BARRY LYGA

Called a “YA rebel-author” by Kirkus Reviews, Barry Lyga has published eleven novels in various genres in his seven-year career, including the New York Times bestselling I Hunt Killers. His books have been or are slated to be published in 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 YA novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, was published to rave reviews, including starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. His second YA novel, Boy Toy, received starred reviews in SLJ, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus. VOYA 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 (a sequel to his first novel), the Archvillain series for middle-grade readers, and the graphic novel Mangaman (with art by Colleen Doran). 

His latest series is I Hunt Killers, which the LA Times calls “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, and the series has been optioned for television by Warner Bros./Silver Pictures. Lyga lives and writes in New York City.

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