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 best-selling 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.
"A story of betrayal and revenge set in the world of Earthsea, in which Weed, the daughter of Lord Garnet, waits for the day she will have her father back." - The Guardian
"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
"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
"In his smart debut, Skinner embraces SF genre conventions but keeps things entertaining with well-crafted dialogue and action sequences."
"Readers looking for smart, original sci-fi and gamers who wish they could live in a virtual world will happily immerse themselves in this story and hope for possible sequels."
"Snarky wit and authorial asides...keep the adventure lively. A fun and funny tale of youthful heroism." - Kirkus Reviews
"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
"The action never stops for long, and Zadaa is sure to hold the interest of fans of the series." - School Library Journal
“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
"It is a funny, enjoyable book." - Voya
"A laugh-out-loud novel for readers who enjoy Meg Cabot, Louise Rennison, and Cathy Hopkins." - KLIATT
"An engaging portrait of two children's world before they became famous."
- Kirkus Reviews
"[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
"A winner at every level." - Booklist
"Extreme sports meets ruthless killers in a survival-of-the-fittest chase."
—School Library Journal
"Smith will set readers to wondering just how they would measure up to demanding challenges, both physical and emotional." - Children's Literature
"Burnham, an adult romance writer, targets a younger audience with this... entertaining romance." - Library Journal
"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