Elle Cosimano

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Elle Cosimano grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs, the daughter of a maximum security prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rode a Harley. She spent summers working on a fishing boat in the Chesapeake Bay, baiting hooks, scrubbing decks, and lugging buckets of chum. A failed student of the hard sciences, she discovered her true calling in social and behavioral studies while majoring in psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Fifteen years later, Elle set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. She lives with her husband and two sons in Northern Virginia and Mexico.

Elle’s debut, Nearly Gone, was a 2015 Edgar Award finalist and winner of the International Thriller Award. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, and Sisters In Crime. She was selected for the 2012 Nevada SCBWI Agented & Published Authors’ Mentorship Program, where she worked under the guidance of Ellen Hopkins. She attended the Writers’ Police Academy at Guilford Technical Community College, Department of Public Safety, to conduct hands-on research for her books.


Elle is available for speaking engagements, interviews, school visits, and book events.


Professional Reviews


“An impressive debut… Cosimano weaves together math riddles, science-based clues, an edgy romance, and psychological terror to create an unpredictable page-turner.” Publisher’s Weekly


“Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller… A tour de force that is unputdownable.”School Library Journal, starred review


“This is an addictive and multilayered debut; Cosimano has established herself as a thriller writer to watch.” Horn Book Review


“Cosimano delivers another shocking, dark, and brilliant tale that will make readers want to lock their doors.” VOYA Magazine


“It’s not often that a newcomer slides into a genre like a seasoned pro, but author Elle Cosimano has done just that…” Suspense Magazine


“Forced to choose between doing what is right and what is easy, John “Smoke” Conlan’s final choice will have readers racing to reach the thrilling conclusion of Elle Cosimano’s new young adult novel, Holding Smoke.” Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English


“Compelling . . . Cosimano, a warden’s daughter, brings authenticity to the depiction of prison life . . . Smoke is a complicated, sympathetic character, and his redemption feels earned.” ―Booklist


“Part ghost story, part redemption story, part mystery, and very engaging.”―School Library Connection


“[A] fantastic yet real portrait of a survivor seeking answers . . . Intertwined spectral and real worlds deliver double the thrills.”―Kirkus Reviews


Awards & Recognition

2015 Edgar Award Finalist (Nearly Gone)

2015 International Thriller Award Winner: Best Young Adult Novel (Nearly Gone)

2015 Winner of the Mathical Book Award: grade 9-12 category (Nearly Gone)

2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalist: Best Young Adult (Nearly Gone)

Bank Street College of Education’s Best of Children’s Books List – 2015 (Nearly Gone)

Starred Review, School Library Journal (Nearly Gone)

ALAN/NCTE March 2015 Monthly Pick (Holding Smoke)


State Reading Lists

2015-2016 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee (Nearly Gone)

2015-2016 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee (Nearly Gone)

2015 Kansas State Reading Circle, Starred Designation (Nearly Gone)

2016-2107 Florida Teens Read Nominee (Nearly Gone)

2016-2017 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominee (Nearly Gone)

2016-2017 South Dakota Teen Choice (Nearly Gone)




Elle Cosimano
Agent: Sarah Davies, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
Publicist (Penguin Young Readers Group): Lindsay Boggs – lboggs@penguinrandomhouse.com
Publicist (Disney Hyperion): Amy Goppert – Amy.D.Goppert@disney.com
Frequently Asked Questions may be found here.



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