Traci J. Cothran

About Traci J. Cothran

When she's not reading YA lit and mysteries, publishing pro Traci Cothran can be found promoting 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.

June 19, 2016

Meet the 21st Century's Ferris Bueller

Scrapes and highjinks abound in this debut YA novel about an enterprising teen determined to succeed despite his parents' best efforts.

June 12, 2016

A Dark, Thrilling YA Novel: A Madness So Discreet

Mindy McGinnis’s latest YA novel, A Madness So Discreet, is as thrilling as it is smart.

June 5, 2016

From Fast Friends to Frenemies: How It Ends by Catherine Lo

In her debut novel, Catherine Lo captures the high highs and low lows of a new girl's sophomore year of high school.

May 29, 2016

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Burning: The Fireman by Joe Hill

From a master of horror comes the terrifying tale of a plague of spontaneous combustion spreading across the United States, and the mysterious Fireman hell-bent on extinguishing it.

May 22, 2016

Even Spock Would Approve of Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

When it comes to love and friendship, even the most rational teens can exhibit highly illogical behavior.

May 8, 2016

A Nightmare Slice of Life: The Darkest Corners

Life isn’t a bowl of cherries when you have to testify against a serial killer at the early age of eight and your dad ends up in prison (for an unrelated offense).

May 1, 2016

A Spot-on NYC '70s-set YA Novel

It takes some nerve to set a novel in New York City in the late 1970s and show it for its warts and all - and Meg Medina has done just that.

April 24, 2016

Breaking Away From Mommie Dearest in This Debut YA Novel

Kerry Kletter's debut young adult novel, The First Time She Drowned, will tug at your heart strings in all the right ways, and I have a feeling this new author has many more stories to share.

April 17, 2016

On a New YA Novel and the Glory of the Genre

What do I love most about young adult literature? That’s easy: Young Adult novels can tackle tough topics without flinching, in an honest way a lot of adult stories don’t. Case in point: The Great American Whatever.

April 10, 2016

A Young Adult Debut Novel from Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends.

March 30, 2016

The Road to Little Dribbling: Bill Bryson's Latest

Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative and a really funny guy.

March 27, 2016

Lighthearted YA Everyone is Reading: Rebel of the Sands

Get swept up by gunfights, train chases, and magical beasts in Alwyn Hamilton's lighthearted adventure, Rebel of the Sands.

March 20, 2016

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American Boys is a remarkable new novel by award-winning writers Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

February 28, 2016

A Brilliant New YA Trilogy from Brittany Cavallaro

Welcome to a witty new trilogy about the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

February 14, 2016

Blackbeard's Early Days Reimagined in Blackhearts

There’s nothing like a good swashbuckling tale, and there’s something oddly enticing about a ship-in-a-bottle on a book cover. Enter Blackhearts, Nicole Castroman’s first young adult novel.