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.

August 23, 2015

Life V.2: Mark Alpert's YA Novel The Six

Begin with this supposition: You are a teenager with a terminal illness. Scientists have recently found a way to electronically capture a person’s mind – memory, thoughts, reasoning, personality – and transfer it into a machine. Knowing your days were coming to a close sooner rather than later, would you choose to have a future (as a humanized robot), or accept your limited time as a human?

August 2, 2015

The Rules Matter in This New YA Novel

Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder’s new YA novel, The Rules, is filled with chills and thrills.

July 26, 2015

Climbing Up: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella has crafted a realistic portrait of a family in crisis. It's been a tough year for all of them, and the cracks show.

July 19, 2015

Maps, Whitman, and Margo: Paper Towns by John Green

Check out John Green's Paper Towns before the movie lands in theaters!

July 12, 2015

What You Don't Know: Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Do you remember that moment growing up when you heard something about your parents' past and realized - for the first time - that they had a whole life before you were born?

July 5, 2015

The Drama to End All Drama: New YA from Emily Adrian

Has there ever been a better time to be a drama nerd? In these post-“Glee” days of the dramatic arts, is there even such thing as a “drama nerd” anymore? That’s the question we’re asking at the start of Emily Adrian’s Like It Never Happened.

June 28, 2015

A Life Left Behind: Vivian Apple at the End of the World

Don't be fooled by this initial, disarmingly innocent vision of the apocalypse or Coyle’s novel will catch you off guard with its exploration of a range of intense topics.

June 14, 2015

New YA from Sarah Dessen: Saint Anything

You don’t need to read many novels to know it’s not easy being a second child. In her new novel, Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen approaches those sibling dynamics and adds a thousand other layers.

June 7, 2015

Love, Lies, Surprises, and More in Charlie, Presumed Dead

Anne Heltzel’s Charlie, Presumed Dead stands out in a sea of great Young Adult reads as something wholly unpredictable.

May 31, 2015

Speaking Truth to Power: The Truth Commission

What the truth is – and speaking it – is something of a lost art in these days of public relations spinning. So in this new young adult novel, The Truth Commission by Susan Juby, the self-appointed “Truth Commission” – consisting of high school best friends Normandy, Neil, and Dusk – seeks to rectify this at their school

May 29, 2015

Stuart Scott, in His Own Words

Every Day I Fight, the memoir of Stuart Scott, walks readers through not just his life – but his incredible spirit especially during his fight with cancer.

May 24, 2015

For YA Fans of the Supernatural: The Walls Around Us

Nova Ren Suma has penned a quietly terrifying young adult mystery that will likely give you shivers.

May 10, 2015

More to the Tough Guy in This YA Debut

Remember that kid in high school who was super tough, pretty much kept to himself, and everyone tried to avoid? Did you ever wonder why he acted like that? If not, this young adult debut novel Still Waters, by Ash Parsons, may cause you to think on it a bit.

May 3, 2015

The Stuff of Teen Dreams: Meredith Stroud's Portal 24

Meredith Stroud's Portal 24 is the stuff of teens' dreams: A seemingly ordinary kid gets plucked off the street one day by a secret government agency to handle dangerous and important missions, along with other young adult agents.

April 26, 2015

A YA Debut in the Mommie Dearest Vein

At the heart of Meredith Moore’s debut YA novel are a vengeful mother and the daughter she controls.