When I was five the only thing I wanted to be more than a unicorn was a writer. Some pretty famous works were written by people under the age of 20: here’s a round-up of some of the reads you can get from the library by teen authors.
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
The Halo trilogy, published when Adornetto was seventeen, wasn’t even her first book. That was The Shadow Thief, written and published in Australia when she was fourteen.
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Her first book, published when she was fourteen, kicked off her “Den of Shadows” series about vampires, ghosts, witches, and more. She’s been publishing ever since, and has over 15 books with more to come!
Truancy by Isamu Fukui
A dystopian series of novels about a totalitarian education system, Fukui started having them published when he was fifteen and in high school himself.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
One of the books you might encounter in school, Hinton started The Outsiders when she was fifteen and published three years later. Considered a classic, it has been turned into a film and even briefly into a TV show.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Paolini started this book when he was fifteen, and ended up publishing and promoting it himself before it got picked up by an official publisher. The story of a boy and his dragon led to three more books and a movie.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Another classic taught in classrooms, Shelley famously started this when she was eighteen on a dare. Frankenstein's monster is Shelley's most well-known creation.
Just Jake by Jake Marcionette
One of the youngest writers on this list, Marcionette debuted this book at age thirteen. A sequel is forthcoming this year.
Check out some of these teen authors, and maybe get inspired to write a masterpiece of your own!