Brian Geffen

@Brian_Geffen

Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

New York

Penguin Group USA

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

12/ #MSWL: Agents, authors, librarians, teachers, and booksellers: I look forward to meeting more of you in 2019! Here’s to making more book magic this year.

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

11/ #MSWL: Finally, I promise I’m not ALL about darker books, as much as I love them. Send me some books with humor too! I’m looking for sarcastic and witty rather than goofy and silly. I promise I’m not uptight, but potty humor just isn’t my thing!

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

10/ #MSWL: No matter the genre, morally-complex characters and antiheroines/antiheroes always intrigue me!

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

9/ #MSWL: Middle-grade and YA graphic novels about identity, particularly coming-of-age stories that explore relationships and friendships with emotional depth. Books like This One Summer, Real Friends, and American Born Chinese.

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

8/ #MSWL: High-stakes MG and YA contemp that feature breakers of tradition and characters who forge their own paths, as well as novels about identity and overcoming adversity. Wonderful books like I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Dear Martin, and The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

7/ #MSWL: Deep contemporary YA! The gritty and dark variety as well as quirky and poignant novels. Books that deal with challenging subjects, mental health, and other important questions and ideas that affect teens, but ultimately offer hope. I.e. Jandy Nelson & Nina Lacour.

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

6/ #MSWL: I'm ALWAYS on the hunt for affecting, beautifully-written middle grade contemporary in the vein of Kate DiCamillo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Katherine Applegate. Stories that feel like coming of age experiences (I refuse to let YA monopolize this term!).

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

5/ #MSWL: Fast-paced, high-stakes YA fantasy, specifically with unique magic systems and fresh worldbuilding. I'm particularly attracted to lyrical prose, and recent YA favorites include Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars and Laini Taylor's Muse of Nightmares.

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

4/ #MSWL: I would love to find more MG fantasy that combines commercial, high concept plotting with gorgeous prose. Books packed with action, adventure, heart, & friendship that tow the line between literary and commercial. Wildly original worldbuilding, always!

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · Jan 4

3/ 2019 #MSWL Agents: 1st and always, I want to curate a list of authors (and books) that accurately reflects the world around me--one that is filled with diverse creators and content--and support them in our shared goal of creating more mirrors (and portals) for kids and teens.

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · 6 Apr 2018

#MSWL Agents: I'd love to see more YA contemporary submissions in my inbox! It would be especially cool to see submissions that comp well to recent favorites, I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER and DEAR MARTIN.

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · 7 Feb 2018

Agents: Forever and always, I'd love to edit a YA or MG with an MC who is a rapper. A man can dream! #MSWL

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · 15 Nov 2017

I absolutely loved THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET. Exactly the type of MG realistic fiction I'm looking for. Agents, if you have MG that comps well to this book, please send it my way. #MSWL

Brian Geffen @Brian_Geffen · 29 Sep 2017

#MSWL So great to see the rise in #ownvoices YA realistic fic inspired by energized movements like BLM--I'd love to see more for MGers, too!