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McGinnis is an American Edgar Award-winning author of young adult novels.

Her books cut across various genres such as historical, fantasy, contemporary, gothic thriller, psychological thriller, and post-apocalyptic genres.

Raised in Ohio as a ninth-generation farmer, the physical aspect of living in rural America, coupled with the ruthless natural world, molded her into who she is today.

That explains why a lot of her work mirrors life and the impoverishment of tiny towns.

The former school librarian still resides in her hometown.

One of her biggest passions is assisting financially underprivileged school districts and communities.

More about Mindy McGinnis

Genres: Contemporary , Fantasy / SF, Psychological Thriller, Young Adult

United States


Non Series

  • A Madness So Discreet (2015)
  • The Female of the Species (2016)
  • This Darkness Mine (2017)
  • Heroine (2019)
  • Be Not Far from Me (2020)

Hawk (Co-authored with James Patterson)

  1. City of the Dead (Book 2) (2021)

Given Duet Books

  1. Given to the Sea (2017)
  2. Given to the Earth (2018)

Not A Drop To Drink Books

  1. Not a Drop to Drink (2013)
  2. In a Handful of Dust (2014)

The Initial Insult Books

  1. The Initial Insult (2021)
Hawk (Co-authored with James Patterson)
The Initial Insult Books

Detailed book overview

Non Series

A Madness So Discreet

Madness isn’t something new to Grace Mae.

Forced to a mental facility thanks to family secrets and the swelling in her belly, she finds revival out of the darkness.

Recognized for the sharp mind hidden under her anger, Grace is made the assistant of a visiting doctor fascinated by criminal psychology.

Masquerading as someone truly deranged, she collects clues at crime scenes from unsuspecting onlookers.

As time goes by, Grace begins feeling more like a normal human being—even getting friends.

When Grace and the doctor however fall under the radar of a ruthless murderer, will she survive when haunted by ghosts from her dark past?

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062320872
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
The Female of the Species

Alex Craft has known nothing but vengeance ever since her older sister, Anna, was brutally killed three years ago; with the person responsible walking away scot-free.

Although she has also walked away without being punished for her own offenses, Alex is certain she is not to be trusted among other people.

Certainly not with Jack, the jock interested in her but is ashamed of his actions on the night that Anna’s remains were found. Or Peekay, the preacher’s kid who becomes friends with Alex while they lend their help at an animal shelter.

As the real nature of Alex comes to light, the lives of these three individuals will never be the same again.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0062320902
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
This Darkness Mine

Sasha Stone has throughout her life sacrificed so that she makes it to Oberlin Conservatory and fulfills her dreams of becoming a celebrated musician.

Her hopes are however threatened by one Isaac Harver.

Despite having a boyfriend, Sasha inexplicably finds herself drawn to him.

She misses his touch, yet he has not once touched her.

Why does he seem to know her, yet Sasha literally knows nothing about him?

Although she learns that her life started by the ending of another, that doesn’t explain the memories she has of activities she never engaged in with Isaac.

Will Sasha do whatever it takes to get her heart back?

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062561602
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Mickey Catalan has known nothing but pain all her life.

When a car accident however rules her out of action just months to the softball season, she resorts to taking painkillers prescribed to her in a desperate move to retain her place in the team.

The pills work wonders. They not only reduce the pain but also make her feel amazing.

Now with a new group of friends comprising of other injured jocks and random friends, Mickey feels a sense of belonging.

But as the pressure to return to her previous form increases, the demand for the painkillers also rises.

This book explores on addiction, family, friendships, and aspirations.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062847201
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Be Not Far from Me

The world is a wild place. No one knows this more than Ashley.

When she goes hiking with a couple of her friends, the very nature of her surroundings makes her feel at peace.

The world however isn’t the only wild thing.

Enraged after catching her boyfriend with another girl, Ashley loses her cool and takes off into the night, eventually tumbling into a ravine.

Upon waking up in the morning, she realizes that she’s lost and alone in the dark forest without anything to aid her survival.

Worse off is that she has an infection on her leg.

Will Ashley make it out alive?

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0062561633
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Hawk (Co-authored with James Patterson)

City of the Dead (Book 2)

For Hawk, being a hero weighs heavily on her wings.

In the City of the Dead, life happens in the shadows. That's why a war is brewing against an enemy no one can see.

Hawk and Maximum Ride never back down from a conflict, or from each other, and they argue more than they agree.

But as the dead begin to outnumber the living, a mother's experience and a daughter's instinct can make one powerful arsenal.

COMPLETE Hawk Series:

1. Hawk (2020) by Gabrielle Charbonnet and James Patterson.

2. City of the Dead (2021) by Mindy McGinnis and James Patterson.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08Y8ND73G
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Given Duet Books

Given to the Sea

Given to the Sea, Khosa is born to be fed to the water.

Although she is expected to give birth to an heir, the mere thought of being touched by a human terrifies her.

Third in line to the throne, Vincent is of royal blood in a kingdom where the young are sidelined. His future is tied to that of Khosa.

Dara and Donil are remnants of the Indiri, a local race whose magic is gradually diminishing.

Pietra, brutal warriors who tore down the Indiri many years ago, are trooping towards Stille—the adopted homeland of the twins.

Leading the Pietra, Witt is determined to ensure his people live on.

From royals strategies to Pietrans trooping, things are about to get intriguing.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0399544620
Publisher: Speak
Given to the Earth

Although born to be given to the sea, Khosa is saved after tying the knot with King Vincent.

But despite being Queen of Stille, she is still drawn to her husband’s stepbrother, Donil.

She also greatly yearns for the seas.

As Khosa struggles between loyalty and love, Dara is looking for retribution.

Dara and Donil were the only survivors after their race was butchered by the Pietra.

Despised by King Vincent, Dara won’t rest until she destroys Witt, leader of the Pietra.

Secrets will be uncovered, hearts will be won and lost, and loyalties will shift.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B073YTP347
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Not A Drop To Drink Books

Not a Drop to Drink

Teenage Lynn has been groomed to protect her pond at all costs.

Be it drought, the cold season, coyotes, or human being looking to quench their thirst, her sole responsibility is to make sure that whoever comes there doesn’t drink anything—or even leave for that matter.

Convinced of her own capability, the rest of the world past the surrounding fields and woods means nothing to her.

When unknown figures appear, the puzzling footprints near the pond, threats at the cover of darkness, and gunshots rent the air, it becomes immediately clear that there are figures that won’t rest until they possess what she has.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062198518
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
In a Handful of Dust

This book is a sequel to Not a Drop to Drink, set a decade after the events of the first installment in the series.

Lucy’s community is attacked by a deadly disease.

Forced to leave her home and friends behind by her adoptive mother in an effort to protect them from the devastation, Lucy has a hard time understanding the true meaning of home.

As they head west in an effort to begin a new chapter, the two of them face a myriad of nature’s problems such as hunger, mountains, and deserts.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0062198549
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

The Initial Insult Books

The Initial Insult

Tress Montor used to have a happy family. All that however changed when her parent mysteriously vanished seven years ago while dropping her best friend home.

Being a Montor doesn’t mean anything anymore, given the family tragedy and shame her continuously intoxicated grandfather brings.

Felicity Turnado may be rich and beautiful, but she has a dark secret; one about the night that the Montors mysteriously vanished.

Although Felicity avoids her once closest friend like plague, Tress plans to get the truth out of her during a Halloween costume party.

A party and a panther lurking: Tress will either get the truth or vengeance.

Author: Mindy McGinnis
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B0894VHDN6
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books