2012 Debut Authors (Young Adult & Middle Grade)
Please Note: If you are participating in the challenge there is a Goodreads Group I recommend you join! Since anyone can add books to this list, there are often ones that DO NOT COUNT toward the challenge. The Group had a shelf that the public cannot add to, and it is more reliable.

This is a reference for those wanting to read debut authors. It is also a reference list for those participating in the Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren.

For official rules and participation guidelines stop by thestorysiren.com

Please do not add titles to this list that are not debut titles. A debut means that it is the authors first YA or MG title. AGAIN: DO NOT ADD TITLES THAT ARE NOT 2012 DEBUTS!

And as to keep the confusion to a low, this list will be for US & Canadian debuts only.
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message 71: by Musicmaniac101 (new)

Musicmaniac101 Ahh can't wait for 2012... Already want every book on this list!


message 70: by L (new)

L Check out Unbound by Emily Goodwin. I liked it because Ms. Goodwin writes with a good voice - it seems as if an eighteen year old girl is telling the story. It is an exciting tale of an ordinary girl who discovers an extraordinary part of herself after receiving a mysterious gift from an elderly aunt.


message 69: by Derya (new)

Derya Tempest sounds interesting.


message 68: by ♥Sky♥ (new)

♥Sky♥ I wish I could read every book on that list!


message 67: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy I'm pretty sure Jodi Picoult isn't a debut Author.


Gabrielle Carolina Kat wrote: "I'm pretty sure Jodi Picoult isn't a debut Author."

She is, however, releasing her debut YA novel this year, and that's what the list is about. : )


message 65: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Yeah, sorry, missed that part of it! Thanks for the correction! I must learn to read more carefully.


message 64: by Krys (new)

Krys Kai Meyer has written the Dark Reflections and Wave Walkers series prior to Arkadia Awakens, all of which are young adult titles.


message 63: by Kristi (new)

Kristi Krys wrote: "Kai Meyer has written the Dark Reflections and Wave Walkers series prior to Arkadia Awakens, all of which are young adult titles."

This is his US debut though.... right?


message 62: by Daph (new)

Daph (Loving Books) I don't know who did this, but there are tons of titles by Richelle Mead, Stephenie Meyer and Alyson Noël on this list (page 2 and on) :/


message 61: by HSLFP (new)

HSLFP They all look very interesting!
Can't wait!


message 60: by oliviasbooks (new)

oliviasbooks I deleted Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien, #1) by Kai Meyer from the list. To call Kai Meyer an debut author is like a bad joke.


message 59: by Kristi (new)

Kristi oliviasbooks wrote: "I deleted Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien, #1) by Kai Meyer from the list. To call Kai Meyer an debut author is like a bad joke."

Thanks, I think. I was under the impression that Meyer had previous children's books published in the US but not a YA or MG title. I hadn't been able to do the research as of yet. I appreciate the help, although you could have been a little less sarcastic about it! It wasn't mean to be a "bad joke" it was an honest mistake. I have two other people designated in helping me keep this list updated and correct, but were only human!


message 58: by oliviasbooks (last edited Dec 12, 2011 06:38AM) (new)

oliviasbooks Sorry, Kristi. I did not want to be sarcastic. It was MY fault actually. Meyer is one of the most successful YA/middle grade authors in Germany. Therefore I had to laugh. But I did not read the US debut part and thought somebody had just added "something" random. The Wavewalker Trilogy for instance did not sell as children's literature in Germany, yet in the US the covers look rather childish. So your sorting makes actually kind of sense. Sorry again.


message 57: by Kristi (new)

Kristi oliviasbooks wrote: "Sorry, Kristi. I did not want to be sarcastic. It was MY fault actually. Meyer is one of the most successful YA/middle grade authors in Germany. Therefore I had to laugh. But I did not read the US ..."

Ha! That's okay! There are some crazy titles that get put on here, and they are obviously not debuts! So I absolutely know where you are coming from! I just didn't want you to think we/I had it on there intentionally! Thanks, again.


message 56: by papalbina (new)

papalbina Kristi (The Story Siren) wrote: "Krys wrote: "Kai Meyer has written the Dark Reflections and Wave Walkers series prior to Arkadia Awakens, all of which are young adult titles."

This is his US debut though.... right?"

No, he's been published in the US before. If Dark Reflections is considered YA (I'm not quite sure... according to publisher the books are from 12 years and above, is that considered YA? fO.o), then he wouldn't be debuting this year.


message 55: by Daph (new)

Daph (Loving Books) Love & Leftovers will be published December 27th, 2011 so it's not a 2012 debut, but a 2011 debut..

