A Foray Into YA

Judy Blume

Judy Blume


Who she is: Blume has sold more than 80 million copies of her books. Blume was a pioneer in addressing tough issues in her books for teenagers; these include racism, divorce and masturbation. Her characters question the existence of God and explore body image. Blume advocates for honest YA and for teachers to read aloud to their students.

What she's written: Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret., Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Blubber, Forever, Superfudge, Fudge-a-Mania, Freckle Juice.

Where to find her: judyblume.com.


Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot


Who she is: Cabot is the genius behind the Princess Diaries series. A #1 New York times bestselling author, she writes for adults, tweens and teens alike. On the YA side, Cabot has mastered the art of writing about high school. Her narrators are always headstrong females who navigate the inevitable craziness that comes with Cabot's plot twists.

What she's written: the Princess Diaries series, the Mediator series, Avalon High, All-American Girl, Ready or Not, the Airhead triolgy, Abandon, Insatiable, Overbite, Teen Idol, Nicola and the Viscount, Victoria and the Rogue, Jinx.

Where to find her: megcabot.com.


John Green

John Green


Who he is: Green's clever, quirky characters and witty plot lines typically attract older readers. He and Hank Green comprise the Vlogbrothers; the duo produces and publishes YouTube videos biweekly. They call their fanbase "nerdfighters." Green's novels are complex, and all of them are narrated by males except his latest.

What he's written: Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines, Will Grayson Will Grayson, The Fault in Our Stars.

Where to find him: johngreenbooks.com.


David Levithan

David Levithan


Who he is: Levithan is the king of sensitively addressing sexuality. His novels - like Boy Meets Boy and Naomi and Ely's No-Kiss List - often include tense interactions between homosexual teenagers and their heterosexual classmates. He's a champion for the cause and often co-writes with other YA authors.

What he's written: The Realm of Possibility, Are We There Yet?, Wide Awake, Love is the Higher Law, The Lover's Dictionary, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, Likely Story, All That Glitters, Red Carpet Riot.

Where to find him: davidlevithan.com.