Cylin Busby

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Cylin Busby
Cylin Busby.jpg
Busby in 2010
Born (1970-05-01) May 1, 1970 (age 46)
Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Writer, editor
Nationality American
Period 1990s-present
Genre Young Adult fiction, memoir, supernatural fiction, thriller

Cylin Busby (born May 1, 1970) is a middle-grade and young adult children's writer, known for the best-selling memoir, The Year We Disappeared, written with her father John Busby.

Early life[edit]

Born the youngest of three children (she has two older brothers, Eric Busby and Shawn Busby), Cylin grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 1979, her police officer father, John Busby, was seriously injured in a shooting.[1] During the resulting investigation, the family was relocated and lived in hiding for five years.[2][3] Cylin and John co-wrote a memoir about the experience which went on to become a best seller, placing at #3 on the nonfiction lists for The Wall Street Journal[4][5] and Publishers Weekly.[6][7] The book also earned #1 best seller placement on Amazon's nonfiction list. Their memoir was featured in 2009 on the CBS television program 48 Hours in an episode titled Live to Tell: The Year We Disappeared[8] and was optioned for a motion picture in 2014.

Education and career[edit]

Cylin graduated from Hampshire College (B.A., 1993). Her publishing career began at Random House. She would later work at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster as a children’s book editor. In 2000, she relocated to Los Angeles where she began working as the Senior Editor of Teen Magazine.


Cylin lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film executive/producer Damon Ross, and their young son. Her latest book is the middle grade historical novel, The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs.

Awards and recognition[edit]

For The Year We Disappeared

  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008[9][10]
  • An IndieBound Next Pick
  • Cybils Award, Nonfiction, 2008[11]
  • Georgia Peach Book Award For Teen Readers Nominee
  • IRA/CC Young Adults’ Choice
  • Texas Taysha Reading List (2010)
  • Iowa High School Book Award (2011)

For Blink Once

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Scholastic Catalog Selection
  • Nominated and Finalist: Isinglass Book Award, 2014
  • Nominated and Finalist: Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2014
  • Published in: US, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Germany.

For The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs

  • Starred review, Booklist
  • Starred review, School Library Journal
  • Amazon "Best Book of the Month" February 2016

For The Stranger Game

  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Rights sold in: US, United Kingdom, Turkey, Spain, France



  • The Chicken Fried Rat (1999)
  • Blink Once (2012)
  • The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs (2016)


  • Getting Dumped…and Getting Over It (2001)
  • Pajama Party Undercover (2003)
  • Dream Journey (2003)


  • The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir, John and Cylin Busby (2008).[12][13][14][15]


  • Date Him or Dump Him? (2007)
  1. The Campfire Crush
  2. The Dance Dilemma
  3. Ski Trip Trouble


  • First Kiss, Then Tell (2008)[16]

Audio book[edit]

  • The Year We Disappeared, John and Cylin Busby, (2012)

Film and television[edit]

  • 48 Hours "Live to Tell: The Year We Disappeared" (airdate: 2/14/09)


  1. ^ Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Pearsall, Samantha (10 April 2009). "The Never-ending Reine Saga". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Gately, Paul (11 September 2008). "Bourne seen as safe site for Falmouth crime victim". Bourne Courier. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Associated, The (2014-03-13). "WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS - Washington Times". Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers - Las Vegas Sun News". 2014-06-15. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  7. ^ Retrieved June 15, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  8. ^ "Live To Tell: The Year We Disappeared". CBS News. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  9. ^ "Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008". 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  10. ^ "Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008". 2008-11-03. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  11. ^ "Cybils: The 2008 Cybils Winners". 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  12. ^ Hassett, Bob (13 February 2015). "Great YA biographies your kids (and face it: you) will like to read". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Szmit, Kathleen (31 July 2008). "The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir". The Barnstable Patriot. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Hawk, Fran (22 June 2009). "Book chronicles a family's ordeal (book review)". The Post and Courier. 
  15. ^ Curry, Maureen (17 June 2012). "Books to lift you up". The Morning Star. 
  16. ^ Green, Judy (9 March 2008). "A peek at some private memories (book review)". Sacramento Bee. McClatchy. 

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