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Grimm, Top 10

Top 10: Authors who published books as teenagers

18.01.10 | Comment?

  1. Sonya Hartnett, Butterfly. Her first book, Trouble All the Way, was published when she was 15.
  2. Christopher Paolini, Brisingr. I picked Brisingr because of the dragony bits which were cool. He was 19 when Eragon was published.
  3. Kenneth Oppel, Starclimber. Although his first published book was Colin’s Fantastic Video Adventure (he was 18). He got it published via a family friend called Roald Dahl.
  4. S E Hinton, The Outsiders. S E Hinton was 17 when she published The Outsiders in 1967.
  5. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, In the Forests of the Night. She was just 14.
  6. Flavia Bujor, The Prophecy of the Gems. Flavia Bujor finished her first novel when she was 12 and it was published two years later.
  7. Alexandra Adornetto, The Shadow Thief. An Australian author, Alexandra Adornetto was 15 when her first book was published in 2007. Since then she has completed the trilogy.
  8. Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill. Although he was a whopping 23 years old when Be More Chill was published, Ned Vizzini wrote as a columnist for the New York Press when he was a teenager.
  9. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. Mary Shelley was a married woman of 18 when she wrote Frankenstein and it was eventually published when she was 21, but things took longer back then. The story goes that Mary, Percy Bysshe (her husband) and Lord Byron were sitting around the fire one day when it was decided that they should have a competition to see who could write the best supernatural story. Guess who won?
  10. Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank of course died in Auschwitz aged 15.

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