This is the Author with Markus Zusak, Matt de la Pena, and Nic Stone
This is the Author | Markus Zusak, Matt de la Peña, and Nic Stone

In this episode meet bestselling kids and young adult authors Markus Zusak, Matt de la Peña, and Nic Stone. You’ll hear how their own pasts each inspired them to write their latest stories, whether it’s from an idea that came to one author twenty years ago, to the book one author wishes she had as a guidepost when she was in high school – and of course, why it’s so important for kids to be able to see and hear themselves in books. Plus, from Jim Dale to one’s own brother, hear who their dream narrators might be.

Learn more about the authors’ audiobooks:

Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Read By: Markus Zusak

As five brothers, the Dunbar boys, love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.


“Zusak creates a sensitively rendered tale of loss, grief, and guilt’s manifestations.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Listen to an excerpt BRIDGE OF CLAY

Carmela Full of Wishes

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true–she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. When they arrive at the Laundromat, Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. What will she wish for?

Listen to an excerpt CARMELA FULL OF WISHES

Odd One Out

One story. Three sides. No easy answer. This story about three teens is an exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.


“A novel vital to young adults’ lives that examines the intersections of sexuality, gender, and race—issues and blurred boundaries that teens grapple with in a society that favors neat and tidy boxes.” –Booklist, starred

Listen to an excerpt ODD ONE OUT

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