2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists

Meet the 2012 Finalists, read our experts' reviews, and more.

Meet the 2012 Finalists

Alan Averill
Alan Averill, The Beautiful Land
  • Alan Averill has been writing for as long as he can remember. In addition to numerous short stories and plays, he has helped localize and edit over 30 video games. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, his dog Miso, and a whole lot of rain.
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Charles Kelly
Charles Kelly, Grace Humiston and the Vanishing
  • Charles Kelly, formerly a reporter for The Arizona Republic, was co-winner of the Arizona Journalist of the Year Award in 1992. Kelly lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Brian Reeves
Brian Reeves, A Chant of Love and Lamentation
  • Reeves is a creative writing teacher and a member of The Guttery, a professional writing group located in Portland. He lived in Hawaii for several years, where he developed a passion and respect for the culture and people of the islands.
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Cassandra Griffin
Cassandra Griffin, Dreamcatchers
  • This is Griffin's second year entering the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. While she enjoys challenging herself by writing all kinds of genres, she loves to delve into new fantasy worlds, especially told through the eyes of young adults.
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Rebecca Phillips
Rebecca Phillips, Out of Nowhere
  • Rebecca Phillips lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, two children, and cat. She started writing young adult novels at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped since.
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Regina Sirois
Regina Sirois, On Little Wings
  • Regina Sirois is 90% reader and 10% writer, and as such, her loyalty lies with readers. She graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State's Department of History and English and settled in the golden wheat fields of Kansas with her high school love.
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Linda Fairstein Our panel of expert reviewers for General Fiction includes best-selling author Linda Fairstein, whose Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
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Andrea Cremer Our panel of expert reviewers for Young Adult Fiction includes award-winning author Andrea Cremer, the New York Times best-selling author of the Nightshade trilogy. She holds a Ph.D. in early modern history and teaches at Macalester College in Minnesota.
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