Ten books for tweens and teens by Georgia writers

On the hunt for a new series? You’ll love these local authors
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Books for young adults by Georgia authorsIf you loved The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Pick up The Last Monster by Ginger Garrett
Soon after 13-year-old cancer survivor Sofia is fit with her new prosthetic leg, she discovers she’s been chosen to protect a menagerie of ancient mythological monsters.

If you loved The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
Pick up The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
In a magical world inspired by Indian mythology, Maya, a 17-year-old princess, is cursed with a terrible fortune. But when tragedy strikes, she must assume the throne and confront a dangerous secret.

If you loved Blubber by Judy Blume
Pick up This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker by Terra Elan McVoy
When 12-year-old Fiona’s diary is stolen and her innermost thoughts are exposed, she loses both her dignity and her best friend. Available May 10.

If you loved Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Pick up Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
Twelve-year-old Lou is determined to save her Civil War–era house from being condemned. But she doesn’t expect to unspool a painful family history—or expose present-day prejudice.

If you loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Pick up Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
In this charmingly sweet debut, 15-year-old Tretch’s big gay secret threatens his relationships with both his straight best friend and his closed-minded parents.

If you loved Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Pick up Changers Book One: Drew by Allison Glock-Cooper and T Cooper
When Ethan Miller wakes up on the first day of his freshman year in high school, he’s startled to discover he’s become a girl named Drew. Turns out Ethan’s part of a crew of shape-shifting “changers,” and must live each of the next four years with a brand-new identity. Part of a four-book series (volumes three and four are still in the works).

If you loved Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Pick up Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production by Sarah Schauerte Reida
What’s a 13-year-old aspiring director to do when she finds a goblin deep in the woods near her Pennsylvania home? Produce a movie starring her beastly new friend, of course. Available September 16

If you loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Greene and David Levithan
Pick up Simon vs. the Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This award-winning debut stars 16-year-old Simon, who struggles with being not-quite-openly gay in Georgia. But now he’s got an even bigger problem—he’s being blackmailed because of his sexual identity.

If you loved Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Pick up Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
This clever debut reimagines the 17th-century love story between penniless orphan Anne Barrett and young Edward “Teach” Drummond, the son of a rich merchant who would one day become the notorious pirate, Blackbeard.

If you loved The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Pick up Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
On a family trip to Pakistan, 17-year-old Nalia must assert herself when her parents try to push her into an arranged marriage.

Kids in the ATL: “You’ll love these local authors” is reason 21 of our 25 Reasons it’s Great to be a Kid in Atlanta. To read the full list, grab a copy of our May 2016 issue, on newsstands now.

A version of this article originally appeared in our May 2016 issue.

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