Traci Cothran

About Traci Cothran

When she's not reading YA lit and mysteries, publishing pro Traci Cothran can be found defending her adopted city of Detroit, listening to her favorite audiobook narrators, watching Doctor Who, and running 5Ks in costume - all while not being quite as geeky as that sounds.

December 21, 2014

A Mad Max-esque Thrill from Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin’s Mad Max-esque YA novel, The Walled City, is one heck of a ride.

December 14, 2014

A Real-life Character Who Tells It Like It Is

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil is a tough book to read: it’s at turns sobering, haunting, and somehow ultimately inspiring.

December 7, 2014

A Long, Strange Trip: Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You

Marguerite Caine has brilliant scientist-parents, and they’ve devised a way to travel among dimensions via a small device called a Firebird. But before they can enjoy their momentous success, the invaluable Firebird prototype is stolen and Marguerite’s father is murdered.

November 24, 2014

Dark and Darker: The Heart Does Not Grow Back

A young man discovers he has powers of regeneration and what first seems like a blessing takes his life in unexpected directions.

November 22, 2014

Hitchhiker's Guide to Your Galaxy

Things are getting weird in Mira Grant’s Parasite, first in a new and thrilling trilogy.

November 19, 2014

The Wonder Woman We've Waited For

Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, is as shocking as it is entertaining. Let us explain …

November 16, 2014

Randomly Riveting: New YA from Tom Leveen

Tom Leveen's Random is riveting and suspenseful and should be required reading for all young adults.

November 9, 2014

Misdirection and Sleights of Hand: The Doubt Factory

Acclaimed author Paolo Bacigalupi’s second YA novel, The Doubt Factory, is a surprising (and pleasant!) departure from his Michael L. Printz Award-winning Ship Breaker.

November 2, 2014

Bloomers, Bicycles, and Hypnotists: The Cure for Dreaming

When a young, would-be suffragette crosses paths with a magician and hypnotist, neither could anticipate how significantly each would change the other's life.

October 26, 2014

Still Thirsty in Mindy McGinnis's Sequel In a Handful of Dust

Mindy McGinnis’s sequel is a powerful follow-up to her dystopian debut, Not a Drop to Drink.

October 24, 2014

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Pioneering Women of the Civil War

Rejoice fans of civil war and women’s history! Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is a fantastic – and true – story of four role-busting women during the tumultuous 1860s.

October 19, 2014

A Duck, Missing Chapter, and Keening Banshee: William Ritter's Jackaby

Fun and mystery abound in this tale of the young detective (of sorts) R. F. Jackaby and his new and able assistant, Miss Abigail Rook.

October 12, 2014

Celebrating Walter Dean Myers

As we conclude Walter Dean Myers’ posthumously published YA novel, On a Clear Day, we’re also taking a moment to appreciate the author’s legacy.

September 28, 2014

Carl Hiaasen Goes YA with Skink, Gators, Wi-fi, and a Missing Eye.

In Hiaasen’s first foray into YA literature, a slightly wacky homeless guy with only one eye turns out to be the supposedly dead Governor of Florida. Shenanigans of a Hiaasen-esque nature ensue.

September 24, 2014

Near Escape from Newark: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Right off the bat, you know from the title of Jeff Hobbs’s new book – The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace – that this is going to be a difficult, if interesting, read.