Bradford Literary Agency

Children’s & YA Authors

Below is a list of Bradford Literary Agency's published clients writing children's and young adult fiction.

Note: due to pseudonyms, author photos may apply to more than one name:

Ann Aguirre
Ann Aguirre
New York Times Bestseller, Rita Award Winner

Website: www.annaguirre.com

Published with: Ace, Roc, HQN and Feiwel & Friends

Enclave “Aguirre’s young adult debut is a gripping survival story set in an apocalyptic future. . . This is a tense, action-packed dystopia with intriguingly gray characters. . . ” —Booklist

Shady Lady “Aguirre has a gift for creating strong characters who keep her readers coming back for more.” —Publishers Weekly

Ann also writes as Ava Gray & Ellen Connor.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Mike Allegra
Mike Allegra

Website: mikeallegra.com/

Published with: Albert Whitman, Imprint

Mike Allegra is the author of the picture books Sarah Gives Thanks (Albert Whitman & Company, 2012) and Everybody’s Favorite Book (Imprint, Macmillan, 2018). His story “Harold’s Hat” was the winner of the 2014 Highlights for Children Fiction Contest. He has received Gold and Silver honors from the Counsel for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

"Readers will look forward to more from this talented author, who has penned a perfectly paced, rousing biography." - Kirkus starred review

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Rachele Alpine
Rachele Alpine

Website: www.rachelealpine.com

Published with: Medallion Press, Aladdin M!x, Simon Pulse

Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

"A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating and privilege. CANARY is a testament to the power of hard-won truths." -Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE

"The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, CANARY is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions." -Jennifer Brown, author of THE HATE LIST

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Kristin Bailey
Kristin Bailey

Published with: Simon Pulse, Katherine Tegen Books

Legacy of the Clockwork Key "A swashbuckling and clever heroine, a murderer intent on making her his next victim, fantastical beasts and devices, and a budding love affair that defies Victorian conventions only add tension, interest, and excitement to this first title in the Secret Order series."-- Booklist

She also writes adult fiction under the name Jess Granger.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Lindsey Becker
Lindsey Becker

Website: literarylilycate.blogspot.com/

Published with: Little, Brown

Lindsey Becker lives in Wisconsin with her husband and child and writes middle grade fiction with ghosts and monsters and mythical beasts and daring little girls who love adventure and magic. She loves books, movies and all forms of art and craft, and blogs. Her untitled debut MG will release from Little, Brown in April of 2017.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Jenn Bennett
Jenn Bennett
RITA award winner

Website: www.jennbennett.net

Published with: Pocket Books, Berkley, Feiwel & Friends

Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (KINDLING THE MOON), the Roaring Twenties romance series (BITTER SPIRITS), and the young adult contemporary romances THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART (aka NIGHT OWLS in the U.K.) and ALEX, APPROXIMATELY. Her books have earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, won the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award, received two Reviewers' Choice awards and a Seal of Excellence from RT Book Reviews, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Monica Clark-Robinson
Monica Clark-Robinson

Website: monicaclarkrobinson.com/

Published with: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Monica Clark-Robinson writes picture books and contemporary middle grade fiction. Her debut picture book, LET THE CHILDREN MARCH, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. She is also a professional actor, voice-over artist, and speech-writer, and lives in a yurt in the country with one husband, too many cats, and just the right amount of daughters.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Jessica Corra
Jessica Corra

Website: jessicacorra.wordpress.com/

Published with: Zest Books, Drollerie Press

Jessica Corra believes in wonder, chocolate, love, and words. She is a contributor to the Dear Teen Me anthology (Zest Books) and Straying From the Path (Drollerie Press). She lives outside Philadelphia where she enjoys cooking, baking, and developing recipes for (and eating!) a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle and occasionally swing dancing.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Liz Czukas
Liz Czukas

Website: www.lizczukas.com

Published with: Harper Teen, Ballantine

Liz Czukas is a freelance writer for About.com (on the important, but very sad topic of Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss), and also writes books for young adults (which are rarely sad and full of kissing). Before that, she was a nurse and she still kind of misses starting IVs. She lives outside Milwaukee, WI with her husband, son and the world’s loudest cat. She types too loud (according to her husband), spends too much time on the Internet, and can’t get enough of disaster movies. There is *always* a song stuck in her head, and she once won a hula-hoop contest.

Liz also writes New Adult under the name Ellie Cahill.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Merrie Destefano
Merrie Destefano

Website: www.merriedestefano.com/

Published with: Harper Voyager, Entangled Teen

In a previous life, Merrie Destefano was the editor of Victorian Homes magazine, founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine, and contributing editor of Romantic Homes magazine, and as such, she wrote for a combined circulation of approximately 250,000. Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing.

