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2015 Debut Author Challenge (MG/YA/NA)

This list has been created for the 2015 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

A book only qualifies for this list if it's the author's first middle grade, young adult, or new adult book; it is traditionally published (self-published novels do not count); and it is a full length novel (novellas do not count).

There is also a Google spreadsheet that lists qualifying books. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/...
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166 books · 454 voters · list created April 14th, 2014 by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com (votes) .
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message 1: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Lark Rising, which is 2014.


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber (YA Indulgences) Vivian Apple, while it's a U.S. release in 2015, was a UK release in 2013 with her sequel being released in 2014.


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Amber wrote: "Vivian Apple, while it's a U.S. release in 2015, was a UK release in 2013 with her sequel being released in 2014."

Thank you. :) I've removed it!


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Rainbowheart wrote: "Removed Lark Rising, which is 2014."

Thanks for keeping an eye on things!


message 5: by Jess M. (last edited Jan 03, 2015 12:29PM) (new)

Jess M. Should these be on here, #72 - The Guardians (The Lost Realm, #1) by K.L. Penington and #96 - The Secret Society (The Lost Realm, #2) by K.L. Penington?


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Jess (Gone with the Words) wrote: "Should these be on here, #72 - The Guardians (The Lost Realm, #1) by K.L. Penington and #96 - The Secret Society (The Lost Realm, #2) by K.L. Penington?"

Nope! Deleted! Thanks so much. :)


message 7: by Mandy (new)


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Mandy wrote: "What about this book? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1..."

Yes, that' a debut book for this year. Feel free to add books as you find them!


message 9: by Paromita (last edited Feb 27, 2015 01:52AM) (new)

Paromita Goswami Hi all.
I took to opportunity to add my debut book Shamsuddin's Grave in the list.
"How far can you go for your loved ones?"
My book is a story from the North east corner of India with the theme of migration.


message 10: by Jazmin (new)

Jazmin Jade The Unhappening of Genesis Lee was released in 2014, not 2015.


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Jazmin wrote: "The Unhappening of Genesis Lee was released in 2014, not 2015."

Thanks for helping me keep an eye on things! I removed it. :)


message 12: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Also removed....

Lobster Tales (2014, adult)
The Apprentice (not a debut novel)
Secondhand Memories (2008, not a debut novel)

The list creator may want to decide this one, but The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella is an adult novel. I'm not sure it would count as NA, but the MC is young, so I guess it could be a gray area?


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Rainbowheart wrote: "Also removed....

Lobster Tales (2014, adult)
The Apprentice (not a debut novel)
Secondhand Memories (2008, not a debut novel)

The list creator may want to decide this one, but The Sweetheart by A..."


Thank you. :) I'm the list creator, by the way. And wow... yeah, I'm not sure what to do about The Sweetheart. I'll look into it. Thanks so much! Really appreciate your help. :)


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com I went ahead and deleted The Sweetheart. It's marketed as an adult book, so it will not count as NA or YA.


message 15: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Derbas (In Wonderland) Is Spelled by Betsy Schow a debut? I didn't see any other books that are YA,NA, or MG from this author. But I could be mistaken.


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Stephanie wrote: "Is Spelled by Betsy Schow a debut? I didn't see any other books that are YA,NA, or MG from this author. But I could be mistaken."

It is! Thanks for letting me know about it!


message 17: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Derbas (In Wonderland) Sweet! I have an eARC for this too! :)


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Stephanie wrote: "Sweet! I have an eARC for this too! :)"

Even better! I hope you enjoy it. :)

I've added Spelled to the DAC master list.


message 19: by Oclapo (new)

Oclapo Hello everyone!
I strongly recommend Akarnae (number 4 on this list) - I heard it was a cross between Harry Potter/Narnia and was not disappointed... one of the best YA's i've read since Harry Potter!


message 20: by Matt (new)

Matt The release date for Without Borders was changed from November 2015 to April 2016, so this one no longer qualifies. Next year's list! :)


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Matt wrote: "The release date for Without Borders was changed from November 2015 to April 2016, so this one no longer qualifies. Next year's list! :)"

Thank you, Matt! I've removed Without Borders.


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com GR Librarian Note: I went through the entire list and deleted books that do not qualify for the Debut Author Challenge. For more information on which books qualify for the challenge: http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/da...


message 23: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Derbas (In Wonderland) I just received an ARC from Penguin last week for The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle and in the summary on the back it says that it is a YA Debut, but I don't see it on this list.

Just curious. Thanks. :)


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com Stephanie wrote: "I just received an ARC from Penguin last week for The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle and in the summary on the back it says that it is a YA Debut, but I don't see it on this list.

Just curio..."


Hi Stephanie. The Accident Season is a debut! This Goodreads list is not, by any means, an exhaustive list of all qualifying debuts. I try to list as many as I can, but I always miss some. Feel free to add it and any other 2015 debuts not already listed to the list!


message 25: by M.E. (new)

M.E. Hembroff Is it possible to add my debut middle grade novel Bess's Magical Garden to your list. Goodreads link is http://www.goodreads.com/mehembroff
I wasn't sure if I had to join group first or something. I just discovered these lists today.
Amazon link is http://www.amazon.com/author/mehembroff
My book was published in 2015


Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl.com M.E. wrote: "Is it possible to add my debut middle grade novel Bess's Magical Garden to your list. Goodreads link is http://www.goodreads.com/mehembroff
I wasn't sure if I had to join group first or something. ..."


I added it to the list for you. I would like you to know, however, that this reading challenge ended at the beginning of the year when the 2016 challenge started. This list is not as popular as it used to be, but I believe some people still refer to it. :)


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