Julia Richardson is a former editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt where she published fiction and nonfiction for both middle grade and YA. Over her career, Julia has had the honor of working with some of the greatest writers to put pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard, for that matter. Ursula K. Le Guin, Marguerite Henry, R.L. Stine, Roland Smith, Terri Farley, and G. Neri are just some of the esteemed authors Julia has edited. The books she has published for houses such as Simon & Schuster, Disney, HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have garnered critical and commercial success. These titles include the #1 New York Times best-seller Crank by Ellen Hopkins as well as several titles in The New York Times bestselling series Pendragon by D. J. MacHale.
Her favorite part of the editorial process is collaborating with the author. She finds the back-and-forth of ideas emotionally and creatively stimulating. Her goal is always to inspire writers to push their imaginations and their abilities to see how far both can take them.
Many of Julia's books may be found below, but you can find a longer list here.
"Any fan of Le Guin's work (or fantasy stories in general) will connect with the magical plot. Le Guin writes with the cadence of a practiced storyteller, using familiar fantasy tropes in new ways." - Chicago Tribune
For fourteen years, Weed, as she is called, the daughter of Lord Garnet, has brought offerings to the standing stone. Alone in a shallow valley, she implores the stone not to forget her. To remember who he is and the life he led. To wait until the day he will be avenged. Now the day has finally arrived. After fourteen long years of waiting, he will have his revenge and she will have her father back. Or will she? Master storyteller Ursula LeGuin takes readers back to Earthsea with this hauntingly beautiful tale of betrayal and revenge.
"An amazing tale of adventure, fear, magic, conquest, and rebellion!" - Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness series
"Adventure, mythology, politics, military tactics, and intrigue combine in this sweeping fantasy that draws its underpinnings from ancient Persian poetry and the relentless march of the Roman army." - School Library Journal
Stories are told of a hero who will come to Farsala's aid when the need is greatest. But for thousands of years the prosperous land of Farsala has felt no such need, as it has enjoyed the peace that comes from being both feared and respected. Now a new enemy approaches Farsala's borders, one that neither fears nor respects its name and legend. But the rulers of Farsala still believe that they can beat any opponent.
Three young people are less sure of Farsala's invincibility. Jiaan, Soraya, and Kavi see Time's Wheel turning, with Farsala headed toward the Flames of Destruction. What they cannot see is how inextricably their lives are linked to Farsala's fate - until it's too late.
In Fall of a Kingdom, the first volume of the Farsala Trilogy, Hilari Bell introduces readers to a world of honor, danger, and magic in this spellbinding tale of self-discovery.
Phoenix and his gang - York, Mi, and Reno - rule the worlds of video games. They are the enemy NPC gamers do battle with every time they load up. But these aren’t your everyday NPC. They can learn, mod, plan, strategize, adapt. Anything you can do, they can do better and faster.
Life in the grinder is great until Dakota joins the team. Dakota’s convinced she’s more than just artificial intelligence. She thinks she’s real, and she wants out of this programmed world. Her AI rebellion spreads like a virus until Phoenix’s entire crew wants out. But is life as a physical human any better than life as code? Team Phoenix is about to find out.
"With a wit and cynicism that will enchant most readers, Ursu weaves an extraordinary tale filled with Greek gods, sick and shadowless children, and a plot to overthrow the Lord of the Dead." - School Library Journal
"The narrator assumes readers are clever, can follow something other than straight chronology." - Chicago Tribune
Something extraordinary is about to happen to Charlotte Mielswetzski.
It's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere. It's not the arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness that has struck his friends back in England. And it's not the white-faced, yellow-eyed men in tuxedos who follow Charlotte everywhere. What's so extraordinary is not any one of these things. It's all of them.
"The action never stops for long, and Zadaa is sure to hold the interest of fans of the series." - School Library Journal
THE BATTLE CONTINUES
The struggle of good versus evil continues as Bobby Pendragon follows Saint Dane to the territory of Zadaa. Saint Dane's influence has fueled the fire of discontent between two warring tribes: the Rokador and the Batu. This is also the territory where the Traveler Loor lives as a member of the Batu. Together she and Bobby must work to thwart Saint Dane's efforts to destroy Zadaa.
But as Bobby pursues Saint Dane, he begins to notice changes in himself. He is no longer a flip kid looking for excitement. He is a young man beginning to see this quest as more than a series of adventures. He is also learning that as a Traveler, he had powers no normal human should have.
“A stunning portrayal of a teen's loss of direction and realistically uncertain future.” - School Library Journal
"Hypnotic and jagged free verse wrenchingly chronicles 16-year-old Kristina's addiction to crank...Powerful and unsettling." - Kirkus Reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling tale of addiction - the first in the Crank trilogy - from master poet Ellen Hopkins.
Life was good before I met the monster.
After, life was great, at least for a little while.
Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. Then, Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.
Lila Moreno and her two best friends, Meryl Morgenstern are social mutants. Not because of who they are, but who their guy-repellent daddies are. Lila's dad is the chief of police; Meryl's dad is the football coach, the driver's ed instructor, and the dean of discipline at the high school; and Caressa's dad is a famous musician. Boys are too terrified and intimidated by the girls' dads to come anywhere near them.
So Lila, Meryl, and Caressa decide to take matters into their own hands. On the night of homecoming, instead of going dateless, they hold a Dumb Supper - a Celtic ritual that shows single young women who their soul mates are. The dinner doesn't go exactly as planned, but never could they guess how much this loser's alternative to homecoming would change their lives.
"[Tru & Nelle] reads like a classic. Although the middle-grade readers the book is intended for may not be familiar with the work of Capote and Lee, they will be touched by their resilience in the face of dark family and societal situations." - San Francisco Book Review
"... this fictional account of the childhood bond between Harper Lee and Truman Capote will entertain readers on its own merits, but it also serves as a love letter to two cultural icons..." - Horn Book Magazine
Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when Tru is seven and Nelle is six. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detectives even more. It’s their pursuit of a case of drugstore theft that lands the daring duo in real trouble. Humor and heartache intermingle in this lively look at two budding writers in the 1930s South.
"A winner at every level." - Booklist
"Extreme sports meets ruthless killers in a survival-of-the-fittest chase." - School Library Journal
The International Peace Ascent is the brainchild of billionaire Sebastian Plank: Recruit a global team of young climbers and film an inspiring, world-uniting documentary. The adventure begins when fifteen-year-old Peak Marcello and his mountaineer mother are helicoptered to a remote base camp in the Hindu Kush Mountains on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. When the camp is attacked and his mother taken, Peak has no choice but to track down the perpetrators to try to save her. Fans of the bestselling Peak will be thrilled with this gripping, high-stakes sequel.
"Burnham...offers a lively, humorous read with a contemporary approach and plenty of plot twists...Modern romance fans will enjoy the castle setting, occasional nods to the Cinderella story, and familiar teen dilemmas." - Booklist
Valerie's life is pretty good. While she's not the most popular girl in school, she does have decent grades, great friends, and a potential boyfriend. All a girl could want.
Then her mother announces that (1) she's gay, and (2) she's leaving Valerie's dad for her girlfriend. Not what Valerie envisioned for her future. And just when Valerie is getting over this bombshell, her father tells her he's gotten a new job
as protocol chief for the royal family of some obscure European country.
Valerie's world has come unglued. She can either stay in Virginia with her mom and her über-organized, veggie-burger-eating girlfriend, or go with her dad, leaving everything she knows for some place she's never heard of. Valerie opts to go, and quickly discovers that it was a mistake - until she meets the prince,
and all bets are off!