Young Adult Author Speakers

Many people fondly remember a book or author that significantly impacted their life. These author speakers share their inspirations and personal stories to truly connect with young adult audiences.

John Green

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska; co-author of the New York Times bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Nic Stone

New York Times-bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

Sabaa Tahir

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award and four-time Newbery Honor Winner, and bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming

Markus Zusak

#1 New York Times- bestselling author of The Book Thief

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Marc Brown

Award-winning and bestselling author of the popular Arthur series

Pierce Brown

Author of New York Times bestselling Red Rising series

Gayle Forman

Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay

Adam Gidwitz

New York Times-bestselling author of the Grimm books and The Inquisitor's Tale

Patricia Reilly Giff

Two-time Newbery Honor-winning author of such beloved novels as Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

Jennifer L. Holm

Three-time Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times-bestselling author

Matthew Holm

Co-creator of two award-winning graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish

Norton Juster

Author of the beloved children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth

E. Lockhart

New York Times-bestselling author of We Were Liars

Steve Lopez

Author of The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

Gary Paulsen

Prolific three-time Newbery Honor winner, hailed as "One of the Best Loved Writers Alive" by The New York Times

Chris Raschka

Beloved two-time Caldecott Award and Honor Award winner

Louis Sachar

Newbery and National Book Award-winning author of Holes

Ruta Sepetys

International bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy

Erika L. Sánchez

National Book Award-nominated author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter