Ultimate YA

Ultimate YA is an organization that promotes young adult literature (YA lit) and reading. We feature one YA lit author per month. Each feature includes a short bio of the author, as well as fun facts and an interview. 


In addition to our features, we post quotes and memes of the week that relate to books, writing, and/or reading. We also post anything else that we find interesting regarding reading and writing.


Are you interested in being a guest blogger? If so email ChinLin at chinlinpan@ultimateya.com.


If you are an author and would like to be featured, send an email to lizmiller@ultimateya.com. Then pay here for the feature.
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Sarah Daltry:

1. I have been a vegetarian for the majority of my life.

2. I secretly wish I was a painter.

3. I am actually a deeply spiritual person, which no one ever believes or guesses.

4. I was a Girl Scout until I graduated from high school.

5. I do math in my head when I get anxious or upset to calm down.

6. My cats are my best friends.

7. I wish people were generally nicer.

Peter Clark:

1. When I was little, I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up.

2. I can still do a decent jumping back round kick.

3. I prefer animals to people.

4. I used to be a ranked racquetball player as a junior.

5. I like to say offensive and strange things in different languages.

6. I’m not as Scottish as I wish I was.

7. I am secretly a dragon.

Hey everyone,

The May contest has been extended to the end of May. The winner will be posted in June!

Do you have a favorite character with whom you want to hang out? If so, now’s your chance! We’re looking for submissions of you hanging out with your favorite character. Take a ‘selfie’ and submit it with:

  • With whom you are hanging out
  • Where you two will hang out (Are you going to the Great Barrier Reef with Percy Jackson? Or perhaps to another world with Lyra?)

  • When you two will hang out (Tomorrow? Yesterday? In Ancient Rome?)

  • What you will wear

  • What you will do

We look forward to hearing from you! The winner will be published in June’s issue of Ultimate YA. Runner-ups will be given honorable mentions, and the opportunity to be published in future issues.

Email your submissions to lizmiller@ultimateya.com with the subject line “Hang Out.”

For an example, check out Hangin’ Out with Tris!

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Sarah Daltry

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial, friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in theEden’s Fall series, and the Flowering series, including Forget Me Not, Lily of the Valley, and Star of Bethlehem.

Peter Clark

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Pete Clark likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders is his first published novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he has been working on for over a decade. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape, a collection of linked Western short stories. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic.

When he is not writing, Pete tends to ignore everyone around him and obsess over sports.

Social Media Links:

Sarah’s Website: http://sarahdaltry.com

Pete’s Website: http://punchmyselfintheface.wordpress.com

Sarah’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SarahDaltryAuthor

Pete’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PeteClarkAuthor

Sarah’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/SarahDaltry

Pete’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeteClarkBooks

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Hey everyone!

Do you have a favorite character with whom you want to hang out? If so, now’s your chance! We’re looking for submissions of you hanging out with your favorite character. Take a ‘selfie’ and submit it with:With whom you are hanging out

  • Where you two will hang out (Are you going to the Great Barrier Reef with Percy Jackson? Or perhaps to another world with Lyra?)

  • When you two will hang out (Tomorrow? Yesterday? In Ancient Rome?)

  • What you will wear

  • What you will do

We look forward to hearing from you! The winner will be published in May’s issue of Ultimate YA. Runner-ups will be given honorable mentions, and the opportunity to be published in future issues.

Email your submissions to lizmiller@ultimateya.com with the subject line “Hang Out.”

For an example, check out Hangin’ Out with Tris!

Hey everyone!

The second issue of Ultimate YA just came out! Stay tuned for teaser posts on this website, and please subscribe!

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For our next issue (out on April 4), we’re conducting a poll for authors to reveal the best place they sit and write their novels.

Authors, we need your responses! Email chinlinpan@ultimateya.com to submit your responses by Thursday March 27. Explain why and your quote may be featured in the issue!

by Kathryn Hueber

You probably know Ella Enchanted from the 2004 film starring Anne Hathaway. While I am a big Anne Hathaway fan, the film version is so loosely based on Gail Carson Levine’s original novel that I find the two barely comparable. In my mind, they have yet to adapt Levine’s Ella Enchanted into a movie.

Books are almost always better than their respective film adaptations, and this may be the ultimate example of that. So if you have not read Ella Enchanted by Levine yet, do it as soon as you possibly can!

Ella Enchanted is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella with a backstory and several twists. When Ella was born, the fairy Lucinda bestowed on her the gift of obedience, which turned out to be a curse. Ella is forced to obey any command given to her.

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By Brittney Tabel

Like most books commonly assigned in a high school english class, the response to J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is often mixed. Some people love the book with an intense fervor. They view Holden Caulfield as the definitive narrator who perfectly encapsulates the angst, confusion and alienation of being a young adult. Meanwhile, others hate the book. Common complaints often include finding Holden annoying and feeling that the book doesn’t go anywhere.Some people out there find the amount of cursing off-putting. The answer to whether or not Catcher in the Rye is a “good book” is not found somewhere in between the praise and the criticisms. Instead, the answer lies within the age of the reader.

The Plot

Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old student, gets expelled from his prep school for not doing well academically. Instead of going straight home after his expulsion, he roams around New York, where he encounters a variety of interesting characters; including people he knew before and people he just met.

The story focuses on how he spends his days after leaving Pencey Prep and his observations and reflections on the people around him. Told in what has become known as a “cynical adolescent” narration, Catcher in the Rye is ultimately a story of a teenager who is trying to get by in a world from which he feels disconnected.

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Hey everyone!

Do you have a favorite character with whom you want to hang out? If so, now’s your chance! We’re looking for submissions of you hanging out with your favorite character. Take a ‘selfie’ and submit it with:

  • With whom you are hanging out
  • Where you two will hang out (Are you going to the Great Barrier Reef with Percy Jackson? Or perhaps to another world with Lyra?)
  • When you two will hang out (Tomorrow? Yesterday? In Ancient Rome?)
  • What you will wear
  • What you will do
We look forward to hearing from you! The winner will be published in April’s issue of Ultimate YA. Runner-ups will be given honorable mentions, and the opportunity to be published in future issues.

Email your submissions to lizmiller@ultimateya.com with the subject line “Hang Out.”