Also Touched (December '12) isn't a debut as her other book, If I Lie comes out in August '12 :)


message 54: by [deleted user] (new)

Added The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark. That is totally a 2012 debut and my first read for the DAC.


message 53: by Rogier (new)

Rogier Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan needs t be looked at its different; lore and trilling


message 52: by Alivia (new)

Alivia Anders Added my book (if that's okay with you, Kristi!) to the list. Hopefully it'll be the first of many for me, hah!


message 51: by Louisa (last edited Jan 19, 2012 11:02AM) (new)

Louisa Would After the Snow by S. D. Crockett count? Goodreads doesn't have him having other works and netgalley says that a new talent had been added, it comes out this year, sounds YA, and I didn't see it on the list of the 2 pages I saw. Hope it does, because it sounds fantastic! :)


message 50: by Casey (new)

Casey Wow these all sound so amazing!!! I need more hours in the day so I can read them all!


message 49: by Louisa (new)

Louisa Uh, Fallen in Love and Social Suicide aren't the first books in the series so I don't think they count as debuts, and Raven came out sometime before last year, and she has other books out like The Vampire Stalker or The Oracle of Dating out already, so I don't think that one counts, either. Hope that helps!


message 48: by Kay (new)

Kay Hi, I noticed there's The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe on the list; however, this is the author's second YA novel after Give Up the Ghost. Unless I am missing something, which is possible :)


message 47: by Alice (new)

Alice WHO CREATED THIS LIST! AWSOME JOB!


message 46: by Peter (last edited Feb 21, 2012 06:02AM) (new)

Peter Kelley This is such a wonderful service to YA readers. Thanks so much to Kristi and all who help her. I've added my new book, Paraglide. I hope people will give it a look.




message 45: by Tyler (new)

Tyler Black Here's another good list with some great book ideas to read:

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/16...


message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

This list is for 2012 debut author books only. It is for the Debut Author Challenge, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, that over 900 people and blogs are participating in. This is just a friendly FYI since I have been seeing books added that were NOT Debut books, and in some cases, not even YA books added to this list.


message 43: by Kristi (new)

Kristi Kara wrote: "This list is for 2012 debut author books only. It is for the Debut Author Challenge, hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren, that over 900 people and blogs are participating in. This is just a friendl..."

Thanks Kara. Please feel free to delete those titles that shouldn't be on here. I try to keep it up to date, but I don't always catch them all. Another pair of eyes would be great!


message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

I didn't know I could delete them. I thought only the list owner could. Well, crap. Thanks for telling me! I'll certainly help you keep an eye on it. :)


message 41: by [deleted user] (new)

I think "Entasy" by Brynn Myers needs to be deleted (I can't figure out how) since the author herself states it is not a YA book and will fall into the adult paranormal category due to language and content.


message 40: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Great list! =D


message 39: by Gea (new)

Gea This list is really helpful. It's amazing that there are a hundred debuts in just one year. I'm sure a lot of them are not extremely good. I'm interested in the ones with really great writing. First on the list for me is Incarnate.


Chelle (crazytrinket) I am confused, is PARTIALS by DAN WELLS a 2012 Debut? Please help...


message 37: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Gea wrote: "This list is really helpful. It's amazing that there are a hundred debuts in just one year."

Actually, so far, there are 218 on this list. Did you click the "next" button?

:P


message 36: by Gea (new)

Gea Holy Cow! You're right. There are 218 author debuts this year. I didn't see that. Thanks Alicia.


message 35: by Louisa (new)

Louisa For those who can delete books on the list, there's duplicates of Lies Beneath (one 50, the other 181) and Halfings (one 54, the other 209) and The Butterfly Clues (one 187, the other 206) Then the votes can be all together :)


message 34: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Collins I added my own book, The Unicorn Tree. It is my debut novel and is young adult. It was released early April, 2012.


message 33: by Caitlin (last edited May 02, 2012 08:34AM) (new)

Caitlin Angelology is not a 2012 book.
Nor is it technically a YA book, so...


message 32: by Galini (new)

Galini I've got almost all of them as e-books, and exams don't give me time for reading.

DO. THEY. WANT. TO. KILL. ME?


message 31: by Janus Vielle (new)

Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project) Chelle (crazytrinket) wrote: "I am confused, is PARTIALS by DAN WELLS a 2012 Debut? Please help..."

I have the same question. Is he? Please clarify. Thanks! ^_^


Chelle (crazytrinket) Janus Vielle wrote: "Chelle (crazytrinket) wrote: "I am confused, is PARTIALS by DAN WELLS a 2012 Debut? Please help..."

I have the same question. Is he? Please clarify. Thanks! ^_^"


someone (other blogger) told me that it is indeed a 2012 debut because his other novels were published as adult fiction.


message 29: by Janus Vielle (new)

Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project) Chelle (crazytrinket) wrote: "someone (other blogger) told me that it is indeed a 2012 debut because his other novels were published as adult fiction. "

Oh. I see. thanks! ^_^


message 28: by Dayon (new)

Dayon Lee Selection was kina good, but kinda boring... :$


message 27: by Maria (new)

Maria K Kiera Cass is not a debut author, though. Her YA debut was withThe Siren in 2009


Gabrielle Carolina Hey guys, I've read y'alls comments and gone through and deleted a bunch. Remember, authors who released books in other countries can debut in the US and independent/self-pubbed authors who are being traditionally published also count towards the challenge.

Thanks!

Gabrielle Carolina


message 25: by Karen (new)

Karen Payze Hi, I know what YA is but what do you mean by middle grade? Can I add my own book? It is on Amazon US but I don't know if my book qualifies for this.

Many thanks,

Karen

The Truth About Lies


message 24: by Louisa (new)

Louisa Born At Midnight (374) debuted in 2011 for any who can edit the list by way of deleting titles :)


message 23: by Lauryn (new)

Lauryn i think all of these books look good i read what she left behind and its a really good book i recoment this books to other readers like myself i'm only twelve but i still love to read and i also like to read books that are thick and hard to understand!!!!!! its just so amazing the books i mean because its like you're going into another world and escaping your own thats how i like to look at books


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