2015 Debut Young Adult Authors

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Emily Adrian – LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin
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Fears: Transportation of all kinds.
Doesn’t Fear: Decisions, new foods, or solitude.

Susan Adrian – TUNNEL VISION
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Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
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Fears: Spies, especially psychic spies. I know way too much about that now.
Doesn’t Fear: Being busy, or taking on new things. The more, the better!

Sarah Ahiers – ASSASSIN’S HEART
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Fears: G-g-g-g-ghosts! Deep water. Things that jump out and scare you.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders, snakes, mice, most creepy-crawlies. New foods.

Eve Ainsworth – SEVEN DAYS
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Scholastic
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Fears: Clowns, fire, my children getting ill.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders, the dark, strangers.

Courtney Alameda – SHUTTER
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Genre: YA Horror
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan
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Fears: Serial killers, tsunamis, and running out of Urban Decay’s “F-Bomb” lipstick…ha!
Doesn’t Fear: The zombie apocalypse, sparkly vampires, or killer bunny rabbits.

Becky Albertalli – SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins
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Fears: Many, many foods. Especially anything that ever lived in the ocean.
Doesn’t Fear: Snakes and spiders. But I don’t exactly trust them.

Lisa Aldin – ONE OF THE GUYS
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
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Fears: TORNADOES.
Doesn’t Fear: King Kong, Godzilla, and other monsters. I feel kinda sorry for them!

Ami Allen-Vath – PROM BITCH
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Sky Horse/Sky Pony Press
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Fears: Birds, killers, and sometimes, the dark.
Doesn’t Fear: I am not afraid of change or needles—meaning the shots you get at the doctor, not drug needles, because drug needles would totally freak me out.

Robert Luis Anderson – DREAMLAND
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Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Fears: The dreams that inspired my writing.
Doesn’t Fear: Playing video games with horrific visuals in the middle of the night.

David Arnold – MOSQUITOLAND
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Viking/Penguin
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Fears: Cold soup and Cylons.
Doesn’t Fear: Mayking miztakess.

Austin Aslan – THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
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Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia
Publisher: Random House/Wendy Lamb Books
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Fears: The monster in my lucid dreams, phone calls after midnight, climate change.
Doesn’t Fear: Commitment, bullies, wildlife, trying new things, the “end of the world.”

Victoria Aveyard – RED QUEEN
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
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Fears: Seaweed. It hides the unholy creatures that are jellyfish.
Doesn’t Fear: Gore, bad weather, or deadlines.

Isabel Bandeira – BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
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Fears: Dropping things from heights. Not falling, but actual things, especially my glasses.
Doesn’t Fear: Cadavers, thanks to my day job (I’m a medical device engineer).

Karen Bao – DOVE ARISING
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Viking/Penguin
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Fears: I’m afraid of boys, and to a greater degree, the sixth mass extinction.

Sarah Benwell – THE LAST LEAVES FALLING
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers
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Fears: Losing her independence, a world without stories.
Doesn’t Fear: New places, weird foods, a challenge: bring it on.

Holly Bodger – 5 TO 1
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Genre: YA Dark Near-Future Multicultural
Publisher: Knopf/Random House
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Fears: Sharks, snakes, alligators, and humans with guns.
Doesn’t Fear: Technology.

Virginia Boecker – THE WITCH HUNTER
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Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Fears: Cockroaches, being buried alive, the ocean (because SHARKS), and the theme song of The Exorcist.
Doesn’t Fear: Trying new things, not knowing what I’m doing, being wrong, making a fool of myself (otherwise I’d never leave the house).

Jen Brooks – IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT
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Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy/Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Fears: Unexpected bad news.
Doesn’t Fear: Driving among aggressive folk.

Wendy Brotherlin – FREAKS OF NATURE
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Fears: Tiny parasitic critters in my hair. Lice! Ticks! Ew!
Doesn’t Fear: Public speaking, sushi, or a zombie apocalypse.

Sona Charaipotra – TINY PRETTY THINGS (With Dhonielle Clayton)
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Fears: Spiders, clowns, and dolls. I watched a lot of horror movies as a kid.
Doesn’t Fear: Deadlines! As a master procrastinator, I need them to function!

Gina Ciocca – LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE
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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Fears: Most non-human creatures. Losing loved ones. Disappointing people, including myself.
Doesn’t Fear: Working hard at a project. I love beating revisions into submission.

Dhonielle Clayton – TINY PRETTY THINGS (With Sona Charaipotra)
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Fears: Whales, the trash chute, and food I can’t identify.
Doesn’t Fear: Revision! I love to dig back into projects and rearrange things.

Marci Lyn Curtis – THE ONE THING
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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Fears: Getting off ski lifts. Also, spit. It gives me the willies.
Doesn’t Fear: The alarm clock. The 4:30 A.M. wake-up is my jam.

Elaine Dimopoulos – MATERIAL GIRLS
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Fears: The blank page, income inequality, lead paint.
Doesn’t Fear: Carbs, gossip, anarchists.

Catherine Doyle – VENDETTA
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Genre: YA Romantic Thriller
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic
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Fears: The Sheepshead fish, a.k.a. the fish with human teeth. Why, nature? Why?
Doesn’t Fear: Ghosts and snakes… and snake ghosts.

Madeline Dyer – UNTAMED
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Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Publisher: Prizm Books
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FearsAnts, skeletons (especially if said skeletons are falling to pieces, and parts fall on me), and writing deadlines that suddenly creep up.
Doesn’t Fear: Werewolves, spiders, and edits/revisions.

Tessa Elwood – INHERIT THE STARS
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Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Running Press
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Fears: Killer rabbits, jabberwockies, and the Cave of Wonders.
Doesn’t Fear: Mammoths named Hershey.

Mikaela Everett – THE UNQUIET
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Genre: YA Speculative
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Fears: Creepy crawlies, bad news, a world where monsters win.
Doesn’t Fear: Adventures, the dark, the act of falling in love with fictional characters.

Michelle Falkoff – PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD
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Genre: YA
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Fears: Blindness. And thanks to Jose Saramago (RIP) for fanning the flames on that one.
Doesn’t Fear: Change. Usually. Okay, maybe sometimes.

Lisa Freeman – HONEY GIRL
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Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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Fears: Being alone in outer space and losing my glasses on Earth.
Doesn’t Fear: The ocean, big waves, or venus fly traps.

Diana Gallagher – LESSONS IN FALLING
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
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Fears: Talking on the phone. Texting suffices, right?
Doesn’t Fear: Being upside-down. Gymnastics will do that to you.

Lauren Gibaldi – THE NIGHT WE SAID YES
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
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Fears: Snakes. They’re gross.
Doesn’t Fear: Heights. I was a circus aerialist; it kind of kills the fear!

Kelly Loy Gilbert – CONVICTION
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Genre: YA Literary Contemporary
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
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Fears: Spiders. Airplanes. Going more than two hours without a snack.
Doesn’t Fear: Tarantulas, oddly. Blank word documents and ripping a story apart at the seams.

Lori Goldstein – BECOMING JINN
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Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan
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Fears: Scary movies. If they involve Satan, forget it. I will sleep with the lights on for weeks.
Doesn’t Fear: Weird foods. Spicy, crunchy grasshoppers, anyone?

Dawn Green – WHEN KACEY LEFT
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Red Deer Press/Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Fears: Little porcelain dolls, especially the ones with moving eyes … creepy!
Doesn’t Fear: Failure—been there, done that … still here.

I. W. Gregorio – NONE OF THE ABOVE
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Fears: Having too many books and too little time.
Doesn’t Fear: Sleep deprivation. I practically have a graduate degree in it!

Melissa Grey – THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte/Random House
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Fears: Anything with more than four legs.
Doesn’t Fear: The dark.

Shannon Grogan – FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU
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Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Soho Teen
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Fears: Pincher bugs, unidentified meat, and all things under the water or under the ground.
Doesn’t Fear: Little kids.

