Children's & Young Adult Books

by Cynthia Leitich Smith



DIABOLICAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2012)(ages 14-up).

A YA gothic fantasy novel.


Tantalize: Kieren's Story

Tantalize: Kieren's Story

TANTALIZE: KIEREN'S STORY by Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrated by Ming Doyle (Candlewick, 2011)(ages 14-up).

A YA graphic novel



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ETERNAL: ZACHARY'S STORY by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Ming Doyle (Candlewick, TBA)(graphic novel adaptation)(ages 14-up).

FERAL NIGHTS by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2013)(ages 14-up).



DiabolicalDIABOLICAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2012)(ages 14-up).

When “slipped” angel Zachary and his werewolf pal, Kieren, are summoned under suspicious circumstances to a mysterious New England boarding school, they quickly find themselves in a hellish lockdown with an intriguing assortment of secretive, hand-picked “students.”

Plagued by demon dogs, hallucinatory wall decor, a sadistic instructor, and a legendary fire-breathing monster, will they somehow manage to escape? Or will the devil have his due?

Best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites heroes from the previous three novels in the TANTALIZE series — including Zachary's girl, Miranda, and Kieren's love, Quincie — along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell.

Read the first 10 pages of DIABOLICAL

Tantalize: Kieren's Story

Tantalize Graphic NovelTANTALIZE: KIEREN'S STORY by Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrated by Ming Doyle (Candlewick, 2011)(ages 14-up).

TANTALIZE as you've never seen it before —from a Wolf's-eye view!

As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon, he'll leave everything behind home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend…who's beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend.

For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires—and his Wolf—at bay. But when the chef at Quincie's family restaurant is brutally murdered, Kieren resolves to be there for her, even if it means being framed and even if it means watching Quincie's beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair.

But when the new chef begins wooing Quincie, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect her—and himself?

In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art by debut artist Ming Doyle and a lush, romantic cover by Sam Weber, best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through Wolfish eyes.


BlessedBLESSED by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2011).

With a wink and a nod to Bram Stoker, bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith unites the casts of TANTALIZE and ETERNAL in a delicious dark fantasy her fans will devour.

Quincie Morris, teen restaurateur and neophyte vampire, is in the fight of her life — or undeath.

Even as she adjusts to her new appetites, she must clear her best friend and true love — the hybrid-werewolf Kieren — of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the seductive vampire-chef who “blessed” her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running.

She hires a more homespun chef and adds the preternaturally beautiful Zachary to her wait staff. But with hundreds of new vampires on the rise and Bradley off assuming the powers of Dracula Prime, Zachary soon reveals his true nature — and his flaming sword — and they hit the road to staunch the bloodshed before it’s too late.

Even if they save the world, will there be time left to salvage Quincie’s soul?

BLESSED is also available from Walker Australia and New Zealand.


EternalETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2009, 2010).

At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die. Elevated and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Miranda goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight. Meanwhile, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as the princess’s personal assistant, has his work cut out for him trying to save his girl’s soul and plan the Master’s fast-approaching Death Day gala.

In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous and darkly hilarious love story for the ages. Ages 14-up.

ETERNAL is also available from Listening Library/Random House, Walker (UK), Walker Australia and New Zealand, and Amber (Poland).


Tantalize coverTANTALIZE (Candlewick, 2007) marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s debut as a an author of dark fantasy. Ages 14-up.

Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her hybrid-werewolf first love threatens to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever...

And just as she and her uncle are about to debut Austin’s red hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef.

Can Quincie transform the new hire into a culinary dark lord before opening night?

TANTALIZE is available from Listening Library/Random House Walker (UK), Walker Australia and New Zealand, and Editions Intervista (France).

Holler Loudly

Holler LoudlyHOLLER LOUDLY by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Barry Gott (Dutton, 2010).

Holler Loudly has a voice as big as the Southwestern sky, and everywhere he goes people tell him to "Hush!" From math class to the movies and even the state fair, Holler's LOUD voice just keeps getting on people's nerves. But Holler can't help himself—being loud is who he is! Will Holler ever find a way to let loose his voice—without getting into trouble?

Santa Knows

SANTA KNOWS thumbnailWho knows if you've been naughty or nice? SANTA KNOWS, that's who. But not everyone believes in Santa Claus.

In this sweet and funny picture book (Dutton, 2006) from husband-wife team Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, with illustrations by Steve Björkman, Santa-skeptic Alfie gets an attitude adjustment, North Pole-style, from Santa and his elves, and Noelle gets exactly what she wanted for Christmas: a nicer big brother. Ho-ho-ho! Check out! Look for SANTA KNOWS at used bookstores or your public library!

Indian Shoes

Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich SmithINDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith (HarperCollins, 2002) is a collection of humorous and touching short stories about Ray Halfmoon and his grandpa in their daily lives in urban Chicago and rural Oklahoma. Illustrated in black and white drawings by Jim Madsen. Ages 7-up. Featured at the 2002 National Book Festival. Named an NCSS Notable (among other honors).

Rain is Not My Indian Name

Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME by Cynthia Leitich Smith (HarperCollins, 2001) (Listening Library, 2001) is the story of Cassidy Rain Berghoff, who reconnects to her family and community after the death of her best friend through the lens of a camera. Ages 10-14.For this book, Cynthia was named a 2001 Writer in Children's Prose from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers (among other honors).

Jingle Dancer

Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith JINGLE DANCER by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000) is the story of Jenna, a contemporary Muscogee (Creek)-Ojibwe (Chippewa) girl who in bringing together her regalia honors the women of her family and her intertribal community. Ages 4-7. Library Talk Editor's Choice for 2000 (among other honors).