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 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.

April 19, 2015

Death Be Not Proud: Denton Little's Deathdate

You'll love this book. You'll hate this book. You'll yell "NOOOOO!" at the end of it and want more. I'm talking about Lance Rubin's new young adult novel, Denton Little's Deathdate.

April 12, 2015

Diversity in Teen Literature: None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

In I. W. Gregorio’s debut Young Adult novel, None of the Above, Kristin Lattimer has a great life: she has a wonderful, handsome boyfriend, Sam; best friends, Faith and Vee; and she’s off to State next year on a running scholarship to study child development. As she decides to lose her virginity, her life takes a very interesting turn.

April 5, 2015

A Young Adult View into Pakistani Culture

Parents and caregivers will want to read Written in the Stars by Aisha Seed along with their young adults, as this novel’s sure to spark questions and conversation.

March 29, 2015

Painless and Inspiring: New YA from S. A. Harazin

Have you had your fill of painful coming-of-age books about teens? Then try out Painless by S. A. Harazin, whose main character, David Hart, has a rare medical condition called CIPA (congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis) that doesn’t allow him to feel physical pain.

March 22, 2015

Lost + Portnoy's Complaint + Teens = Grasshopper Jungle

If you squished together the TV show “Lost,” the spilled seed in Portnoy’s Complaint, and the adulation of teens and librarians into one big ball of a book, I’m pretty sure you’d get Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle. Oh wait, there are six-foot insects, too.

March 15, 2015

Welcome to Camp Merrie-Seymour: The Alex Crow

Incredible, twisted and funny: A boy clown, the melting man and Camp Merrie-Seymour. Plus a reanimated crow named Alex, all in The Alex Crow, new from Andrew Smith.