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Barry Lyga

Biography

Barry Lyga

Called a “YA rebel-author” by Kirkus Reviews, Barry Lyga has published seventeen novels in various genres in his eleven-year career, including the New York Times bestselling I HUNT KILLERS. His books have been or are slated to be published in more than a dozen different languages in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

After graduating from Yale with a degree in English, Lyga worked in the comic book industry before quitting to pursue his lifelong love of writing. In 2006, his first young adult novel, THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL, was published to rave reviews, including starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. Publishers Weekly named Lyga a “Flying Start” in December 2006 on the strength of the debut.

His second young adult novel, BOY TOY, received starred reviews in SLJPublishers Weekly, and KirkusVOYA gave it its highest critical rating, and the Chicago Tribune called it “…an astounding portrayal of what it is like to be the young male victim.” His third novel, HERO-TYPE, according to VOYA “proves that there are still fresh ideas and new, interesting story lines to be explored in young adult literature.”

Since then, he has also written GOTH GIRL RISING (the sequel to his first novel), as well as the Archvillain series for middle-grade readers and the graphic novel MANGAMAN (with art by Colleen Doran).

His latest series is I Hunt Killers, called by the LA Times “one of the more daring concepts in recent years by a young-adult author” and an “extreme and utterly alluring narrative about nature versus nurture.” The first book landed on both the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Lyga lives and podcasts near New York City with his wife, Morgan Baden, and their nigh-omnipotent daughter. His comic book collection is a lot smaller than it used to be, but is still way too big.

Photo Credit: Devon John Photography.

Books by Barry Lyga

by Barry Lyga - Adventure, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero

In a timeline where Flashpoint never happened, The Flash (aka Barry Allen) must face a mysterious villain who can control the minds and actions of citizens. But when Hocus Pocus, as he calls himself, takes control of Barry, it’s up to Team Flash to help the Scarlet Speedster before he’s forced to do the unthinkable. Written by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga, this is one adventure fans of the TV series won’t want to miss!

by Barry Lyga - Adventure, Children's 10+, Science Fiction

Twelve-year-old Zak Killian is hearing a voice. Sometimes the voice is so real...It warns him of danger. One day Zak is standing on the subway platform when the tunnel starts to fill with water. He sees it before anyone else. The voice warns him to run. His friends Moira and Khalid believe this is more than a premonition, and soon all three find themselves in an alternate universe that is both familiar and seriously strange. As Zak unravels the mystery behind the voice, he faces decisions that may mean the end of their world at home --- if they can even get home!

written by Barry Lyga with illustrations by Colleen Doran - Adventure, Graphic Novel, Manga, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Ryoko, a character from a manga world, falls through the Rip into the “real” world --- the western world --- and tries to survive as the ultimate outsider at a typical American high school.