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:

Mike Allegra
Mike Allegra

Website: mikeallegra.com/

Published with: Albert Whitman, Imprint, Dawn Publishing

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, Scholastic

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.

Saadia Faruqi
Saadia Faruqi

Website: www.saadiafaruqi.com

Published with: Capstone

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan” is her debut adult fiction book, and her children’s early reader series “Yasmin” will be published by Capstone in August 2018. She trains various audiences including faith groups and law enforcement on topics pertaining to Islam, and has been featured by Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and children.

Represented by Kari Sutherland
Yasmin the Teacher

Jacqueline Firkins
Jacqueline Firkins

Website: www.jacquelinefirkins.com

Published with: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jacqueline Firkins is a playwright, screenwriter, and comics artist who’s been creating worlds and characters as a set and costume designer for the past twenty years. She’s on the fulltime faculty at the University of British Columbia where she also takes any writing class they’ll let her into. When not obsessing about where to put buttons or commas, she can be found running by the ocean, listening to earnest love songs, and pretending her dog understands every word she says. Her debut title will be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2019.

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.

Katie Henry
Katie Henry

Website: katiehenrywrites.com

Published with: KT Books and HarperCollins

Katie Henry is a writer living and working in New York City. She received her BFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a published playwright, specializing in theater for young audiences. Her plays have been performed by high schools and community organizations in over thirty states. Her debut YA novel, HERETICS ANONYMOUS (HarperCollins/KT Books, 2018), received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, with praise from School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, BCCB, Horn Book, and Entertainment Weekly.

“Henry’s funny, heartwarming tale of unlikely rebels soars: an auspicious debut.” – Kirkus (Starred Review)

“First-time author Katie Henry has crafted a thoughtful, refreshing story that expects more from its characters, and in turn, its reader, convincingly making an argument for tolerance and empathy.”
– Entertainment Weekly

Represented by Sarah LaPolla

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 the author of the critically acclaimed, NAACP Image Award-nominated ALLEGEDLY and forthcoming MONDAY'S NOT COMING (May 22nd, 2018 HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). A TV professional by day, novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable Chihuahua, Oscar, most likely multitasking.

"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.

Terry Catasús Jennings
Terry Catasús Jennings

Website: www.terrycjennings.com

Published with: Arbordale, Holiday House/Neal Porter Books

Terry Catasús Jennings is an award-winning author of children's non-fiction and fact-based fiction. She writes for various educational outlets, including the Smithsonian's Science and Technology for Children series. She came here with her family after fleeing Cuba during the Revolution. Today, Terry resides in Reston, Virginia with her family.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil

Sara Johnson
Sara Johnson

Website: www.sarajohnsonauthor.com

Published with: Poisoned Pen Press

Sara Johnson spent a year exploring New Zealand, which inspired her first novel. She is currently an educator in Durham, NC and program chair of Triangle Sisters in Crime.

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/Un Año Redondo (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: www.traceyneithercott.com

Published with: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers and Random House

Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now she spends her days as a magazine editor and her nights writing stories about friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding lightsabers. 

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: Sourcebooks and 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 contemporary fantasy novels, THE VEIL (Octane Books, 2011), WITCHTOWN (Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2017), and the MG sci-fi novels, DINOSAUR BOY and DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS (Sourcebooks, 2015 and 2016).

Represented by Sarah LaPolla.

Laura Pohl
Laura Pohl

Website: www.onlybylaura.com

Published with: Sourcebooks Fire

Laura Pohl is a Brazilian YA author. She likes writing messages in caps lock, quoting Hamilton and obsessing about Star Wars. When not taking pictures of her dog, she can be found curled up with a fantasy or science fiction book. She makes her home in São Paulo, where she graduated in Literature.  When not writing, she likes reading science fiction and fantasy, and enjoys deep discussions about conspiracy theories and alien life. Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@laurampohl), Instagram (@onlybylaura), and Pinterest (@onlybylaura).

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.

Andria Rosenbaum
Andria Rosenbaum

Website: www.andriawarmflashrosenbaum.com/

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

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

Young adult and romance author, Stephanie Scott, loves to write characters who put their passions first. Her free time is spent elaborately posing books on Instagram, performing weekly as a back-up dancer (OK, it’s Zumba at the gym), and mentoring writers in online pitch contests. Her young adult debut, ALTERATIONS, about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself, was a 2017 finalist for the Romance Writers of America Best First Book RITA® award. You can find Stephanie chatting about 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 their passion for stories into a career. They are now an editor for Entangled Publishing and write young adult novels with lots of kissing and adventures. Lydia lives in Ohio with their family and an ever-growing collection of owls. When not completely immersed in a book, Lydia binges on Netflix, pines for Fall, and hosts mad tea parties in Wonderland. Follow on Twitter @lydia_sharp and visit lydiasharpbooks.com for updates.

Represented by Laura Bradford.

Gabi Snyder
Gabi Snyder

Website: www.writingtoconnect.wordpress.com

Published with: Abrams

Gabi Snyder writes picture books and middle grade fiction. When she’s not writing, she loves taking nature walks, visiting little libraries, and baking sweet treats with her kids. She lives in Oregon with her family, including one dog, and one dog-like cat.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil

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.

Jonathan St. Amant
Jonathan St. Amant

Website: www.jonsaintamant.com

Published with: Kendall/Hunt

Jonathan St. Amant is an art teacher and graphic novel writer and illustrator who still manages to find time for the occasional nerf gun battle with his sons. While he loves reading about and creating quirky characters, his comic book, manga, and graphic novel collection threatens to take over the family bookshelves. He lives in Southern California with his wife and kids.

Represented by Natalie Lakosil

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.kaitlin-ward.com

Published with: Adaptive Books, Scholastic

Kaitlin Ward grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, and ended up back there, somehow, with her husband and son. She works on an organic egg farm and is the author of WHERE SHE FELL, GIRL IN A BAD PLACE, and BLEEDING EARTH (Kirkus star).

“Ward’s apocalyptic novel will have readers checking the ground beneath their feet after each turn of the page.” – Kirkus (Starred review, BLEEDING EARTH)

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, Dawn Publishing

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.