If you aren’t reading the following Teen authors, you should resolve to start in 2015.

Each of these 12 authors (one per month, for your convenience) has more than one book or series, some of which cross genres, so there should be plenty to choose from.

Feed by M.T. AndersonM.T. Anderson

Anderson journeys into the future in “Feed” and takes the commercialization of society to an interesting and disturbing conclusion. In his “Octavian Nothing” books, he imagines the Revolutionary War that includes an African American boy being raised as part of a science experiment.

Girl Stolen by April Henry

April Henry

A new queen of high-interest, teen mystery-thrillers has been crowned in April Henry. Her books are short, action-packed, and terrifyingly fun. Perfect for reluctant readers and those needing a good, quick read.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Antony John

John, a Missouri resident, seems to have a genre-crossing theme of finding inner strength and hidden powers. In the contemporary “Five Flavors of Dumb” Piper has a severe hearing impairment and is challenged with finding the rock band Dumb a paying gig. In “Elemental” and its sequels, Thomas is the only person in his community who doesn’t have the power to control an element, but he may not be a powerless as he feels.

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Maureen Johnson

Johnson’s early books (“13 Little Blue Envelopes,” etc.) started as realistic fiction with charming characters. More recently, her “Shades of London” series includes paranormal elements and explores historical mysteries through charming modern eyes.

(If you’re on Twitter, Maureen Johnson is fun to follow.)

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

A.S. King

A.S. King takes real life issues facing today’s teens (like bullying in “Everybody Sees the Ants”) and packages them with believable and likable characters who deal with these issues in completely relatable ways. King is a powerhouse writer of contemporary, realistic fiction.

Scowler by Daniel Kraus

Daniel Kraus

Kraus writes about pretty horrible things, but he makes each scene so compelling that you can’t help but keep reading. In “Rotters” the main character takes up the family business–grave robbing. In “Scowler” the main character’s three most precious toys are alive and one of them is murderously evil.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga

From a comic book geek in “The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl” to the son of a serial killer in “I Hunt Killers,” Barry Lyga isn’t afraid to explore what Life can throw at his main characters. Each book’s characters are believable people with complex lives and emotions.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness

The “Chaos Walking” trilogy is rife with characters that Ness makes you love. It’s also rife with gut-wrenching and horrible things that happen to these characters, but the emotional journey is worth it. Promise. In “A Monster Calls” Conor’s mother is dying of cancer. He is visited by a monster (but not the monster of his nightmares) who will tell him three stories and requires Conor to tell the fourth story–Conor’s truth. Prepare to cry, sensitive readers! And prepare for cliffhangers!!

Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce

Pierce’s world building is as amazing as her writing. Every detail is fully realized and palpable. I would never have thought a police procedural set in a fantasy world would work, but the “Beka Cooper” series is perfectly amazing.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman

Like most of the authors on this list, Shusterman explores complex issues and the people embroiled in them. The “Unwind” series, set in the near future, dares to imagine a solution to the abortion debate that would make King Solomon proud. In the “Everlost” books Shusterman wonders what happens if you’re knocked off the path to wherever you go after you die.

Winger by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Smith commands different genres with the best of them. His writing, no matter the genre, is one of the strongest on the list. He’s clever and creepy and completely real.

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater’s popularity was cemented with “Shiver” during the paranormal romance craze, but she is no one hit wonder. Her subsequent books abound with great characters and even better writing.

This list is missing some great authors, of course. I intentionally left out the household names in Teen Fiction (Sarah Dessen, Scott Westerfeld, etc.) as well as the Books-Into-Movies authors (Suzanne Collins, John Green, Veronica Roth, etc.), so I’m hopeful there are some authors you’re not familiar with. Let me know how you like their books. Even if you don’t like them.

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