Elle Cosimano

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Elle Cosimano is the award-winning author of the acclaimed young adult novels Nearly Gone, Nearly Found, Holding SmokeThe Suffering Tree, and When We Wake (coming 2020 from HarperTeen).  

Elle’s debut, Nearly Gone, was a 2015 Edgar Award finalist, winner of the International Thriller Award, and has been nominated for multiple state book awards. Her more recent young adult thriller, Holding Smoke, was an International Thriller Award nominee and a Bram Stoker Award finalist. In addition to her novels, her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post and TIME. Elle lives with her husband and two sons in Northern Virginia, Florida, and Mexico.


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 (Nearly Gone)


“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 (Nearly Gone)


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


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


“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 (Nearly Gone)


“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 (Holding Smoke)


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


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


“Deliciously unpredictable. . . this is a compelling exploration of how roots twisted in cruelty affect a family tree for generations to come.”―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (The Suffering Tree)


“Riveting… A dark mixture of mystery, history, romance, and fantasy.” —Kirkus Reviews (The Suffering Tree)


“Cosimano whips up an enticing witch’s brew . . . An eerie, often pulse-pounding tale.”  —Booklist (The Suffering Tree)


“Cosimano’s story is rich in historical detail and eerie atmosphere.” —Publishers Weekly (The Suffering Tree)


“Will keep readers riveted. . . Recommended for YA suspense collections.” —School Library Journal (The Suffering Tree)


“The Suffering Tree is a haunting thriller . . . an intriguing narrative fueled by strong character development, vividly descriptive writing, and good pacing.” —VOYA Magazine (The Suffering Tree)


“The Suffering Tree does not disappoint . . . deftly twining historical narrative with Tori’s journey of self-discovery, creating a stark atmosphere ripe with distrust and unease.” —NPR Book Reviews



Awards & Recognition

2015 Edgar® Award Nominee (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 2016 Monthly Pick (Holding Smoke)

2017 Bram Stoker Award® Nominee (Holding Smoke)

2017 International Thriller Award Nominee: Best Young Adult Novel (Holding Smoke)



State Book Awards & 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)

2017-2018 George Peach Book Award Nominee (Holding Smoke)



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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