Courtney Summers is the bestselling author of several novels, whose career in writing began in 2008, when she was 22. Her work has been released to critical acclaim and multiple starred reviews, received numerous awards and honors including the Edgar Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Cybils Award, the Odyssey Award, the Audie Award, and has enjoyed the recognition of many library, state, 'Best Of' and Readers' Choice lists. Courtney has reviewed for The New York Times
, is the founder of #ToTheGirls, a 2015 worldwide trending hashtag, and in 2016, she was named one of Flare
Magazine's 60 under 30. Her new novel, The Project, releases February 2nd, 2021 from Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press.
She lives and writes in Canada.
Publishing 2.2.21 by Wednesday Books
The next pulls-no-punches thriller from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author Courtney Summers, about an aspiring young journalist determined to save her sister from a cult.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
“The beauty of the story lies in its focus on the downtrodden, the vulnerable, and the earnest, expressed with an enormous amount of empathy. A powerful, suspenseful, and heartbreaking thriller about identity, sisterhood, and belonging.”
— Kirkus, starred review
“Masterfully written and pulling no punches . . . Summers creates and sustains almost unbearable tension, exploring sacrifice, loss, forgiveness, miracles, surrender, grief, and lies. Readers will question the truth and everyone’s motivations in this world full of manipulation and mind games. A gripping, flawless psychological thriller ready to leave readers shattered.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
“[A] deeply disconcerting investigative thriller that seems unassuming but worms under the skin and into the mind . . . Winding questions of faith and sacrifice into an already fibrous plot, Summers presents a rich offering that lingers even as it shocks.”
— Booklist, starred review
“[F]ew have done what Summers does here: create ambiguity, humanize those involved [and] painstakingly blur the line between loving care and abusive control . . . Yes, The Project will ruin your day. Yes, you want it to.”
— Shelf Awareness
All film and subrights inquiries for The Project should be directed to Faye Bender at The Book Group.
Published 2018 by Wednesday Books
A New York Times Bestseller
* An Indie Bestseller * A BookExpo America Buzz Pick
Top 3 Kids Indie Next Pick * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Barnes & Noble Monthly Pick (September 2020)
6 starred reviews:
Kirkus, PW, Booklist (audio & print), SLJ, Shelf Awareness
OLA White Pine Award, 2020 * Edgar Award, 2019 * John Spray Mystery Award, 2019 * Odyssey Award, 2019 * Audie Award (YA), 2019 * Cybils Award, 2018
Goodreads Choice Awards, 2018 (Runner-Up) * Audie Award (multi-voiced), 2019
Named a Best book of 2019 by:
Readings (International Edition)
Named a Best Book of 2018 by:
Amazon, Autostraddle, Barnes & Noble, B&N Teen Blog, Books-A-Million, Bookbub, Bookpage, The Boston Globe, Bustle, Buzzfeed, CBC, Chicago Public Library, Criminal Element, The Fandom, Forever Young Adult, Globe and Mail, Good Morning America, Google Play, Hypable, Indigo, Kirkus, Kobo, A Mighty Girl, NPR, Paste Magazine, PopSugar, Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire, School Library Journal, She Reads, and Shelf Awareness
Named a Best Audiobook of 2018 by:
Google Play, Kobo, Paste Magazine and School Library Journal
Named a Best Teen Book of the Decade and Best 100 Teen Book of All Time by Indigo
A TAYSHAS Reading List Selection, 2020
A 2019 ALA Top 10 Quick Pick, Top 10 Amazing Audiobook, Best Fiction for YAs Title and Amelia Bloomer Title
A Bank Street College Best of 2019 Title
A Booklist Top 10 YA Book for Adult Readers, 2018
, a limited series podcast based on the novel Sadie
is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify or the podcast platform of your choice. Just search 'The Girls' and hit subscribe! https://static.macmillan.com/static/smp/sadie/
Released February 4th, 2020 by Wednesday Books
A reissue of New York Times bestselling author Courtney Summers's award-winning debut! Featuring a redesigned cover, updated text and new foreword from the author. More information.