Fall 2013 New Voices Titles Announced

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The 2013 New Voices Committee spent the tail-end of the summer reading more than 50 titles for kids and teens by first-time authors. Committee members read, voted on, and selected 10 noteworthy and exciting debuts publishing between July 1 and December 31, 2013, in two categories: Ages 8 – 12 and Teen. 

The Fall 2013 New Voices Picks are:

Ages 8 – 12

  • After Iris by Natasha Farrant (Penguin Young Readers Group / Dial Books)
  • The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root by Christopher Pennell (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson (HarperCollins)
  • What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


  • The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney (HarperCollins / HarperTeen)
  • How to Love by Katie Cotugno (HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray)
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski (HarperCollins / Greenwillow)
  • The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna (Penguin Young Readers Group / Philomel Books)

These titles will be featured in a two-page spread in the ABC Best Books for Children Catalog — a great way for independent bookstores to offer fresh choices during the holiday gifting season.  The entire list of Fall Picks is featured with bookseller quotes on IndieBound.org.

The ABC Children’s Group at ABA would like to thank the New Voices Committee for its tireless efforts to promote the best debut authors for kids and teens of 2013: