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Maureen Johnson


Maureen Johnson was recently crowned the 2012 Queen of Teen in the UK — but, as it turns out, she is American. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during a massive snowstorm. After a little dalliance with astronomy (she had a glow in the dark star chart) and archaeology (she had a little shovel), Maureen declared her intention to become a writer at the age of eight or nine or so.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). She writes frequently on the subject of Young Adult literature for many publications, and is well-known for her online presence on Twitter. Maureen lives in New York, and online on Twitter. She’s not giving that crown back.

Books by Maureen Johnson

Awards won by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson was named Queen of Teen in 2012.

5 Fun Facts About Maureen Johnson

  • She decided to become a writer aged 8!
  • She was born during a snowstorm in Philadelphia
  • Although she’s American she loves the UK where her Shades of London series is set
  • Maureen beat off tough competition from the likes of Joanna Nadin and Cathy Hopkins to be crowned Teen of Queen in 2012
  • World Book Day title The Boy in the Smoke is the prequel to The Shades of London