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Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann

American author
Lisa McMann
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Quick Facts

Intro American author
Is Author Writer Novelist Children's writer
From United States of America
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 27 February 1968, Holland, Michigan, USA
Age 53 years
Star sign Pisces
Notable Works
Romance novel
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Lisa McMann (born February 27, 1968) is an American author and the creator of The Unwanteds and The Unwanteds Quests series for young readers and the WAKE trilogy for young adults.

McMann was born in Holland, Michigan and now lives in the Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from Calvin College in 1990. Her first novel, WAKE, debuted on the New York Times best-seller list for children’s chapter books. She is also the author of FADE, which debuted on the New York Times best-seller list and remained there eleven weeks, and of GONE, the last book in the WAKE series, which was released February 2010.

McMann has published many short stories, including the creative nonfiction essay, “When You're Ten,” featured in Literary Mama, and the award-winning short story, “The Day of the Shoes,” in 2004. One year later, her story, “Like Waves on Rocks” was published in the Gator Springs Gazette. McMann's short stories are written for adult audiences while her novels are intended for young adults. Currently she spends her time at home with her two cats, two children, and husband.

She lives near Phoenix, Arizona.


  • “The Day of the Shoes” (short story): 2004 Templeton International Power of Purpose Award
  • WAKE: American Library Association 2009 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • WAKE: 2008 Cybil Award Finalist
  • WAKE: Abraham Lincoln Book Award Master List (IL)
  • WAKE: Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
  • WAKE: Gateway Readers Award Nominee (MO)
  • WAKE: Georgia Peach Book Award Master List
  • WAKE: IRA Young Adults’ Choices
  • WAKE: Nevada Young Reader’s Award Nominee
  • WAKE: Texas Tayshas Reading List
  • WAKE: Young Adult Reading Program Reading List Selection (SD)
  • Cryer’s Cross: American Library Association 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Cryer’s Cross: American Library Association 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
  • Dead to You: American Library Association 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
  • Dead to You: IRA Young Adults’ Choices
  • The Unwanteds: Maine Student Book Award Master Listt
  • The Unwanteds: North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nomineet
  • The Unwanteds: Truman Reader Award Nominee (MO)t
  • Crash: American Library Association 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
  • Crash: MSTA Reading Circle List
  • Bang: MSTA Reading Circle List

Published works

Wake Trilogy

  • WAKE (2008)
  • FADE (2009)
  • GONE (2010)

The Unwanteds

  • The Unwanteds (2011)
  • The Unwanteds: Island of Silence (2012)
  • The Unwanteds: Island of Fire (2013)
  • The Unwanteds: Island of Legends (2014)
  • The Unwanteds: Island of Shipwrecks (2015)
  • The Unwanteds: Island of Graves (2015)
  • The Unwanteds: Island of Dragons (2016)

The Unwanteds Quests

  • The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Captives (2017)
  • The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Bones (2018)
  • The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Ghosts (2019)
  • The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Curse (2019)
  • The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Fire (2020)
  • The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Slayers (2020)
  • The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Fury

Visions Trilogy

  • Crash (2013)
  • Bang (2013)
  • Gasp (2014)

Going Wild Trilogy

  • Going Wild (2016)
  • Predator Vs. Prey (2017)
  • Clash of Beasts (2018)

Other books

  • Cryer’s Cross (2011)
  • Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (2011)
  • Dead To You (2012)
  • The Trap Door (Infinity Ring #3) (2013)

WAKE Trilogy Translations

The WAKE trilogy has been translated into the following languages (note: not all of the books are out in these countries):

  • Novo Seculo / Portuguese (Brazil only)
  • Wisdom Distribution Service / Chinese (complex)
  • Kelly Kiado / Hungarian
  • Newton Compton / Italian
  • Everest / Spanish
  • Atlin Kitaplar / Turkish
  • Patakis / Greek
  • PT Gramedia / Indonesian
  • Amarin / Thai
  • Boje Verlag / German
  • WYDAWNICTWO / Polish
  • Everest Editora / Portuguese (Portugal)

Personal life

Lisa is married to fellow writer and musician, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children. Her son is an artist named Kilian McMann and her daughter is an actress, Kennedy McMann. Kennedy was cast in Nancy Drew as the titular character, in the new CW series.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 11 Apr 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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