Utah authors who were on the New York Times' best-seller list in 2013
“The False Prince” (Scholastic Press, $17.99), the first book in her Ascendance Trilogy, targeted at middle-grade readers, was on the “Children’s Middle Grade” list in March and was in the list’s top 15 for at least six weeks.
The second book, "The Runaway King" (Scholastic Press, $17.99), was released in February 2013, and the third book in the trilogy, “The Shadow Throne,” is scheduled to be released in February 2014.
Jessica Day George
“I was on a cruise at the time and didn't get the news for a couple of days, and when I did, my arms went numb!” she wrote on her blog at jessicadaygeorge.com. “I sat there laugh-crying at my husband while he read the email because I was too stunned to talk! It is still so surreal to me.”
The book had a cliffhanger ending that left readers anticipating the “Thursdays” book due out in 2014. The first book, "Tuesdays at the Castle," was released in 2011.
George is also the author of the Dragon Slippers trilogy and a series based on the tale of the 12 dancing princesses.
“Wild Born” (Scholastic, $12.99), first in the multi-platform and multi-author Spirit Animals series, debuted on the “Children’s Middle Grade” list at No. 2 in September. It’s been in the list’s top 10 for 14 weeks.
The second book in the series, “Hunted” by Maggie Stiefvater, is scheduled to be released in January.
Brandon Mull is the author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders and Candy Shop War series.
Richard Paul Evans
Richard Paul Evans' Michael Vey series was No. 2 and No. 4 on the “Children’s Series” list in October following the release of the third book in the young adult series “Battle of the Ampere” (Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink, $17.99).
His book “The Four Doors” (Simon & Schuster, $19.99) was in the top 20 on the "Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous" list for a few weeks in November.
Evans is the author of "The Christmas Box" and the Walk series.
Jean Reagan's picture book “How to Babysit a Grandpa” (Knopf, $16.99) was No. 8 on the “Children’s Picture Books” list in June.
“How to Babysit a Grandma” is scheduled to be released in March, according to her website, jeanreagan.com.
“Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends” (Little, Brown and Company, $14.99), which follows the children of famous fairy tale characters at a boarding school, debuted on the “Children’s Middle Grade” list at No. 7 in October and has been in the top 15 on the list for eight weeks. It's been in good company with Mull's "Wild Born."
Shannon Hale has several other books scheduled to be released in 2014, including a young adult novel, “Dangerous,” this spring and the first in “The Princess in Black” early chapter book series by Hale and her husband, Dean, and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, in the fall.
Hale is also penning the second and third books in the Ever After High series.
Hale is the author of "Princess Academy" and "Austenland," which was made into a movie and released in late summer 2013, as well as the Books of Bayern series.
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