"A concise, bold crime tale that, even in its darkest moments, shines with brilliance." -Kirkus

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Jennifer Echols
Jennifer Echols

Website: www.jennifer-echols.com

Published with: Simon Pulse, MTV Books and Pocket

RITA-Nominated: Going Too Far “Echols is a tremendously talented writer with a real gift for developing relationships between her characters.”—Romantic Times Book Reviews

"A brave and powerful story, searingly romantic and daring, yet also full of hilarious moments. Meg's voice will stay in your head long after the intense conclusion." —R. A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Sabrina Elkins
Sabrina Elkins

Website: www.sabrinaelkins.com

Published with: Harlequin Teen

Stir Me Up: “Fun, steamy, and leaves you hungry for more. Sabrina Elkins nails the vulnerability of becoming an adult and the choices that come with growing up.” –Katie McGarry, author of DARE YOU TO

Stir Me Up: “This book is one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. Not only does it feature a hot romance, it’s also very meaningful and well, you just have to read it and see.”– #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Stephanie Faris
Stephanie Faris

Website: stephaniefaris.com/

Published with: Aladdin

Stephanie Faris is the author of more than 300,000 articles and blogs published online. Stephanie lives in Nashville with her husband, where she works in information systems.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Em Garner
Em Garner

Website: www.emgarner.com

Published with: Egmont

Em Garner’s debut YA, Contaminated, is a sinister and gritty dystopian novel with echoes of horror in which a girl struggles to keep her family together and survive following a devastating contamination outbreak which has forced the government to declare martial law and round up its victims for neutralization — including her mother.

"This has plenty of suspense—it’s not a book to read at bedtime." --Booklist

"This suspenseful series opener is rooted firmly in the real world: ours...Echoing the reality millions of young adults worldwide face daily, this dystopia speaks to a wide range of readers, including reluctant ones."--Kirkus

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Website: www.greenfield-thong.com

Published with: Chronicle, Scholastic, Abrams, Holt, Viking, Albert Whitman

Roseanne Thong is the author of over a dozen children's picture books, including Green is a Chili Pepper (Chronicle 2014), Noodle Magic (Scholastic 2014) and 'Twas Noche Beuna (Viking 2014). She has also published eight educational textbooks, teacher’s guides, and thirteen works of adult short fiction.

Among many others, her picture book awards include The Society of School Librarians International’s 2010 Honor Book (Fly Free), California Readers Collection 2010 (Wish), Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best 2008 (Wish), Smithsonian Magazine’s Best of 2008 (Wish), Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Education 2005 (The Wishing Tree).

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Kitty Griffin
Kitty Griffin

Website: www.kittygriffin.com

Published with: Atheneum and Clarion Books

Born in Germany and adopted by Americans, most of Kitty's day is spent working on new children's stories, either writing them or doing research. She also teaches when she can. She lives with her husband Jerry Lagorio and two dogs and two cats.

"Riveting." - School Library Journal

"Rootin'-tootin' boot-scootin' fun, beginning to end." - Publisher's Weekly

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Corrine Jackson
Corrine Jackson

Website: www.corrinejackson.com

Published with: Simon Pulse and K Teen

Touched "The first Sense Thieves novel does not disappoint. Filled with anticipation and drama, paranormal fans will love Touched. The characters are so realistic; you can’t help but imagine yourself as one of them. Thrilling and chilling!" --RT Book Reviews

If I Lie "The storytelling is gripping. Much more than a unique spin on being the high school outcast, this is also a thought provoking glimpse into a community built around service to our country and the many faces of honor." --Voya

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Tiffany Jackson
Tiffany Jackson

Website: writeinbk.com/

Published with: Harper Collins

Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. Throughout her career, she has worked for various television and media companies, including National Geographic and Roc Nation. In 2009, she wrote and directed the short horror film, The Field Trip, receiving praise in the film festival circuit. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in Crown Heights with her adorable chihuahua, Oscar, working on her next novel. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY was published January 2017 by KT Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.

"Suspenseful without being emotionally manipulative, compelling without resorting to shock value, this is a tightly spun debut that wrestles with many intense ideas and ends with a knife twist that will send readers racing back to the beginning again." -Booklist, starred review

"Well conceived and executed, this is an absorbing and exceptional first novel." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Searing and true." -Kirkus, starred review

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Susan Katz
Susan Katz

Website: www.susankatzbooks.com/

Published with: Scholastic, Random House, Barefoot Books

Susan Katz is an award-winning, bilingual author/illustrator with four published titles, including ALL YEAR ROUND (Scholastic, 2016), ABC SCHOOL'S FOR ME (Scholastic, 2015) and ABC Baby Me (Random House, 2010).

“Katz’s rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, and she tackles the tough letters with aplomb.”– Kirkus Reviews

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Clara Kensie
Clara Kensie
Rita Award Winner

Website: www.clarakensie.com

Published with: Harlequin Teen

Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she’s swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn’t changed one bit.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Tracey Neithercott
Tracey Neithercott

Website: thewordsonpaper.blogspot.com/

Published with: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Tracey Neithercott grew up in Massachusetts, indulged her wanderlust, then boomeranged home because there’s no place like New England in autumn. She spends her days as a magazine editor, but her nights are reserved for making stuff up. There is usually murder involved. Her YA magical realism novel, GRAY WOLF ISLAND, is coming Fall 2017 from Knopf/Random House. Find her on Twitter (@T_Neithercott) and Instagram (@traceyneithercott).

Represented by Sarah LaPolla.

Soraya Nicholas
Soraya Nicholas

Published with: Penguin Australia

As a horse crazy girl, Soraya dreamed of owning her own pony and riding every day. For years, pony books like The Saddle Club had to suffice, until the day she finally convinced her parents to buy her a horse. There were plenty of adventures over the years, and lots of stories scribbled in notebooks, which eventually became inspiration for Soraya's very own pony series. Soraya lives with her husband and children on a small farm in her native New Zealand, surrounded by four-legged friends and still vividly recalling what it felt like to be 10 years old and head over heels in love with horses.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Cory Putman Oakes
Cory Putman Oakes

Website: www.corypoakes.com

Published with: Octane Press, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Cory Putman Oakes was born in Switzerland and grew up in California. She graduated from UCLA and Cornell Law School. Since then, she's been an associate at a big law firm, taught at Texas State University, and has written several books. Cory lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, children, two dogs, and two very fat cats. She loves to write, cook, and run and dreams of one day figuring out how to do all three of these at once. She is the author of the YA paranormal romance, THE VEIL and the middle grade novels, DINOSAUR BOY & DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS. Her latest YA novel, WITCHTOWN, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July 2017.

Praise for DINOSAUR BOY

"An entertaining barrel ride past sheaves of middle-grade themes from bullying to racial identity." – Kirkus

"Oakes emphasizes the effects of bullying and peer pressure. There are also plenty of fun science and sci-fi ideas woven throughout. The trim size and plot-driven pacing make this an ideal recommendation for reluctant readers...A fun and funny read with layers of deeper issues" – School Library Journal

"A fun mix of school drama, science fiction, and humor..." – Booklist

Represented by Sarah LaPolla.

Sarah Raughley
Sarah Raughley

Website: sarahraughley.wordpress.com

Published with: Angry Robot, Simon Pulse

Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to science fiction/fantasy lit to Japanese Role Playing Games…but if she has to, she will swear up and down that she was inspired by Jane Austin at book signings. She imagines it sounds better than Chrono Trigger.

On top of being a YA writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because she communicates via literary narratives, and also the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed medical school off the list).

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Lisa Rose
Lisa Rose

Website: https://lisarosewrites.wordpress.com/

Published with: Kar-Ben, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"Charming, funny, and visually clever, this book will have wide appeal for Jewish and non-Jewish readers." - School Library Journal

Lisa Rose is the author of SHUMLIK PAINTS THE TOWN, a PJ Library title. She is also the author of OH NO! THE EASTER BUNNY IS ALLERGIC TO EGGS! (MeeGenius/HMH). She is a member of SCBWI, holds a Master’s Degree in Reading and Early Childhood Education, and taught first grade for many years.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Andria Rosenbaum
Andria Rosenbaum

Website: www.andriawarmflashrosenbaum.com/

Published with: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, Scholastic, Lerner Publishing, Lee & Low, Sterling

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum realized she wanted to write picture books when she was eleven. Since then her poetry and short stories have been sold and published in magazines like Babybug, Cricket, Highlights and Ladybug. Andria earned her master’s degree in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. When she’s not writing, she takes her pet therapy dog, Ruby to visit with handicapped children. She also enjoys photographing nature, baking and having dance parties with her grandchildren.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth

Website: jonmroth.com/

Published with: Aladdin

Author-illustrator Jonathan Roth is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, a published cartoonist (The Funny Times, Comic Relief, various weeklies), a public school art teacher (more than 600 creative students a week!), and a member of SCBWI. His debut, a new graphic chapter book series BEEP AND BOB’S HORRIBLE ADVENTURES IN SPACE, will release from Aladdin in 2017.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Erica Sage
Erica Sage

Website: www.ericasagebooks.com/

Published with: Sky Pony Press

Erica Sage is currently an English teacher in Washington, where she lives with her husband and two sons. When not reading and writing,she hikes around Mount Rainier and travels whenever and wherever, whether it’s packing up and heading to a new country or just climbing into the car for a road trip.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

J.A. Souders
J.A. Souders

Website: www.jasouders.com

Published with: Tor Teen

"Grim, vicious, riveting. RENEGADE is a haunting, unforgettable debut." —bestselling author Ann Aguirre

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Stephanie Scott
Stephanie Scott

Website: www.stephaniescott.net

Published with: Bloomsbury Spark

Stephanie Scott writes for teens and those young in spirit. She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter, YARWA. She enjoys dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving her broke. One current life goal is to cosplay Hoth Leia from The Empire Strikes Back. She lives in Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband.

Her debut novel, ALTERATIONS, was also awarded 1st place in the 2014 RWA Heart of Denver’s Molly Award and was a finalist in the 2014 RWA Georgia’s Maggie Award. You can find Stephanie chatting about TV and all things books on Twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA.

Represented by Sarah LaPolla.

Lydia Sharp
Lydia Sharp

Website: www.lydiasharp.blogspot.com/

Published with: Scholastic

Lydia Sharp worked a number of different jobs, everything from retail management to veterinary medicine, before turning her passion for stories into a career. She is now an editor for Entangled Publishing and writes young adult novels with lots of kissing and adventures. When not completely immersed in a book, Lydia binges on Netflix, pines for Fall, and hosts mad tea parties in Wonderland.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Rachel Solomon
Rachel Solomon

Website: www.rachelsolomonbooks.com

Published with: Simon Pulse

Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, tap dancing, red lipstick, and new wave music. A former public radio producer, she currently works in education. Her debut contemporary YA novel, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, will be out from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse in spring 2018, with a second book, A Year of Bad Ideas, to follow in 2019. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @rlynn_solomon.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Mary Elizabeth Summer
Mary Elizabeth Summer

Website: www.mesummer.com

Published with: Delacorte

Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about unruly teenagers with criminal leanings. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is "you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce." She lives in Portland Oregon with her partner, their daughter, and their evil overlor—er, cat. TRUST ME, I'M LYING is her debut novel.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Kaitlin Ward
Kaitlin Ward

Website: www.yahighway.com/

Published with: Adaptive Books, Scholastic

Kaitlin Ward lives in a small New Hampshire town with her husband and son. She studied animal science at Cornell University before becoming a freelance writer. Kaitlin co-founded the well-known blog YA Highway, where she currently runs the popular Road Trip Wednesday feature. Her debut YA horror novel, BLEEDING EARTH, was published by Adaptive Books in 2016, and her upcoming YA thriller, GIRL IN A BAD PLACE, will be published by Scholastic in 2017.

Praise for BLEEDING EARTH
“Ward's apocalyptic novel will have readers checking the ground beneath their feet after each turn of the page... readers looking for the next LGBT heroine will love Lea's strong-willed attitude… Grisly and sickening (but in the best way possible), the novel more than delivers on its promise of the macabre for lovers of horror – Kirkus (Starred review)

"Dark, gory, and impossible to put down. A worthy addition to the horror genre!" – Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and the Don't Get Mad series

"Morbid, gruesome, and viscerally scary--this story made my skin crawl." – Amy Lukavics, author of Daughters unto Devils

Represented by Sarah LaPolla.

Natalie Zaman
Natalie Zaman

Website: nataliezaman.blogspot.com

Published with: Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martins), Flux, Llewellyn

Sirenz co-authored with Natalie Zaman

"...indulgence for young chick-lit devotees." —Kirkus Reviews

"...funny and entertaining.... Bennardo and Zaman are bringing the gods into the twenty-first century." —Booklist

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.

Elizabeth Zechel
Elizabeth Zechel

Website: www.elizabethzechel.com/

Published with: Lark Books, Sky Pony Press

Elizabeth Zechel is an illustrator and author of the children’s book IS THERE A MOUSE IN THE BABY'S ROOM (Lark Books, A Division of Sterling Publishing Co. 2008). Her illustrations appear in books such as WORDBIRDS by Liesl Schillinger (Simon & Schuster, 2013), THE LITTLE GENERAL and THE GIANT SNOWFLAKE by Matthea Harvey (Tin House Books, 2009) and cookbooks such as Bubby’s Homemade Pies by Jen Bervin and Ron Silver (Wiley & Sons, 2007) as well as a variety of magazine and literary journals.

She lives and teaches kindergarten in Brooklyn.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil.