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.

January 25, 2015

A New Voice in YA Fiction: Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary

John Green dared to write frankly about terminally ill kids in his beautiful young adult book The Fault in Our Stars, and many others have followed in his path – most recently, Julie Murphy. But this story has a twist.

January 18, 2015

Music, Grief, and Growing Up: Love Letters to the Dead

This novel is mesmerizing, lovely, and ultimately hopeful, as its heroine moves toward a giant revelation and acceptance.

January 11, 2015

The Breakfast Club for the YA Set, Courtesy of Liz Czukas

Chloe’s working this Christmas Eve, wearing her work-mandated GoodFoods holiday T-shirt, and ready for any kind of crazy – except for the one that actually happens.

January 4, 2015

Are You There God? It's Me, Gabi.

It’s tempting to call Gabi: A Girl in Pieces the Latina Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret; there are definite similarities, but the moniker is too limiting.

December 28, 2014

A Romp Through Hell: The Devil's Intern

Donna Hosie’s latest young adult novel, The Devil’s Intern, puts a new spin on the concept of the afterlife.

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.