Courtney Summers

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Courtney Summers
Born1986 (age 32–33)[1]
Belleville, Ontario
OccupationNovelist
NationalityCanadian
Period2009 – present
GenreYoung adult, Fiction
Website
courtneysummers.ca

Courtney Summers (born 1986 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada)[2] is a Canadian writer of young adult fiction. Her most famous known works are Cracked Up to Be, This is Not a Test, All the Rage,[3] and Sadie.

Career[edit]

Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published in December 2008[4] and was the 2009 Cybils Award Winner for YA Fiction.[5] Her sophomore novel, Some Girls Are, was published in January 2010,[6] and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[7] Publishers Weekly,[8] School Library Journal[9] and was a 2010 Goodreads Choice Nominee in the YA Fiction category.[10] Both novels were repackaged as a 2-in-1 edition titled What Goes Around in September 2013.[11]

Her third novel, Fall for Anything, was published in December 2010[12] and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews[13] and Booklist.[14]

This is Not a Test was published June 2012[15] and was set during the zombie apocalypse. Prior to its release, all of Summers' novels were contemporary and realistic. This is Not a Test received a starred review from Publishers Weekly[16] and was optioned for television by Sony.[17] Summers announced that a script was currently in development in April 2015.[18] In January 2015, Summers released an e-novella sequel to This is Not a Test, Please Remain Calm.[19]

Summers' fifth novel, All the Rage, was her hardcover debut and published in April 2015.[20] It was chosen as the sixth official selection of Tumblr's Reblog Book Club[21] and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews,[22] Publishers Weekly[23] and School Library Journal.[24] It was also named a Spring 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection.[25]

On April 14, 2015, to mark the release of All the Rage, Summers launched the hashtag campaign #ToTheGirls,[26] encouraging people to send messages of support and positivity to girls across social media. #ToTheGirls trended worldwide on Twitter.[27] Notable press coverage included The Today Show[28] and it was named one of the most important feminist hashtags of 2015 by Mic News.[29]

Her novel Sadie tells the story of a teenager whose little sister was murdered and her desire for revenge against the man she believes killed her. The book is told from two perspectives: some chapters offering Sadie's point of view and some chapters being styled as transcripts from a podcast. The release of the book was accompanied by the release of a mock true-crime podcast titled The Girls: Find Sadie which is available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher. Courtney's book 'Sadie' recently won the 2019 Edgar Awards for 'Best Young Adult' literature.[30] [31]

Summers has also contributed short stories to the anthologies Defy the Dark and Violent Ends.[32]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Cracked Up to Be, St. Martin's Press (2008) (ISBN 9780312383695)
  • Some Girls Are, St. Martin's Press (2010) (ISBN 9780312573805)
  • Fall for Anything, St. Martin's Press (2011) (ISBN 9780312656737)
  • This is Not a Test, St. Martin's Press (2012) (ISBN 9780312656744)
  • What Goes Around, St. Martin's Press (2013) (ISBN 9781250038449)
  • Please Remain Calm, St. Martin's Press (2015) (ISBN 9781466875906)
  • All the Rage, St. Martin's Press (2015) (ISBN 9781250021915)
  • Sadie, St. Martin's Press (2018) (ISBN 9781250105714)

Short stories[edit]

  • "Sleepstalk", Defy the Dark edited by Saundra Mitchell
  • "The Likability Rule", Violent Ends edited by Shaun Hutchinson (2015)

Essays[edit]

  • "Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World", Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World from Algonquin BFYR, January 2017

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result Ref
2009 Cybils Award Cracked Up to Be Young Adult Fiction Won [5]
2009 OLA Forest of Reading Awards Cracked Up to Be White Pine Award (YA Fiction) Nominated [33]
2010 Some Girls Are White Pine Award (YA Fiction) Nominated (Honor) [33]
2010 Goodreads Choice Award Some Girls Are Young Adult Fiction Nominated [10]
2014 OLA Forest of Reading Awards This is Not a Test White Pine Award (Fiction) Nominated (Honor) [33]
2019 Odyssey Award Sadie Audio Book (Children or Young Adult) Won [34]
2019 Audie Award Sadie Audio Book (Young Adult) Won [35]
2019 Cyblis Award Sadie Young Adult Fiction Won [36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-11. Retrieved 2014-10-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "work – courtney summers". Courtneysummers.ca. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2015-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "The 2009 Cybils Winners - Cybils Awards". Cybils.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers - Kirkus Reviews". Kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Children's Book Review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, Author . St. Martin's Griffin $9.99 (245p) ISBN 978-0-312-57380-5". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Some Girls Are - Bookverdict.com". Bookverdict.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Young Adult Fiction!". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ [4][dead link]
  13. ^ "FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers - Kirkus Reviews". Kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Fall for Anything, by Courtney Summers". Booklistonline.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-25. Retrieved 2015-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Children's Book Review: This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. St. Martin's Griffin, $9.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-312-65674-4". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2015-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "courtney summers". Summerscourtney.tumblr.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  19. ^ [5][dead link]
  20. ^ [6][dead link]
  21. ^ "Reblog Book Club • Happy April! The sixth official selection of..." Reblog Book Club. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  22. ^ "ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers - Kirkus Reviews". Kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-09-11. Retrieved 2015-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ "Library Journal". Slj.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  25. ^ "Selection". Juniorlibraryguild.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  26. ^ "#ToTheGirls". Summerscourtney.tumblr.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  27. ^ updates, courtney summers (14 April 2015). "WE ARE TRENDING WORLDWIDE. THANK YOU. #tothegirlspic.twitter.com/qoP3aIlr2R". Twitter. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  28. ^ "KLG's advice to teens: Let God define who you are". Today.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  29. ^ Noman, Natasha. "The 9 Most Important Feminist Hashtags of 2015 So Far". Mic.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  30. ^ "These 9 Books Just Won A MAJOR Award For The Best Crime Fiction & Nonfiction". Bustle.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  31. ^ America, Mystery Writers of. "Mystery Writers of America Announces 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Awards". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2015-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ a b c Advanced Solutions International, Inc. "Sign In" (PDF). Accessola.org. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  34. ^ admin (1999-11-30). "Welcome to the Odyssey Award home page!". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  35. ^ "2019 Audie Awards® - APA". Audiopub.org. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  36. ^ "2018 Cybils Winners! | Cybils Awards". Cybils.com. Retrieved 2019-04-05.

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