Maggie Hall – THE CONSPIRACY OF US
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Genre: YA International Thriller
Publisher: Putnam/Penguin
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Fears: Flying, even though I travel a LOT. Luckily, that’s what pre-flight mimosas are for.
Doesn’t Fear: Public speaking. Doing new (weird, different) things.

Kathryn Holmes – THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
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Fears: Spiders. And zombies.
Doesn’t Fear: Taking risks and trying new things.

Charlotte Huang – FOR THE RECORD
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte/Random House
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Fears: Rodents, natural disasters.
Doesn’t Fear: Heights, “learning opportunities,” trying new foods.

Melissa E. Hurst – THE EDGE OF FOREVER
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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Fears: Snakes, spiders, and public speaking.
Doesn’t Fear: Being a nerd (I love it!).

Angelica R. Jackson – CROW’S REST
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Genre: YA Dark Comedy/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Fears: That anything I list as a fear will come to pass, but here goes: rushing water, heights, big hairy spiders.
Doesn’t Fear: Public speaking (singing not included).

Ann Jacobus – ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
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Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan
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Fears: Long car or airplane trips with small children, extremists, people with no sense of humor.
Doesn’t Fear: Solitary confinement, being taller than my husband, change.

Lauren James – THE NEXT TOGETHER
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Walker/Egmont US
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Fears: The hopelessness and emptiness of a life without meaning, driving in traffic.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders, the dark.

Cordelia Jensen – SKYSCRAPING
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Genre: YA Verse Novel
Publisher: Philomel/Penguin
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Fears: Reading high fantasy.
Doesn’t Fear: Reading The Babysitter’s Club in public.

Lee Kelly – CITY OF SAVAGES
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Genre: YA Near-Future Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Fears: Every malady in “Your Baby’s First Year” (new parent!) and small heights (e.g., cliffs and zip-lining).
Doesn’t Fear: New challenges, deadlines, or big heights (e.g., skydiving).

Jen Klein – JILLIAN CADE: (fake) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR
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Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery Romance
Publisher: Soho Teen
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Fears: Heights, giant bloodthirsty sharks hurtling from tornados, and running out of coffee.
Doesn’t Fear: Haunted houses, teacup pigs, or her editor (because he’s awesome).

E. Katherine Kottaras – HOW TO BE BRAVE
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
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Fears: Mosquitoes. Insomnia. Indifference.
Doesn’t Fear: Talking to strangers. Admitting when I’m wrong.

Dawn Kurtagich – THE DEAD HOUSE
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Genre: YA Psychological Horror
Publisher: Little, Brown (US) and Orion/Indigo (UK)
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Fears: The dark.
Doesn’t Fear: Kittens.

Jennifer Latham – SCARLETT UNDERCOVER
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Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Fears: Drowning.
Doesn’t Fear: Swimming.

Fonda Lee – ZEROBOXER
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Flux
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Fears: Scary movies, parasitic creatures, grey hair.
Doesn’t Fear: Exotic foods, public speaking, spiders.

Mackenzi Lee – THIS MONSTROUS THING
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Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Steampunk-lite
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins
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Fears: Jim Moriarty, being late, the end of a good book.
Doesn’t Fear: Oblivion.

Stacey H. Lee – UNDER A PAINTED SKY
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Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House
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Fears: Public speaking.
Doesn’t Fear: Wearing bright colors or funky shoes.

Maggie Lehrman – THE COST OF ALL THINGS
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Fears: The bottom of the ocean or outer space.
Doesn’t Fear: Speaking in front of crowds (former theater kid, yay!).

Anne Boles Levy – THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Sky Pony/Skyhorse Publishing
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Fears: Failure, heights, my kids dying, making small talk, ignorance.
Doesn’t Fear: Growing older, inner cities, people who don’t look like me, people who vote or pray or love differently than I do.

Michelle Levy – THE END OF THE BEGINNING
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Dial/Penguin
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Fears: Spiders! They’re all conspiring against me. I just know it. *shudders*
Doesn’t Fear: Ghosts. In fact I live with one. His name is Charlie. He smokes. A lot.

