8 Writers Who Made It Big When They Were Way Too Young

These young authors have accomplished something quite incredible, having taken the time out of their busy teenage schedules to, I don’t know, become published authors.


1. Christopher Paolini



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Starting at the tender age of fifteen, Southern California’s Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon (2002), an international bestselling fantasy book that kickstarted The Inheritance Cycle. The book has since been made into a major motion picture. In this tale of magic, glory, and power, a young farm boy takes fate into his own hands and becomes a kick-ass sword-wielding dragon-rider. What began as a teenage daydream became a favourite in the YA fiction genre.


2. Mary Shelley



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Taking it back a century or two to what is considered by many to be the first ever science fiction novel, is the unforgettable FrankensteinIt was written in 1816 and published anonymously when Shelley was just 21 in 1818. Shelley influenced literature considerably and spawned a whole new genre of horror stories, films, and plays.


3. Anne Frank


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The Diary of a Young Girl began its journey when Anne Frank was just 13-years-old and continued for two and a half years. It was published posthumously by Frank’s father Otto after World War II. Anne had already died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. This diary contains the optimism of a youthful girl and turns into the dark tale of a family suffering through a life in hiding during the Nazi occupation. It was Anne’s goal to publish a book after the war about her experience, so that is what her father did for her.


4. Isabel Kaplan


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Hancock Park: A Novel is a 2009 documentation of the truth about life as a 16-year-old growing up in LA and attending one of its most elite schools. In short, Kaplan dishes the dirt on the rich kids of Hollywood through protagonist Becky Miller, while trying to maintain her own sanity growing up in an environment whereby the youth can pretty much do whatever they like.


5. Malala Yousafzai


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Malala’s memoir I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Got Shot in the Face by the Taliban was published when this young global symbol of peaceful protest was just 16-years-old. Since Malala’s brutal attack in 2012 in which she was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban on the bus home from school, she has received treatment in Birmingham and returned to school in England in 2013. That same summer she travelled to New York and addressed the UN about equal rights in education. This autobiography was published a year later. Since then she continues to advocate for women’s rights and the right to education. Malala’s strength and bravery is a force to be reckoned with and in this book she instills in us the belief in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.


6. Beth Reekles


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British-born Beth Reekles wrote The Kissing Booth in an attempt to write a book that she wanted to read, one about young adult romance that didnt involve supernatural elements like vampires and werewolves. The novel follows the classic girl-next-door story of Elle who falls for bad-boy Noah, her friend Lee’s older brother. It may not have the depth and literary excellence as Shelley’s Frankenstein, but there must be some reason that 17-year-old Reekles became a Wattpad sensation.


7. Flavia Bujor


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The Prophecy of the Stones is a children’s fantasy novel written by French author Flavia Bujor, who began writing it aged 12. This novel was a huge success and has been translated into over thirty languages, having been published back in 2002. The story follows the dreams of a sick young girl in a hospital bed in Paris, and follows three teenagers who are chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy forcing them to have loyalty, lots of bravery and the will to finish their epic journey into a magical realm called Fairytale.


8. Stephanie Diaz



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Extraction was written by Diaz while studying film at the University of San Diego. The main character in her debut novel, Clem, is being sent to another planet in search of a better life, a safer surface, one in which people are not living in fear of starvation and persecution. Once she arrives at this new utopia, the story of her journey to a safer planet is turned on its head when she finds out everyone she left behind is to be exterminated, including lover boy. What happens next is up to her in this well-written page-turner.


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