YA Authors

Today’s bibliophiles can correspond much more easily with their favorite authors than those growing up decades ago.  Authors not only have web sites, but also use MySpace and Facebook pages to publicize their books and stay in touch with their fans.

Those working with teenagers today should acquaint themselves with the sites of the most popular YA authors and share them with their students/patrons.

You could spend DAYS browsing through all the YA author sites out there!  Here are just a few examples of YA authors’ web presence:

Author Sites

Stephenie Meyer 

     Highlights:  See the Twilight movie trailer, listen to playlists she created for writing and reading the Twilight series books, read the partial draft of Midnight Sun (the book that was illegally posted on the Internet and is now on hold).

Gordon Korman  

     Highlights:  Homicide Meets Mr. Gold Medal – the script to a short play written by Korman published in Scope magazine, Top Ten Questions where Korman answers fans’ questions, and a Message Board.

Gail Giles 

     Highlights:  links to book trailers, Teacher’s Guides to accompany some of her books, FAQ’s.

     Gail Giles MySpace page

J.K. Rowling 

     Highlights:  Wow!  Too much to pick from.  This is a must-visit site.

Carolyn Mackler 

     Highlights:  Book Club information, Reader’s Guide for The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things,  and the author’s blog (she admits she’s a bad blogger).

     Carolyn Mackler MySpace Page

Sharon Draper 

     Highlights:  Copper Sun resources, Study Guides for many of her books, For New Teachers (Draper was an award winning teacher and offers great advice), Homework Helper which answers a plethora of questions about Draper to help with student research, and The Paper Draper Project – Draper is offering the few remaining Author Visit in a Box kits free (you pay the $35.00 shipping) to schools, libraries, and classroom teachers.

Walter Dean Myers 

     Highlights:  Bio and Reviews.

Eion Colfer 

     Highlights: Play the Artemis Fowl Inner Circle game, discuss books on the Message Board, and hear an audio announcement from the author about a new book.

Alane Ferguson 

     Highlights:  Video clips of the author discussing the books and characters, Study Guides for two of her books, link to the author’s blog.

Meg Cabot 

     Highlights:  Meg’s Diary, Message Board, pages on each of her books with reviews and book excerpts.

     Meg Cabot MySpace Page

John Green 

     Highlights: Anagrams, Blog, Famous Last Words.

     John Green MySpace Page

Character Sites

Some popular characters also have official sites:

Georgia Nicolson (Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging heroine)

Harry Potter

Series Sites

Some popular series have official sites:

Gemma Doyle Trilogy  (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and A Sweet, Far Thing)

Artemis Fowl

The sky’s the limit on finding all the YA author, book, and character sites on the ‘net.  What are some of your favorite ones?

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5 Responses to “YA Authors”

  1. Heather Loy Says:

    Here are a few author/series that are popular at my high school:

    Melissa Marr – author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange. Both are popular with my students. She has a blog and an online forum where she answers reader questions.

    Holly Black – author or Tithe, Valiant, Ironside, and The Good Neighbors for YA. Similar to Melissa Marr in that they both wright urban fantasy for YA. Also popular with my teens. http://blackholly.com/

    Anthony Horowits – Alex Rider series – sorta a junior James Bond type series. Extremely popular with my guys. Love the website for all of the extras, such as exclusive extra chapter of Snakehead, the booktrailer for Scorpia, etc. http://www.alexrider.com/

    Sarah Dessen – Her books are extremely popular with my girls. http://www.sarahdessen.com/

    Darren Shan – Cirque Du Freak series – Extremely popular with the guys. Interesting website. http://www.darrenshan.com/

  2. Julie Esanu Says:


    This is a great resource. I would recommend James Patterson’s Maximum Ride site (http://www.maximumride.com/); Erin Hunter’s Warriors website (http://www.warriorcats.com/); Laurie Halse Anderson’s Writer Lady (http://www.writerlady.com/); Nikki Grimes–Bronx Masquerade (http://www.nikkigrimes.com/); Lois Lowry (http://www.loislowry.com/); and Sharon Creech.

    Thanks for compiling this!

    Julie Esanu

  3. informania Says:

    Thanks, Julie! I will check these out.

  4. Rebecca Roper Says:

    I like Katerine Patterson’s site.

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