Kim Liggett – BLOOD AND SALT
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Genre: YA Romantic Horror
Publisher: Putnam/Penguin
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Fears: Pretty much everything…
Doesn’t Fear: …except death.

Lynn Lindquist – SECRET OF THE SEVENS
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Genre: YA Thriller/Mystery
Publisher: Flux
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Fears: Any conversation my sons begin with: “Mom, did I ever tell you how beautiful, funny, and smart you are?”
Doesn’t Fear: The power grid going down, basically because I’m horrible with anything technology-related.

Brandi Lynch – LEAD ME BACK HOME
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Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Fears: Carnival rides, heights, and though I love him as an actor, Christopher Walken creeps me out.
Doesn’t Fear: Clowns, horror movies.

Stefanie Lyons – DATING DOWN
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Genre: YA Verse Novel
Publisher: Flux
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Fears: Boredom.
Doesn’t Fear: Chaos.

Valynne E. Maetani – INK AND ASHES
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Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Tu Books/Lee & Low
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Fears: Clowns, weeping angels, horror movies.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders, aliens, getting shots.

Darci Manley – ASH: A DESTINED NOVEL (With Shani Petroff)
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Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Polis Books
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Fears: Forgetting my kindle on the subway, super duper conservative politics, ’90s slasher flicks.
Doesn’t Fear: Snobs, cats, Dungeons & Dragons, bourbon.

Rachel A. Marks – DARKNESS BRUTAL
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Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Amazon/Skyscape
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Fears: Failure and Junebugs.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders, ideas I don’t agree with, and trying new things.

Marie Marquardt – DREAM THINGS TRUE
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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Fears: Loss of fearlessness.
Doesn’t Fear: Much of anything (yet?). *shudder*

Jenny Martin – TRACKED
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Dial/Penguin
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Fears: Heights, small spaces, creepers.
Doesn’t Fear: Jerks.

Carol Masciola – THE YEARBOOK
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Genre: YA Fantasy/Suspense
Publisher: Merit Press
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Fears: Old age, premature death, poverty, and getting poked in the eye with a drink straw.
Doesn’t Fear: Being talked to in languages I don’t understand. (I’ve lived in seven foreign countries in the last 15 years, so this happens to me a lot.)

Melody Maysonet – A WORK OF ART
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Merit Press
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Fears: Cockroaches and other Bad Things.
Doesn’t Fear: Walking and chewing gum at the same time.

Shallee McArthur – THE UNHAPPENING OF GENESIS LEE
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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Fears: Ants (they’re scary when they swarm!), small spiders, and Weeping Angels.
Doesn’t Fear: New adventures, presenting and performing, or big spiders (you can see them coming!).

Mary McCoy – DEAD TO ME
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Genre: YA Historical Mystery
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
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Fears: LA freeways.
Doesn’t Fear: Microfilm, or answering hard questions (I’m a librarian – hard questions are my business).

Kate McGovern – RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers
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Fears: First drafts, networking, karaoke.
Doesn’t Fear: Creepy movies, epic train rides, middle schoolers.

Anna-Marie McLemore – THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS
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Genre: YA Contemporary with a Magical Twist
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
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Fears: Mimes. Telling strangers my fears. Armies of rubber duckies.
Doesn’t Fear: Thunderstorms. The Loch Ness Monster. I bet she’s actually kinda cute.

Moriah McStay – EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
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Fears: Heights.
Doesn’t Fear: Change.

Mandy Mikulencak – BURN GIRL
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company
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Fears: That the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime will be a let-down.
Doesn’t Fear: Writing without caffeine, that e-books will replace print books.

Meredith Moore – I AM HER REVENGE
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Genre: YA Suspense
Publisher: Razorbill
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Fears: The infiniteness of the universe freaks me out.
Doesn’t Fear: Driving across the country. It’s my favorite kind of vacation.

Laura Liddell Nolen – THE ARK
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Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: HarperVoyager / HarperCollins
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Fears: Blasting into space.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders (fine, maybe a little), new experiences.

Stephanie Oakes – THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY
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Genre: YA Contemporary Mystery
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin
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Fears: The Weeping Angels from Doctor Who (*checks behind shoulder*).
Doesn’t Fear: Being nerdy.

