of 2010 debut young adult and middle grade authors.
We are a group of authors whose young-adult and middle-grade novels debuted in 2010. Community watchers are welcome! Our members include:

Alexandra Diaz, author of OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS (Egmont US). Young adult, contemporary. Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie were the best of friends—until the new girl Riley came to town and changed all the rules.

Bonnie J. Doerr, author of ISLAND STING (Leap Books). Young adult, ecological mystery. Kenzie didn't expect her first summer in the Florida Keys to be murder. Cute guys, awesome boats, endangered species, gun-toting thugs ... in Angelo's up and down world, Kenzie needed a life jacket and Dramamine.

Jennifer R. Hubbard, author of THE SECRET YEAR (Viking). Young adult, contemporary. After his secret girlfriend’s death, seventeen-year-old Colt finds the notebook she left behind, but he is unprepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship.

Irene Latham, author of LEAVING GEE'S BEND (G.P. Putnam's Sons). Middle grade, historical. A 10-year-old girl during the Great Depression sets out to save her sick mother and records her adventures in quilt pieces.

Kitty Keswick, author of FREAKSVILLE (Leap Books). Young adult, paranormal. A group of teenagers are trapped in a haunted theater on the night of a full moon.

Mara Purnhagen, author of TAGGED (Harlequin Teen). Young adult. Kate Morgan investigates vandalism and finds the trail leading to someone she knows. (Another book by Mara, PAST MIDNIGHT, arrived later in 2010!)

Swati Avasthi, author of SPLIT (Knopf). Young adult, contemporary. Sixteen-year-old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother, Christian, with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.

Jacqueline Houtman, author of THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS (Front Street). Middle grade, contemporary. Science geek Eddy Thomas can invent useful devices to do anything, except solve his bully problem.

Judith Graves, author of UNDER MY SKIN (Leap Books). Young adult, paranormal. When invading paranorms threaten her new home town, Eryn must choose between following Council orders to avoid paranorms at all costs, and joining forces with a young crew of hunters who must never know how she struggles to control the beast under her skin.

Rhonda Hayter, author of THE WITCHY WORRIES OF ABBIE ADAMS (Dial). Middle grade. Abbie Adams has to balance witchy and human life as she maneuvers her way through difficulties that any eleven-year old might face, while grappling with magical complications.

Jame Richards, author of THREE RIVERS RISING (Knopf). Young adult, historical. Celestia, daughter of a Pittsburgh steel tycoon, begins a forbidden romance with Peter, the hired boy at the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club where the dam breaks and the reservoir floods the valley below including the city of Johnstown, Peter’s home.

Tom Leveen, author of PARTY (Random House). Young adult, contemporary. Dovetailing perspectives unite eleven wildly different students at a graduation party in Santa Barbara in ways they never expected.

Leah Cypess, author of MISTWOOD (Greenwillow HarperCollins). Young adult, fantasy. When an ancient shapeshifter is trapped in the body of a human girl, her quest to find out what went wrong draws her into a web of intrigue, betrayal, and conflicted loyalties… and leads her to the one question she hasn't faced in a thousand years: where does she come from, and what does she really want?

Shari Maurer, author of CHANGE OF HEART (WestSide). Young adult, contemporary. Emmi, a sixteen-year-old champion soccer player, struggles to maintain a normal life while she waits for a heart transplant and learns the truth about love, loss and the meaning of true friendship.

Jeri Smith-Ready, author of SHADE (Simon Pulse). Young adult, paranormal. Aura Salvatore is a 16 year-old girl on a quest to uncover why everyone her age and younger can see ghosts, while coping with her boyfriend's own death and ghosthood.

Janet Fox, author of FAITHFUL (Speak). Young adult, historical. FAITHFUL, the story of 16-year old Maggie Bennet, is a tale of romance and mystery set in 1904 in spectacular Yellowstone National Park.

Kristina McBride, author of THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES (Egmont USA). Young adult, contemporary, psychological thriller. Sixteen-year-old Tessa McMullen struggles to regain her best friendship with Noelle, a broken and self-destructive girl who has just returned from a two-year abduction.

Shannon Delany, author of 13 TO LIFE (St. Martin’s Griffin). Young adult, fantasy. A tale of teenage love, loss and—-oh, yeah—-werewolves.

N. H. Senzai, author of SHOOTING KABUL (Simon & Schuster). Middle grade. While Fadi escapes Afghanistan in early 2001, his younger sister is accidentally left behind. As a refugee in California post-9/11, he must find her, no matter what it takes.

Denise Jaden, author of LOSING FAITH (Simon Pulse). Young adult, contemporary. In this lyrical, emotionally intense debut, a teenager encounters more questions than closure while mourning the death of her sister.

Michele Corriel, author of FAIRVIEW FELINES: A NEWSPAPER MYSTERY (Blooming Tree/Tire Swing Press). Middle grade, mystery. Thomas Weston wants to start a school newspaper, but first he has to prove he has what it takes--which means solving the mystery of all the missing cats in Fairview.

Laura Quimby, author of THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS (Amulet). Middle grade, adventure. Handcuffs, straightjackets, evil magician, underworld labyrinth: no problem for The Handcuff Kid!

Laura L. Sullivan, author of UNDER THE GREEN HILL (Henry Holt). Middle grade, fantasy. When six American children are sent to England to escape a plague, they find themselves plunged in the middle of a fairy war.


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