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.

October 24, 2014

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Pioneering Women of the Civil War

Rejoice fans of civil war and women’s history! Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy is a fantastic – and true – story of four role-busting women during the tumultuous 1860s.

October 19, 2014

A Duck, Missing Chapter, and Keening Banshee: William Ritter's Jackaby

Fun and mystery abound in this tale of the young detective (of sorts) R. F. Jackaby and his new and able assistant, Miss Abigail Rook.

October 12, 2014

Celebrating Walter Dean Myers

As we conclude Walter Dean Myers’ posthumously published YA novel, On a Clear Day, we’re also taking a moment to appreciate the author’s legacy.

September 28, 2014

Carl Hiaasen Goes YA with Skink, Gators, Wi-fi, and a Missing Eye.

In Hiaasen’s first foray into YA literature, a slightly wacky homeless guy with only one eye turns out to be the supposedly dead Governor of Florida. Shenanigans of a Hiaasen-esque nature ensue.

September 24, 2014

Near Escape from Newark: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Right off the bat, you know from the title of Jeff Hobbs’s new book – The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace – that this is going to be a difficult, if interesting, read.

September 21, 2014

Each Twin Has Only Half the Story: I'll Give You the Sun

Jandy Nelson’s new novel is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once, and will satisfy teens and adults alike.

August 31, 2014

A New Youth in Chris Weitz's The Young World

'Young American, young American – I want the young American …' – David Bowie, Young Americans

August 24, 2014

Universal Circus: Bigtop Reads for Everyone

From horror to history to young adult fiction, here are three circus-esque tales to satisfy everyone.

August 17, 2014

Time Travel Is a Tricky Thing

In Cristin Terrill’s YA novel All Our Yesterdays, time travel exists at the core of a group of friends and the troubles they face.

August 10, 2014

Austin Aslan's The Islands at the End of the World: Sci-fi Meets Eco-thriller

This is an apocalyptic, science-fiction eco-thriller. Austin Aslan’s first young adult book, The Islands at the End of the World, comes roaring out of the gate with expert pacing in this race-to-get-home adventure.

July 13, 2014

Zombies? Coming-of-Age? All at Once

Courtney Summers’s young adult novel, This Is Not a Test, explores the theme of survival – at multiple levels.

July 6, 2014

On the Heels of If I Stay: Gayle Forman's Where She Went

Where She Went continues the story of Mia and Adam, who we met in Gayle Forman's previous and exquisite novel, If I Stay.

June 29, 2014

Teen Search and Rescue: The Body in the Woods

April Henry was inspired by a real-life search-and-rescue team in the creation of her new series, Point Last Seen

June 22, 2014

YA for the Tech Set: Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and Homeland

For today’s youth, these fictional stories entertain and also serve as a reminder to kids that this country is theirs – and if they see abuses of power, it’s within their power to affect change.

June 15, 2014

Lose Your Head Over John Corey Whaley's Noggin

How’s this for a premise: A terminally ill teenage boy decides to have his head severed and frozen, in hopes that someday he’ll be able to come back to life.