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Teens Can Write Too: 7 Teen Authors Who Wrote Books for Teens.


1) Christopher Paolini was 15 years old when he started writing his epic, dragon-centric The Inheritance Cycle series. It took some time, but the first three books (Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr) were published by the age of 19 and became international bestsellers. There are now four books in the series (he’s working on book five currently) and the first of which was made into a feature film in 2006. You can read and listen to all of Christopher Paolini’s books through Overdrive and you can read more about Christopher Paolini’s life from Christopher Paolini on Hoopla. 


2) Rachel Coker’s first book – Interrupted – was bought by publishers when she was just 15 years old. Her next book Chasing Jupiter was released in the same year as her debut novel in 2012. Her books fall in the historical fiction genre, the first (Interruptedtaking place during the Great Depression, and her second novel (Chasing Jupiter) taking place during the 1960’s space race. Her two novels are available as eBooks through Hoopla. 


3) S. E. Hinton was 16 when she wrote her novel The Outsiders, which has now become a classic in many classrooms throughout the country. It depicts the violent struggles between rival gangs in the 1960’s (the Greasers and the Socs). Hinton’s book was published in 1967 and has since been made into a 1983 star-studded movie, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, and Rob Lowe. You can read or listen to The Outsiders through Overdrive and read some of S. E. Hinton’s other works through Hoopla 


4) Anne Frank was just 13 when she recorded her experiences of the Holocaust in her diary, the contents of which were published after her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Her diary was published posthumously by her father, Otto Frank, who was the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. Anne’s diary was saved by Otto Frank’s secretary, Miep Geiss, and was published in 1947. Its first English printing was in 1952 under the title Diary of a Young Girl. Though her diary wasn’t intended to be published, and its original editions cut out a lot of material that Otto found “unsuitable” it has been a driving force in education regarding the treatment of peoples from the Holocaust. It has been recreated in film multiple times, one of which (the 2009 version) you can watch through Hoopla. You can read or listen to The Diary of a Young Girl along with some of her short stories (Tales from the Annex) on Overdrive 


5) A lot of people don’t realize that Mary Shelley’s famous novel Frankenstein was written when she was just 19 years old. Her first draft was written as a short story for a competition during a party on who could write the scariest story. Mary won and went on to write her story into the work that we know today – the world’s first science-fiction novel. Frankenstein’s Monster is now a world-renowned character with multiple iterations in TV and Film. You can read and listen to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through Overdrive. 


6) Nancy Yi Fan was 13 when the first book in her Swordbird trilogy was released, 14 when Sword Quest was released, and 18 when Sword Mountain – the final book in the trilogy – was released. Fan got the idea from her book series from three sources – a dream which set the scene for the story, her love of birds, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. She started writing Swordbird at the age of 11 and on a whim emailed it to the CEO of HarperCollins publishing, which led to its initial run of 50,000 copies. She graduated from Harvard University and now lives with her parents in Florida. You can read or listen to her Swordbird series through Hoopla. 


7) Malala Yousafzai published her memoir I am Malala at the age of 16 after being well known for standing up to the Taliban for a women’s right to an education. Malala Yousafzai gained world-wide awareness after being shot in the face by the Taliban and living to tell the tale. And tell the tale she did. She is now 22 years old, and has a UN recognized holiday in her honor – her birthday, July 12 – Malala Day. You can read and listen to her memoir and read her second book We Are Displaced on Overdrive. 

Taylor S.

By day, Taylor is your run of the mill, cardigan-wearing librarian, but by night, she is a cross-stitching, history-loving, classic-movie-watching baker who is carrying on a continuous attempt to sew her own capsule wardrobe. She is probably reading two or three books at any given time.