Alexandra Bracken

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Alexandra Bracken
Born (1987-02-27) February 27, 1987 (age 27)
Phoenix, Arizona
Occupation Author
Genre Young-adult fantasy

Alexandra Bracken (born February 27, 1987)[1] is a New York Times bestselling American author. Her debut novel, Brightly Woven, was published by EgmontUSA in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Alexandra Bracken was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and currently lives in New York City, New York, where she works in the publishing industry. She graduated from Chaparral High School in 2005 and attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating with a degree in History and English in May 2009.[2]


Bracken wrote her first unpublished novel over her freshman year of college, and began Brightly Woven as a birthday present for her friend during her sophomore year, when she was nineteen years-old.[3] In their review of the book, Publishers Weekly dubbed Bracken "a debut author to watch."[4] Her debut placed third in the 2010 GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author.[5]


Brightly Woven[edit]

When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.[6]

The Darkest Minds series[edit]

  1. The Darkest Minds (December 18, 2012)[7]
  2. Never Fade (October 15, 2013)
  3. In The Afterlight (October 28, 2014)

This is a near-future thriller Young Adult series. It features Ruby, a 16-year-old girl with special abilities that she has only just begun to understand. She breaks out of the “rehabilitation camp” in which she has been imprisoned and teams up with a rag-tag group of fellow camp escapees to find the Slip Kid, a leader who offers shelter to young people in danger and who possesses the secret to controlling one’s powers. The title of the first novel and the series was changed from Black is the Color to The Darkest Minds in November 2011.[8]

The first book in the series was set for 2012 publication by Disney Hyperion.[9] Film rights have been optioned by Twentieth Century Fox with Shawn Levy to produce under his 21 Laps banner with Billy Rosenberg and Missy Foster overseeing development.[10]


  1. ^ "Alexandra Bracken". Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ " Profile". Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "How I Wrote Two and a Half Novels in College and Survived". Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Publishers Weekly Children's Book Reviews". Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Goodreads Announces the Winners of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards". Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Alexandra Bracken from EgmontUSA". Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Publishers Marketplace Dealmaker: Disney-Hyperion". Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "New title! New title! New title!". Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "RT Buzz Before the Books". Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Abrams, Rachel (April 20, 2011). "Fox options 'Black is the Color'". Retrieved April 20, 2011. 

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