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.

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.

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.