Category Archives: Debut Authors

When the Freshman Fifteens first met online back in the summer of 2013, we modeled ourselves after another small group of YA debut authors: The Fourteenery. As we are entering the final months of their debut year, we turn to … Continue reading

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Freshman Fifteens author Lori Goldstein chatted with fellow Freshman Jenn Marie Thorne to find out more about her forthcoming debut, THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT (Dial/Penguin, March 17, 2015).   After a shy 16-year-old is outed as the illegitimate daughter of … Continue reading

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Freshman Fifteens author Kim Savage  chatted with fellow Freshman Stacey Lee about her forthcoming debut, UNDER A PAINTED SKY (G.P Putnam Son’s/Penguin, March 17, 2015). A young adult Western Thelma and Louise, in which a Chinese girl and a house slave … Continue reading

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Freshman 15er Lori Goldstein interviewed author Jen Malone about her MG debut, AT YOUR SERVICE, coming August 26, 2014 from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin MIX! JEN MALONE Writing Thesis: AT YOUR SERVICE Abstract: In this love letter to NYC, tween Chloe longs to follow in … Continue reading

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Freshman Fifteens author Kelly Loy Gilbert  chatted with fellow Freshman Lee Kelly to find out more about her forthcoming debut, CITY OF SAVAGES (Simon & Schuster Children’s, February 3, 2015). When two sisters attempt to escape war-torn Manhattan, dark well-kept secrets about their … Continue reading

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Freshman Fifteens author Chandler Baker  chatted with fellow Freshman Charlotte Huang to find out more about her forthcoming debut, FOR THE RECORD (Delacorte, Fall 2015). “The curtain dropped and I went on autopilot. It was still light enough that I could make … Continue reading

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Freshman Fifteens author Jasmine Warga  chatted with fellow Freshman Lori Goldstein to find out more about her forthcoming debut, BECOMING JINN (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, Spring 2015). Wishing doesn’t make it so, Azra does. When the silver bangle snaps around her wrist on … Continue reading

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Freshman Fifteen author Stacey H. Lee  chatted with fellow Freshman Kelly Loy Gilbert to find out more about her forthcoming debut, CONVICTION (Disney-Hyperion, Summer 2015). When baseball phenom Braden’s celebrity father stands trial for murder, Braden’s testimony could save or … Continue reading

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A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at El-Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati’s Girl’s Ball. The event, organized by the school’s fantastic and hardworking teachers, was focused on celebrating female creativity, strength, and community. As someone who gets … Continue reading

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In support of our group mission, which we’ve dubbed Freshman Voices (check out our shiny new page all about it here!), Freshman 15er Kim Liggett recently spent time with students at Robert Louis Stevenson School in NYC to talk about … Continue reading

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