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.

February 7, 2016

The YA Book We're All Talking About: Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys’s new YA novel, Salt to the Sea, will leave you breathless.

January 31, 2016

Around the World and Back Through Time: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

The new young adult time-traveling novel, Passenger, has a lot going for it: gorgeous cover art, neat-o theme that features Travelers who can jump in and out of time and place through secret passages, a hunt for a powerful object that many Travelers are vying for, and pirates!

January 24, 2016

A YA Novel You Have to Read: We Are the Ants

Shaun David Hutchinson’s brand-new young adult novel, We Are the Ants, may indeed turn out to be one of the best books of the year.

January 10, 2016

The Trouble with OCD: YA Fiction from Teresa Toten

Teresa Toten’s recent novel, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, gives voice to a kid struggling with an anxiety disorder.

December 30, 2015

Get to Know Mystery Novelist Chris Ewan with Dark Tides

English author Chris Ewan has a good handful of mystery novels to choose from – and we recommend you start with Dark Tides.

December 23, 2015

The Life of an MMA Superstar: My Fight/Your Fight by Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey's biography reveals the hard work and dedication required for her to reach the top of her sport - and showcases a new role model for young women.

December 20, 2015

Something for Teen Horror Fans: Meet Zebulon Finch

Daniel Kraus’s first volume in the story of Zebulon Finch is as twisted and grotesque and readable as you’d hope.

December 13, 2015

High Stakes for the Young Adult Set: Con Academy

Joe Schreiber’s recent young adult novel, Con Academy, has one think working against it: We want more!

December 6, 2015

Trauma and What Follows: New YA Fiction by Barnabas Miller

Barnabas Miller's latest YA novel, The Girl With the Wrong Name, follows the life of Theodore Lane and her thrilling investigations into her own life

November 22, 2015

Intergalactic Anarchy: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae is a thrilling space adventure where Artificial Intelligence, a Virus and mutinies all threaten human survival.

November 8, 2015

Fast-paced Suspense: Kelley Armstrong's YA Novel The Masked Truth

Teenager Riley Vasquez is having a bad time of it when we meet her in Kelley Armstrong's Young Adult novel, The Masked Truth.

November 1, 2015

A Refreshing Romp of a YA Graphic Novel: Nimona

Noelle Stevenson’s graphic novel, Nimona, pits kind-of evil versus sort-of bad for a romp you won’t soon forget.

October 25, 2015

Mystery in Old Manhattan: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly tells the tale of a young woman's search for the truth about her father's death in Old Manhattan.

October 11, 2015

An Unordinary Tale for the Ordinary: Patrick Ness's Latest

Patrick Ness's new young adult novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, is something of a tribute to the ninety-nine percent of us who will never win the Hunger Games, never get the girl or guy, not get a scholarship to Harvard, never make the football team or cheerleading squad, and never slay a vampire.

October 4, 2015

YA to Cry Over: Edwidge Danticat's Untwine

'When you lose someone, it's as if they've been smashed into a thousand pieces and what you're doing in the aftermath is gathering a few of those pieces to put some version of that person back together again.'