6 Diverse Teen Authors

So many wonderful books are written by diverse and neurodiverse authors. Let’s get to know six amazing writers!

Edward Underhill: Transgender

Edward is a queer, trans man who grew up in Wisconsin. Underhill is a young adult author and composer who writes music for cartoons. He wrote ghost stories for the campus magazine while studying at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to writing novels, he wrote music for Kid Cosmic on Netflix. He “is passionate about representation both on the screen and on the page.”

  • Title:  Always the Almost
  • Genre:  Transgender Romantic Comedy
  • Publisher:  Wednesday Books
  • Release Date:  February 14, 2023
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 7-12
  • ISBN:  9781250835208

  • Title:  This Day Changes Everything
  • Genre:  Transgender Romantic Comedy
  • Publisher:  Wednesday Books
  • Release Date:  February 13, 2024
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 7-12
  • ISBN:  9781250835222

Jackie Khalilieh: Palestinian- Canadian, Autism

Palestinian-Canadian Jackie lives just outside of Toronto, Canada. Her main female characters tend to reflect her heritage and autism.

  • Title:  Something More
  • Genre Romantic Comedy
  • Publisher:  Tundra Books
  • Release Date:  June 6, 2023
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 7-12
  • ISBN:  9781774882139

Alechia Dow: Black, Queer, & Body Image

Alechia was a pastry chef and librarian before becoming an author of Science Fiction. She has a passion for representing African Americans and characters whose bodies are not perfect in the sense of how society presents them. She embraces the perfect imperfections of her characters.

  • Title:  The Sound of Stars
  • Genre:  Science Fiction
  • Publisher:  Inkyard Press
  • Release Date:  February 25, 2020
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 8-12
  • ISBN:  9781335406699

  • Title:  The Kindred
  • Genre:  Science Fiction
  • Publisher:  Inkyard Press
  • Release Date:  January 4, 2022
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 8-12
  • ISBN:   978-1335418616

  • Title:  A Song of Salvation
  • Genre:  Science Fiction
  • Publisher:  Inkyard Press
  • Release Date:  July 11, 2023
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 8-12
  • ISBN:   9781335453723

Mark Oshiro: Latinx, Queer

Mark is a Latinx Queer author who uses the pronouns they/them. They co-authored a book with Rick Riordan They live in Atlanta, Georgia and according to his About Me page, he loves to pet every dog he meets.

  • Title:  Each of Us a Desert
  • Genre:  Magical Realism
  • Publisher:  Tor Teen
  • Release Date:  November 9, 2021
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 7-12
  • ISBN:  9781250169228

  • Title:  Into the Light
  • Genre:  Thriller
  • Publisher:  Tor Teen
  • Release Date:  March 28, 2023
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 7-12
  • ISBN:  9781250812254

Malinda Lo: Chinese, Queer

Award winning and New York Times bestselling author Malinda Lo has written seven novels. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her wife and dog.

  • Title:  Last Night at the Telegraph Club
  • Genre:  Historical, Asian American
  • Publisher:  Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date:  December 28, 2021
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 9-12
  • ISBN:  9780525555278

  • Title:  A Scatter of Light
  • Genre:  Asian Teen Fiction
  • Publisher:  Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • Release Date:  October 4, 2022
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 8-12
  • ISBN:  9780525555285

Kelly Andrew: Deaf

Kelly Andrew lives just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Her debut novel The Whispering Dark features a female, deaf lead.

  • Title:  The Whispering Dark
  • Genre:  Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
  • Publisher:  Scholastic Press
  • Release Date:  October 18, 2022
  • Reading Level:  Gr. 9-12
  • ISBN:  9781338809473

-Jennifir Huston

References

About me. Jackie Khalilieh. (n.d.-a). https://www.jackiekhalilieh.com/about-me 

About. Kelly Andrew. (n.d.). https://www.authorkellyandrew.com/about 

About. Malinda Lo. (n.d.). https://www.malindalo.com/about 

About. Mark Oshiro. (n.d.). https://www.markoshiro.com/about/ 

About. Mysite. (n.d.). https://www.alechiadow.com/about-7 Edward Underhill. EDWARD UNDERHILL. (n.d.). https://www.edward-underhill.com/