Dive into YA Lit

Ever want to meet your favorite Young Adult author? Now is your chance!
Join us for our exciting YA Author Series: Dive into YA Lit: It’s Not Just for Teens!

  • Molly Ostertag | The Girl from the Sea
    Thu, June 10, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Molly Ostertag, New York Times bestselling and award-winning graphic novelist. Molly’s middle-grade graphic novel debut, The Witch Boy, is being adapted into a feature film by Netflix. A listing of her books are offered here.

  • P.C. Cast & Kristen | Spells Trouble
    Thu, June 24, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast, Mother and daughter team are paranormal/romance/fantasy authors renowned for their bestselling House of Night series. A listing of their books are offered here. 

  • Megan McCafferty | Sloppy Firsts (20th Anniversary)
    Thu, July 8, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Megan McCafferty, New York Times bestselling author who originally hails from Bayville in Ocean County! Megan is renowned for the Jessica Darling series. Her sequel series Jessica Darlings It List was made into a film and can be viewed on Netflix or on Hoopla, The listing of her books can be found here. 

  • Elizabeth Lim | Six Crimson Cranes
    Thu, July 22, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Elizabeth Lim, New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance/fantasy author. Elizabeth is best known for the critically-acclaimed and bestselling The Blood of Stars duology. Her latest Six Crimson Crane novel is set in a beautifully realized world which brings to mind Chinese and Japanese folklore, and is brimful with unusual magic. A l isting of her books can be found here. 

  • Katie Zhao | How We Fall Apart
    Thu, August 12, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Katie Ziao, a Chinese American author who is a passionate advocate for representation in literature and media. Katie is known for her Chinese-inspired middle grade fantasy The Dragon Warrior and its sequel, The Fallen Hero, which celebrate Asian culture. She’s also the author of the upcoming most anticipated Asian American thriller How We Fall Apart.

  • Gretchen McNeil | #murdertrending
    Thu, August 26, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Gretchen McNeil, an award- winning author of horror/suspense novels. Gretchen is noted for her highly acclaimed murder-comedy books, #murdertrending and the sequel murderfunding.

  • Kit Frick | I Killed Zoe Spanos
    Thu, September 16, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Kit Frick, a novelist, award-winning pert, and MacDowell Colony fellow. Kit is noted for her highly popular thrillers , All Eyes on Us, and I Killed Zoe Spanos, which was voted 2020 Best Summer Thriller by both People and Parade.

  • Julie Murphy | If the Shoe Fits
    Thu, September 30, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with in conversation with Julie Murphy, a #1 New York Times bestselling and award- winning author. Julie is best known for her renown novel, Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Her upcoming book, If the Shoe Fits, is her first adult fiction novel. Listing of her books can be found here.

  • Greg Neri | The Grand Theft Horse
    Thu, October 7, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with award-winning author, Greg Neri and a Coretta Scott King honor winner. Greg has written books in free verse and novelistic prose, as well as graphic novels. His popular book, Ghetto Cowboy, was made into a film, Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba. Listing of his books can be found here.

  • Ibi Zoboi | Punching the Air
    Thu, October 28, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Ibi Zoboi, a New York Times Bestselling author, New York Times Notable Book, and a National Book Award Finalist. Ibi is co-author of Punching the Air with prison reform activist, Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five. This book was voted a 2020 Book of the Year by Time Magazine. A listing of her award winning books can be found here.

  • Pamela N. Harris | When you Look like Us
    Thu, November 4, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with an upcoming Debut Author Pamela N. Harris whose novel, When You Look Like Us is creating a Buzz in the literary industry. Her book is twisty and suspenseful with a strong underlying element that explores the ongoing issues surrounding classism, racism and privilege.

  • Darcie Little Badger | Elatsoe
    Thu, November 18, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with Debut Author, Darcie Little Badger who specializes in speculative fiction, especially horror, science fiction and fantasy. Darcie Little Badger is a Lipan Apache writer and her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy novels of all time!

  • A.S. King | Switch
    Thu, December 9, 2021 6:00 P.M.
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    Join in for a virtual conversation with A.S. King who has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. King is the author of several highly-acclaimed novels including 2020 Michael L. Printz Award winner DIG. A listing of her winning books, infused with Magical Realism can be found here.

 

The series is presented in partnership with Booktowne, a local, independent bookstore in Manasquan, New Jersey. Attendees will receive a 10% discount code during the program that can be used for the book purchase through their website.

YA Author Series Archive
  • Steve Sheinkin | Born to Fly: The First Women's Air
    Thu, May 27, 2021 6:00 P.M.

    Join in for a virtual conversation with the renown, award winning, New York Times bestselling author Steve Sheinkin. Steve’s history books are not merely accurately recounted history, they are riveting true tales that read like thrillers. A listing of his books are offered here. 

  • Laura Sebastian | Ash Princess Series
    Thu, May 13, 2021 6:00 P.M.

    Join in for a virtual conversation with Laura Sebastian. author of New York Times bestselling Ash Princess Series, which holds a smart, feminist twist on a traditional tale of a fallen heroine. A listing of her books are offered here. 

  • Sandhya Menon | Of Curses and Kisses
    Mon, April 19, 2021 6:00 P.M.

    Join in for a virtual conversation with Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling romance author whose highly popular novels are filled with kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. A listing of her books are offered here.

  • Crystal Maldonado | Fat Chance Charlie Vega
    Thu, April 8, 2021 6:00 P.M.

    Join in for a virtual conversation with Crystal Maldonado, upcoming Debut Young Adult author, whose novel, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega has received rave reviews!