Summer 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List via IndieBound.org (May ’20)
2019 Edgar Award Nominees via Mystery Writers of America (Jan ’18)
Retribution Rails Cover Reveal and Excerpt Exclusive via Entertainment Weekly (Jan ’17)
“The Bookshelf” Vengeance Road interview via New Hampshire Public Radio (Oct ’15)
“21 of the Best New YA Books in September” via Paste Magazine (Sep ’15)
“Q&A with Erin Bowman” via Publishers Weekly (Aug ’15)
Vengeance Road Book Trailer Reveal via Hypable (Jun ’15)
“A Novel Approach” via The Chicago Sun Times (Jun ’13)
Taken interview via New England Literary Radio Show (Jun ’13)
“Young Authors Give Back Tour: The [Give] Backstory” via Publishing Trendsetter (Apr ’13)
» A 2014 Bank Street selection for “Best Children’s Books of the Year”
» A 2013 Goodreads Choice Award nominee for “Debut Author”
For Vengeance Road
» A YALSA “2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults” title
For Retribution Rails
» A 2018 Bank Street selection for “Best Children’s Books” of the Year
» A 2017 “Southwest Best Book of the Year”
» A 2019 Edgar Award Nominee for “Best Young Adult Novel”
For The Girl and the Witch’s Garden
» A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
» A Summer 2020 Kids’ Indies Next List Pick
» A YALSA “2022 Best Fiction for Young Adults” title
» A New York Public Library “2021 Best Teen Books” title
» A 2022 Bank Street selection for “Best Children’s Books of the Year”
An action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end. I devoured this in one sitting and might have gnawed a nail or two off from all the excitement. More, please!
A suspenseful trek. Readers will eagerly await the next installment.
An action-packed, emotionally charged, plot-twisting adventure. This dystopian has plenty of potential for gripping sequels.
A dramatic work that is reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s The Giver and will appeal to fans of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.
This engrossing debut novel moves at breakneck speed with puzzles to keep readers guessing and an ending that will leave them wanting more.
This follow-up to Taken…retains plenty of the action and suspense that readers appreciate. Late developments hold great promise for more excitement and drama in the third episode.
The strengths of this series are in the dystopian world and survival aspects. Frozen will attract most readers of science fiction—especially those looking for a male lead.
A surfeit of enemies and a constant sense of danger heighten the suspense; it’s an almost grueling read.
A satisfying culmination to this dystopian-thriller trilogy, and sure to please series fans.
An unflinchingly bloody tale of the Wild West…Thoroughly engrossing.
A vivid portrait of a lawless world…The book demands the same stoicism from its readers as the heroine herself possesses.
Refreshingly believable. Readers will be entranced by Bowman’s swiftly paced, romantic revenge drama.
Fast-paced [and] entertaining.
Thrilling, racing, action-packed…Vengeance Road will have you looking at the West in a whole new light.
A story of grit, love, and deadly revenge that climbs off the page and into your heart–saddle up for a thrilling, harrowing ride!
Vengeance Road is a page-turning, unputdownable story of revenge. Bowman paints a thrilling, vivid picture of 1877 Arizona, and Kate is a heroine to be reckoned with.
I devoured this thrilling, fast-paced battle, from its setting in the American West to its cast of vivid characters. I can’t wait for Erin Bowman’s next work!
To read Retribution Rails is to breathe in snow-dusted plains, to feel a train car rocking beneath your feet, to seek a revenge more precious than gold. Erin Bowman has woven a world as convincing as it is gripping. I flew through these pages with abandon, and I’m certain many readers will find themselves doing the same.
Everything I want in a wild west adventure—gunfights, robberies, train jobs, blackmail, stagecoach chases, outlaws, Nellie Bly references—and so much more. Helmed by two vivacious narrators you can’t help but root for, Erin Bowman stages a truly transportive adventure tale with a deft hand. Twisting, thrilling, and a wild ride from start to finish.Prepare to be hooked.
Rugged and ruthless, Retribution Rails brings readers into the expanding—and lawless—Wild West.
First in a duology, this horror-tinged sci-fi thriller unfolds from multiple viewpoints via a kaleidoscopic narrative, developing characters while escalating pace and ratcheting up tension. Bowman’s plot is intricate and action-packed, her worldbuilding impressive yet economical, and the book climaxes in a gripping cliffhanger that sets up the sequel.
[A] twisting, turning, edge-of-your-seat blend of science fiction, thriller, and horror. The pace, action, and tension are explosive from page one.
Bowman creates an adventure story featuring a plucky heroine who shoulders heavy emotional burdens while facing an ethical dilemma…The book’s strength is its grounding in reality, both in its modern-day setting and in its limitation of magic as a problem-solver.
The writing is smooth, and Piper’s dialogue with the children and her mother purposefully advances the plot. [T]ension … electrifies the story.
A big, spooky house, a likable bunch of capable kids, and a refreshing (if bittersweet) acceptance of the fact that there are some things not even magic can fix.
Piper Peavey is a protagonist all her own in a spellbinding story that has a touch of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and a dab of Circus Mirandus.
Magical and mysterious, a captivating read from start to beautiful end.
This book has strong Secret Garden vibes with a magical twist and a plot that races. Erin Bowman has penned a must read for middle graders!
A creepy house, a daring rescue, a magic portal, a secret garden—this book has everything that the best books of my childhood had.
Erin Bowman has woven a wonderful tale full to the brim with characters you’ll want to follow far beyond the last page.
I loved getting lost in this story and can’t wait to share it with fans of other kids’ classics old and modern, from The Secret Garden to Harriet the Spy to Three Times Lucky and Nevermoor.
Bowman sets high expectations and meets them in this standalone worthy of all YA shelves. An impeccably crafted dystopian.
Intense, gritty, and propulsive… Will keep readers turning the pages.
Bowman skillfully portrays the privation and grief that Delta bears, alongside her determination to overcome each obstacle. Absorbing world-building propels this fast-paced adventure, which has crossover appeal and series potential.
[A] harrowing journey across the dust… A burgeoning romance with an old friend and a dramatic reveal towards the end give way to a satisfying ending, sure to please readers.
Richly drawn, with harrowing escapes from dust storms across parched land and a general sense of blistering doom…Readers will be left to ponder the sometimes warring forces of hope and truth—right after they find a cool drink of water.
[A] captivating post-apocalyptic YA thriller.
With its unforgettable blend of science fiction, dystopia, and Old West, Dustborn is one of those stories that stays branded to your heart long after you turn the final page. Prepare to be transported.
Erin Bowman is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for children and teens, including the Taken Trilogy, Vengeance Road, Retribution Rails, the Edgar Award-nominated Contagion duology, The Girl and the Witch’s Garden, and Dustborn. A web designer turned author, Erin has always been invested in telling stories—both visually and with words. Erin lives in New Hampshire with her husband and children.