Books Authors Read with John Corey Whaley

We continue our “Books Authors Read” series with Printz and Morris award-winning author John Corey Whaley, who wrote Where Things Come Back, one of the best books I read last year (you should read it too. It’s wonderful and excellent and you will thank me for recommending it). JCW himself is also wonderful and excellent, especially for putting together this list for us. Thanks, Corey! — Kristen D. 


1.) WINGER by Andrew Smith

Holy moly this book is awesome.  Rugby, comic book drawings, hilarious characters, and a surprisingly emotional turn.  I couldn’t stop reading it.  In fact, I may go start it back up right now. It’s THAT good. 


A funny, smart book about a kid with a lot of problems–namely an anxiety disorder.  He talks to an imaginary pigeon, who serves as his therapist.  I mean, come on.  It’s gold. 

3.) THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker

This quiet, apocalyptic coming-of-age novel still haunts me months and months after reading it.  A beautiful, lyrical story. 


A beautiful, funny, and intensely moving look at teenage love and sexuality and, well, how ridiculous words like “sexuality” are anyway. The magical realism in this one will give you goosebumps. 

5.) RAPTURE PRACTICE by Aaron Hartzler

This is a young adult memoir about the author’s experience growing up in conservative Christian household in Kansas City.  It’s funny, smart, and heartwarming.  The best part is that that Hartzler never treats his subjects–his own family-with anything but respect and curiosity. 


John Corey Whaley is the Printz and Morris award-winning author of Where Things Come Back

You may follow him on Twitter at @corey_whaley.

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