• MFAC Book Publications Grid

    Student & Alumni Book Publications in
    Children's and Young Adults Literature


    Our students and alumni do more than hone their craft
    they get their work published. Many of the projects that students work on while they are enrolled in the Creative Writing Programs become successful books. These works catch the attention of publishers and critics alike, earning awards and gaining literary recognition. 

    Visit Muse News to see news of CWP journal/magazine publication news, awards, and accomplishments. 

    Below is an extensive, impressive listing of books published by our students after, and sometimes during, their time in the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program.

    Sarah Ahiers MFAC '16

    Thief's Cunning
    HarperTeen, 2017

    Assassin's Heart
    HarperTeen, 2016

    Megan Atwood, MFAC '09

    The Devils You Know

    Soho Teen, 2017

    Ice Cream Summer—an Orchard Novel

    Aladdin, 2017

    Dear Molly, Dear Olive (4 book series)

    Capstone Publishing, 2016

    The Contest (5 book series)

    Darby Creek, 2016

    Unicorns
    Core Library, 2014

    Dario Quincy Academy of Dance (4 book series)

    Darby Creek Press, 2013

    The Paranormalists (4 book series)

    Darby Creek Press, 2012

    Count the Critters (6 book series)

    Magic Wagon, 2012

    Last Desserts (Night Falls series, #9)
    Darby Creek Press, 2011

    Connor and Clara Build a Concrete Poem (poetry builders)
    Norwood House Press, 2011

    J.J. Austrian, MFAC '14

    Worm Loves Worm
    Balzer & Bray, 2016

    Cheryl Bardoe, MFAC '10

    The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011

    Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age 
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010

    Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006

    Daniel Bernstrom, MFAC '13

    One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
    Katherine Tegen Books, 2016  

    Molly Burnham, MFAC '10

    Teddy Mars:Almost an Outlaw, Book #3, 2017 
    Teddy Mars: Almost a Winner, Book #2, 2016
    Teddy Mars: 
    Almost a World Record Breaker, Book #1, 2015 

    Miriam Busch, MFAC '14

    Raisin, the Littlest Cow
    Balzer & Bray, 2017

    Lion, Lion 
    Bray/HarperCollins, 2014

    Melinda R. Cordell, MFAC '12

    Courageous Women of the Civil War
    Chicago Review Press, 2016

    Judy Dodge Cummings, MFAC '12

    Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind
    Nomad Press, 2016

    The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
    Nomad Press, 2015

    Self-Injury: The Ultimate Teen Guide
    Rowan & Littlefield, 2015  


    Mandy Davis, MFAC '11

    Superstar
    HarperCollins, 2017  

    Loretta Ellsworth, MFAC '09

    Stars Over Clear Lake
    St. Martin's Press, 2017

    Unforgettable
    Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011

    In a Heartbeat
    Walker & Company/Macmillan, 2010

    In Search of Mockingbird
    Henry Holt, 2007

    The Shrouding Woman
    Henry Holt, 2002  

    Elizabeth Fixmer, MFAC '09

    Down From the Mountain
    AW Teen, 2015 

    Saint Training 
    ZonderKidz, 2010

    Rebecca Grabill, MFAC

    Halloween Goodnight
    Atheneum, 2017

    Molly Beth Griffin, MFAC '09

    Rhoda's Rock Hunt 
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014

    Silhouette of a Sparrow
    Milkweed, 2012

    Loon Baby
    Houghton Mifflin, 2011

    Christine Heppermann, MFAC '10

    Backyard Witch #3, Maya's Story
    Greenwillow Books, 2017

    Backyard Witch #2, Jess's Story
    Greenwillow Books, 2016

    Ask Me How I Got Here
    Greenwillow Books, 2016

    Backyard Witch #1, Sadie's Story
    Greenwillow Books, 2015

    Poisoned Apples (YA poetry collection)
    Greenwillow Books, 2014

    City Chickens
    Houghton Mifflin, 2012

    Barbara Herkert, MFAC '09

    Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter
    Henry Holt and Co., 2015

    Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
    Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015

    Melanie Heuiser Hill, MFAC '13

    Giant Pumpkin Suite
    Candlewick Press, 2017 

    Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, MFAC '12

    The Smell of Other People's Houses
    Wendy Lamb Books, 2016

     

    Justina Ireland, MFAC '17

    Dread Nation
    Balzer+Bray, forthcoming in 2018

    Jamie Kallio, MFAC '11

    The Mayflower Compact—Foundations of Our Nation
    Abdo Publishing Company, 2013

    Read On: Speculative Fiction for Teens
    Libraries Unlimited, 2012

    Bill Kennedy, MFAC '09

    Tramp: A T.K. and Associates Detective Story
    North Star Press, 2014


    Naomi Kinsman, MFAC '11

    Brilliant Hues (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2012

    Waves of Light (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2012

    Flickering Hope (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2011

    Shades of Truth (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2011


    Susan Latta, MFAC '09

    Bold Women of Medicine:
    21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs

    Chicago Review Press, 2017
     

    Ann H. Matzke, MFAC '09

    Can You Guess? 
    Rourke, 2010

    Plus 1, Minus 1
    Rourke, 2010

    Tracy Nelson Maurer, MFAC '09

    Noah Webster's Fighting Words
    Millbrook Press (Lerner), 2017

    John Deere, That's Who!
    Macmillan Publishers, 2017

    Debra McArthur, MFAC '10

    A Voice for Kanzas 
    Kane/Miller, 2012

    Cheryl Minnema, MFAC '15

    Hungry Johnny 
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014

    Gary Metivier, MFAC '14

    Until Daddy Comes Home
    Pelican Publications, 2014


    Diane C. Mullen, MFAC '09

    One Little Lot
    forthcoming 2019

    Tagged 
    Charlesbridge, 2015
     
     

    Jane O'Reilly, MFAC '09

    The Notations of Cooper Cameron
    Carolrhoda Books, 2017 

    The Secret of Goldenrod 
    Carolrhoda Books, 2016

    Peter Pearson, MFAC '12

    How to Eat an Airplane
    Katherine Tegen Books, 2016



    Barbara Roberts, MFAC '17

    Outside Shots
    Little, Brown Books, 2019

    Melissa Savage, MFAC '13

    Lemons
    Crown Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House), 2017

    Greys
    Crown Books for Young Readers, forthcoming Spring 2018

    Anne Tews Schwab, MFAC

    Capsized: A Novel in Poems
    Polaris Publications, 2013

    Caren Stelson, MFAC '09

    SACHIKO: A Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivor's Story
    Carolrhoda/Lerner Publishing Group, 2016

    Jamie A. Swenson, MFAC '09

    Big Rig
    Disney Hyperion, 2014

    If You Were a Dog
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014

    Boom! Boom! Boom! 
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

    Blair Thornburgh, MFAC '17

    Who's That Girl
    HarperTeen, 2017 

    Elizabeth Verdick, MFAC '13

    Small Walt
    Simon & Schuster, forthcoming 2017

    Peep Leap
    Two Lions, 2013


    Tamera Will Wissinger, MFAC '09

    Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse
    Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2017 

    There Was an Old Lady Who Gobbled a Skink
    Sky Pony Press, 2016

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse
    Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013

    This Old Band
    Sky Pony Press, 2014

    Nolan Zavoral, MFAC '09

    Sequences Dark and Light
    Red Bird Chapbooks, 2012

     

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