Amanda Panitch – DAMAGE DONE
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Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Fears: Getting trapped underground on the subway in a packed train car.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders, snakes, millipedes, or any other creepy crawlies.

Marcy Beller Paul – UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Fears: Forgetting the day of my kids’ school pictures.
Doesn’t Fear: Bungee jumping.

Heather W. Petty – LOCK & MORI
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Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Fears: Sharks, which is why Shark Week is my favorite week of the year.
Doesn’t Fear: Public Speaking, no matter how large the crowd.

R.S. Preiser – ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH
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Genre: YA Contemporary Retelling
Publisher: Merit Press
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Fears: Eco-terrorism on the subway. Fish. Bad puns. The latter is scariest.
Doesn’t Fear: Outlining!

Stacie Ramey – THE SISTER PACT
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Fears: Band-aids, standing water, and that someone snuck in the back of my car while I’m driving at night.
Doesn’t Fear: Scary movies or haunted houses.

Randy Ribay – AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Merit Press/F+W Media
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Fears: Severely awkward situations, homicidal animatronics, crying children.
Doesn’t Fear: The zombie apocalypse (so long as I find a katana and a ragtag group with hearts of gold).

Carol Riggs – THE BODY INSTITUTE
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Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Fears: Swimming when my feet can’t touch the bottom. National healthcare.
Doesn’t Fear: Snakes. Dragons. Revision (bring it on!).

Sharon Huss Roat – BETWEEN THE NOTES
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
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Fears: Questions like “What’s your biggest fear?”.
Doesn’t Fear: Naps. Cookies. Pedicures. (I’m incredibly brave.)

Cindy L. Rodriguez – WHEN REASON BREAKS
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA
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Fears: Bees and reptiles.
Doesn’t Fear: Moving/starting over.

Emily Ross – HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH
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Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Merit Press
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Fears: Caterpillars, especially the hairy kind, and driving fast.
Doesn’t Fear: Ghosts, walking in the dark, and sushi.

Lance Rubin – DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE
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Genre: YA Dark Comedy with a splash of Sci-Fi
Publisher: Knopf/Random House
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Fears: My tendency to procrastinate, skiing, that I’ll never meet Michael J. Fox.
Doesn’t Fear: Long lines, most clowns.

Romina Russell – ZODIAC
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Genre: YA Sci-Fi-meets-Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
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Fears: Creepy crawlies, epidemics, the thirteenth sign.
Doesn’t Fear: Heights, a blank page, aloneness.

Aisha Saeed – WRITTEN IN THE STARS
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin
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Fears: The monsters in the closet.
Doesn’t Fear: The monsters outside of the closet. Seriously, they’re cool.

Kate Scelsa – FANS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Fears: Science.
Doesn’t Fear: Math.

Sarah J. Schmitt – IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH
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Genre: YA Ghost Story
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
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Fears: Drowning, snakes, and Wierd Al Yankovic.
Doesn’t Fear: Spiders, deadlines, or being silly in front of strangers.

Brianna Shrum – NEVER NEVER
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Fears: African cave spiders (BLECKH UGH ARGH), grasshoppers, and, not gonna lie, ghosts and the dark.
Doesn’t Fear: Public speaking, small spaces, heights, failure.

Natasha Sinel – THE FIX
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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Fears: Outlining complicated plots, people who text and drive, sleep deprivation.
Doesn’t Fear: Major revisions, grammar, laugh lines, meeting new people.

Alexandra Sirowy – THE CREEPING
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Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Fears: Spiders and freshwater sharks.
Doesn’t Fear: Deadlines, monsters, or graveyards.

Jackie Lea Sommers – TRUEST
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
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Fears: First drafts, horcruxes, and Minnesota winters.
Doesn’t Fear: Alliteration, nap therapy, and (most) unicorns.

Trina St. Jean – BLANK
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
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Fears: Bad winter drivers, heights, and wearing high heels.
Doesn’t Fear: Dirt and germs, and creepy critters like snakes, mice, and spiders (I’m an ex farm girl).

Shalanda Stanley – DROWNING IS INEVITABLE
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Knopf BFYR/Random House Kids
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Fears: Weird food, hurricanes, and eye doctors (It’s a long story).
Doesn’t Fear: Kids, dogs, and dirty houses.

Katie M. Stout – HELLO, I LOVE YOU
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s
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Fears: Zombies! Scariest. Thing. Ever.
Doesn’t Fear: Traveling alone—I have to do that a lot for my job!

Ingrid Sundberg – ALL WE LEFT BEHIND
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Fears: Normal hair colors, heights, and power tools.
Doesn’t Fear: Dyeing my hair, tacky clothes, and unicorns.

Sabaa Tahir – AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Razorbill
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Fears: Jinn, spiders, failure.
Doesn’t Fear: Darkness, blood, highwaymen.

Jessica Taylor – WANDERING WILD
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Genre: YA Magical Realism
Publisher: Egmont
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Fears: Staying still, the unknown, and giving power to my fears.
Doesn’t Fear: Failure. It’s more frightening to not try at all.

Valerie Tejeda – HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER
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Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Spark/Bloomsbury Children’s Books (USA/UK)
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Fears: Bugs that carry disease (Ticks, mosquitos!). Viral pandemic (Total germaphobe here!). Losing a loved one.
Doesn’t Fear: Rejection. Crowds. Meeting new people.

Rhiannon Thomas – A WICKED THING
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
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Fears: Heights, moths and horror movies. Even the silly, non-scary ones.
Doesn’t Fear: Mice. Such cute ickle noses!

Jenn Marie Thorne – THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin
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Fears: Space. My first visit to a planetarium culminated in the sun exploding. At age four. Scarred me for life.
Doesn’t Fear: Snakes. They’re so cute with their little smiley faces and their lovely scales! I know this puts me at an evolutionary disadvantage.

Natalie Haney Tilghman – A 52-HERTZ WHALE
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Carolrhoda/Lerner Publishing
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Fears: Recipes with more than ten ingredients, pencils without erasers, and the evil eye.
Doesn’t Fear: Humpback whales, abominable snowmen, and stinky cheese.

Laura Tims – PLEASE DON’T TELL
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Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Fears: Being an adult. It’s still pretty new.
Doesn’t Fear: Deep water or eating bizarre things. I had raw sea urchin for lunch!

N. K. Traver – DUPLICITY
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Genre: YA Cyberthriller
Publisher: Macmillan Entertainment/Thomas Dunne Books
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Fears: Balloons, the dark, and that sound almost-dry windshield wipers make.
Doesn’t Fear: Jumping spiders (they have cute faces).

Becky Wallace – THE STORYSPINNER
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster
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Fears: I’m terrified of sharks. So terrified I don’t go into the ocean unless it’s clear enough to see the floor.
Doesn’t Fear: Making a fool of myself. I do it every single day.

Tommy Wallach – WE ALL LOOKED UP
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Genre: YA
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Fears: The blank page.
Doesn’t Fear: Lions, tigers, or bears. Oh my.

Kaitlin Ward – BLEEDING EARTH
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Genre: YA Horror
Publisher: Egmont
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Fears: Ventriloquist dummies, clowns, china dolls, wooden spoons, big spiders, ebola.
Doesn’t Fear: Apocalypses, blood, winter weather.

Jasmine Warga – MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
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Fears: Sewer grates. (I can’t walk over them!)
Doesn’t Fear: Mythical monsters. (I’d very much like to eat pancakes with the Loch Ness Monster.)

Sandra Waugh – LARK RISING
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Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Fears: A void. Any void.
Doesn’t Fear: Walking through Central Park at night. Or dark alleys, for that matter.

Nicola Yoon – EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Random House Kids/Delacorte
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Fears: Nihilists, slow drivers, caffeine-less world, human capacity for evil.
Doesn’t Fear: Jumping before looking, human capacity for love.

Francesca Zappia – MADE YOU UP
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Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Fears: Baby birds. And dead birds.
Doesn’t Fear: Normal, adult, alive birds.

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