• 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. See a list of book publications by MFA and MALS students and alumni in literature for adults.


    Sarah Ahiers MFAC '16

    Assassin's Heart 
    HarperTeen, 2016

    Megan Atwood, MFAC '09

    The Devils You Know

    Soho Teen, forthcoming 2017

    Ice Cream Summer—an Orchard Novel

    Aladdin, forthcoming 2017

    Dear Molly, Dear Olive (4 book series)

    Capstone Publishing, 2016

    The Contest (5 book series)

    Darby Creek, 2016

    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 (picture book)
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011

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

    Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas (picture book),
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006

    Georgia Beaverson (as Aiden Beaverson), MFAC '12

    The Hidden Arrow of Maether
    Delacorte, 2000

    Jane Bedell (as J.M. Bedell), MFA '06

    Hildur, Queen of the Elves
    Interlink Publishing, 2006

    Finding Courage: History's Young Heroes and Their Amazing Deeds
    Beyond Words Press, 2004

    Eileen Beha, MFA '07

    The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea: The Story of Annaliese Easterling &Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey
    Beach Lane Books, 2014

    Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog (middle grade novel)
    Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2009

    Daniel Bernstrom, MFAC '13
    One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
    Katherine Tegen Books, 2016

    Molly Burnham, MFAC '10
    Teddy Mars series (3 books)
    Katherine Tegen Books

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

    Miriam Busch, MFAC '14
    Raisin, the Littlest Cow (illustrated by Larry Day)
    Balzer & Bray, 2017

    Lion, Lion (picture book)
    Bray/HarperCollins, 2014

    Storms! (early reader)
    National Geographic, 2009

    Sherryl Clark, MFAC '13

    Dying to Tell Me (novel)
    Kane/Miller, 2011

    Bone Song (Cutting Edge series)
    Ransom Publishing, 2009

    ... and more than 50 other books for children and young adults

    Melinda R. Cordell, MFAC '12

    Courageous Women of the Civil War
    Chicago Review Press, 2016

    Judy Dodge Cummings, MFAC '12
    The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
    Nomad Press, 2015

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

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

    Deborah Davis, MFAC '12

    Not Like You
    Clarion, 2007

    You Look Too Young to be a Mom: Teen Mothers Speak Out on Love, Learning, and Success
    Perigree, 2004

    My Brother Has AIDS
    A Jean Karl Book, Atheneum, 1994

    The Secret of the Seal
    Crown Publishers, 1989

    Jill Davis, MFAC '12

    Orangutans Are Ticklish (picture book)
    Schwartz & Wade, 2010

    The First Rule of Little Brothers (picture book)
    Knopf, 2008

    Loretta Ellsworth, MFAC '09

    Stars Over Clear Lake
    Thomas Dunne Books, forthcoming May 2017

    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

    Brian Farrey, MFA '08

    The Vengekeep Prophecies (novel series)
    HarperCollins, 2012

    With or Without You
    Simon Pulse, 2011

    Elizabeth Fixmer, MFAC '09

    Down From the Mountain
    AW Teen, 2015

    Saint Training (middle grade novel)
    ZonderKidz, 2010

    Rebecca Grabill, MFAC
    Halloween Goodnight
    forthcoming from Atheneum, 2017

    Dianne Gray, MALS '96

    Tomorrow, the River
    Houghton Mifflin, 2006

    Together Apart
    Houghton Mifflin, 2003

    Holding Up the Earth
    Houghton Mifflin, 2001

    Molly Beth Griffin, MFAC '09

    Rhoda's Rock Hunt (picture book)
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014

    Silhouette of a Sparrow
    Milkweed, 2012

    Loon Baby (picture book)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2011

    Christine Heppermann, MFAC '10

    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

    Geoff Herbach, MFA '06

    Anything You Want
    Sourcebooks Fire, 2016

    Fatboy vs. the Cheerleaders
    Sourcebooks Fire, 2014

    I'm with Stupid
    Sourcebooks Fire, 2013

    Nothing Special
    Sourcebooks, 2012

    Stupid Fast
    Sourcebooks, 2011

    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

    Ann Iverson, MFA '99

    Queen Freda and the Dangerous Dragon
    Orange Hat Press, 2016

    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

    Akmed Kahlifa, MFA '14

    Lil' Spooney, Silverware That Decides To Grow Hair
    Authorhouse Books, 2015

    The Camel's Shadow Has Four Humps: African Myth, Urban Mystery
    iUniverse, 2012

    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

    Nancy Loewen, MFA 07
    The Last Day of Kindergarten (picture book)
    Marshall Cavendish, 2011

    Four to the Pole! (with Ann Bancroft)
    Linnet, 2001

    ... and nearly 100 other books for children

    Ann H. Matzke, MFAC '09
    Can You Guess? (picture book)
    Rourke, 2010

    Plus 1, Minus 1 (picture book)
    Rourke, 2010

    Tracy Nelson Maurer, MFAC '09

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

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

    Storm Codes (picture book)
    Windward, 2007

    ... and nearly 100 other books for children and young adults

    Debra McArthur, MFAC '10

    A Voice for Kanzas (middle-grade novel)
    Kane/Miller, 2012

    Cheryl Minnema, MFAC '15
    Hungry Johnny (picture book)
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014

    Gary Metivier, MFAC '14

    Until Daddy Comes Home
    Pelican Publications, 2014

    Saluting Grandpa (picture book)
    Pelican Publications, 2012

    Willie's Wagon Series (early reader)
    Wild Horses Publication

    Diane Mullen, MFAC '09

    Tagged (YA novel)
    Charlesbridge, 2015

    Jane O'Reilly, MFAC '09

    The Secret of Goldenrod (middle-grade novel)
    Carolrhoda Books, 2016

    Peter Pearson, MFAC '12

    How to Eat an Airplane
    Katherine Tegen Books, 2016

    Melissa Savage, MFAC '13

    Lemons (middle-grade novel)
    Crown Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House), 2017

    Greys (middle-grade novel)
    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

    Derek E. Sullivan, MFA '11

    Albert Whitman Teen, 2015

    Kelsey Sutton, current MFA
    Diversion Publishing, 2017

    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

    Elizabeth Verdick, MFAC '13

    Peep Leap (picture book)
    Two Lions, 2013

    Tamera Will Wissinger, MFAC '09

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

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

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

    This Old Band
    Sky Pony Press, 2014

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    Mandy Davis Superstar 250

    Superstar, the debut middle grade novel by Mandy Davis (MFAC '11), is new from HarperCollins, with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Publication party June 24 at Addendum Books.

    Sarah Ahiers Thiefs Cunning 250

    Introducing Thief's Cunning, the companion to Assassin's Heart, by CWP alumna Sarah Ahiers (MFAC '16). Publication reading June 23, 2017, 7 pm, in Kay Fredericks Room at Hamline.

    Laurel Snyder Orphan Island 250

    MFAC faculty Laurel Snyder new middle grade novel is out today. Orphan Island is published by Walden Pond Press and receiving great reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus. 

    Deborah Keenan News 250

    Join us in celebrating beloved, no-one-like-her, retiring CWP faculty, Deborah Keenan. June 1, 6-9 pm, upstairs at Sweeney's in St. Paul. All are invited - GLS/CWP instructors, current students, and alumni alike! 

    York Laura Ruby 250

    MFAC faculty Laura Ruby's new series debuts today with York: The Shadow Cipher (Book One), from Walden Pond Press. Named one of Publishers Weekly's 'Best Summer Reads of 2017.'