In a world where literary achievements often come with age and experience, it’s truly awe-inspiring to witness the rise of young talent in the literary landscape. The power of words knows no boundaries, and these young authors are a testament to that fact. In this blog, we are celebrating award-winning Young authors who have not only defied age norms but have also created captivating narratives that resonate with readers of all ages.
Award-Winning Young Authors
Nancy Yi Fan
Nancy was born on July 26, 1993, in Beijing, China, and later moved to the United States. She began writing “Swordbird” when she was only 10 years old and completed it at the age of 12. Her writing was influenced by her love for birds and her interest in martial arts.
- Plot: “Swordbird” is a fantasy novel that tells the story of various bird tribes who must unite to fight against a tyrannical hawk and his army. The themes of peace, freedom, and friendship are central to the story.
- Publication: After finishing the novel, Nancy sent her manuscript to several publishers. HarperCollins eventually picked it up, and it was published in 2007.
- Success: “Swordbird” became a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into multiple languages. It received praise for its imaginative storytelling and positive messages.
Alec Greven was born in 1998 in Castle Rock, Colorado, USA. The idea for the book originated from a school project. Alec was just 9 years old when he wrote “How to Talk to Girls” as a pamphlet for a school book fair. It contained tips and observations about interactions between boys and girls.
- Publication: The pamphlet quickly gained local attention, and HarperCollins decided to publish it as a book. It was released in 2008.
- Success: “How to Talk to Girls” became a New York Times bestseller and garnered national media attention. Alec appeared on various talk shows, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” to discuss the book.
- Follow-up Works: Encouraged by the success of his first book, Alec wrote several follow-up titles, including “How to Talk to Moms,” “How to Talk to Dads,” and “How to Talk to Santa.”
Born on November 17, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Christopher was raised in Paradise Valley, Montana. He was homeschooled by his parents and graduated high school at the age of 15. His passion for reading and writing developed early, particularly his love for fantasy literature.
- Writing “Eragon”: Christopher started writing “Eragon” shortly after graduating from high school. He spent a year writing the novel, followed by another year revising it.
- Plot: “Eragon” follows the story of a young farm boy who discovers a dragon egg and becomes a Dragon Rider. The novel explores themes of destiny, magic, power, and the battle between good and evil.
- Publication: Initially, Christopher’s family self-published “Eragon” in 2002. Christopher traveled to various schools, libraries, and bookshops, promoting the book. His efforts paid off when the novel was discovered by author Carl Hiaasen’s stepson. It was subsequently re-published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2003.
- Success: “Eragon” became a massive success, topping bestseller lists and leading to the creation of the “Inheritance Cycle” series, which includes “Eldest,” “Brisingr,” and “Inheritance.”
- Film Adaptation: In 2006, “Eragon” was adapted into a feature film, though it received mixed reviews.
Kody Keplinger was born on June 8, 1991, in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA. She studied writing and English at Ithaca College. “The DUFF” was published in 2010 when Kody was only 17 years old.
- Plot: The story follows Bianca Piper, a seventeen-year-old girl who finds herself labeled as “The DUFF” within her friend group. The novel explores themes of self-confidence, friendship, and love.
- Inspiration: Kody was inspired by her own high school experiences, and the term “DUFF” resonated with her feeling of being the less attractive friend in her group.
- Reception: The book received praise for its candid take on teenage insecurities, its relatable characters, and its witty and engaging narrative style.
- Adaptation: In 2015, the book was adapted into a film starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, and Bella Thorne. The movie took some liberties with the plot but retained the central theme and was considered a commercial success.
Beth Reeks was born on June 7, 1995, in Newport, Wales. She pursued a degree in Physics at Exeter University. Beth wrote “The Kissing Booth” at the age of 15 and initially published it on the online platform Wattpad. The story quickly gained traction and amassed over 19 million reads on Wattpad.
- Publication: This online success led to a publishing deal with Random House, and the novel was officially published in 2012.
- Plot: The story revolves around Elle Evans, who finds herself falling for her best friend’s older brother, creating a romantic and comedic conflict. The story explores themes of friendship, romance, and coming-of-age.
- Reception: “The Kissing Booth” was praised for its engaging characters, relatable teenage emotions, and fun narrative style.
- Netflix Film: In 2018, “The Kissing Booth” was adapted into a Netflix film starring Joey King, Jacob Elordi, and Joel Courtney. The film became a hit among young audiences.
Born on April 18, 1992, in Melbourne, Australia. Alexandra grew up in a literary family; her mother was an English teacher, and her father was a playwright. This atmosphere nourished her interest in writing.
- “The Shadow Thief” – Published in 2007, when Adornetto was just 13 years old, this fantasy novel is the first in the Strangest Adventures series. The book follows the adventures of Millipop Klompet and Ernest Perriclof in the bizarre and magical world of Drabville.
- The Strangest Adventures Series – This series includes “The Shadow Thief,” “The Lampo Circus,” and “Von Gobstopper’s Arcade.” The trilogy is filled with whimsical characters, engaging adventures, and intricate plots that have captured the imaginations of young readers.
- Halo Trilogy – Alexandra also authored a popular young adult fantasy romance series, beginning with “Halo” in 2010, when she was 18. The series revolves around angels and combines elements of romance, fantasy, and adventure.
Abigail Gibbs was born on October 24, 1993, in the UK. Details about her early education are scarce, but her passion for writing blossomed at a young age. Abigail started writing “The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire” at the age of 14 and began publishing it on the online platform Wattpad.
- Popularity: The story gained immense popularity, attracting millions of reads on Wattpad.
- Publication: Due to the online success, HarperCollins signed her to a publishing deal, and the book was officially published in 2012, when she was 18.
- Plot: The novel follows Violet Lee, a young woman who becomes entangled with a group of vampires. It’s filled with romance, intrigue, and supernatural elements.
- Reception: The book received mixed reviews, with praise for its imaginative storyline and criticism for its mature content considering the author’s age.