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Alexandra Bracken
"The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces."

Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children's book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that's constantly overflowing with books.

Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series, the Passenger duology, and The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding duology.

Fun facts

  • Alexandra has never broken a bone before.
  • There was a time between ages eight to twelve where she pretty much only read Star Wars books.  
  • She wrote a lot of fanfiction in middle school and high school.  
  • Alexandra is terrified of swimming in the ocean.  
  • She started out by participating in NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month her freshman year of college and caught the novel writing bug.  
  • Alexandra says it is always easier to write the last line of a story than it is the first.  
  • In 2014 Alex wrote Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy, a novelization of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Alexandra does not like the taste of coffee or chocolate.
  • The Darkest Minds novels spell out a sentence. ‘The darkest minds never fade in the afterlight.’  
  • Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.  
  • She wrote her debut novel, Brightly Woven, as a birthday present for a friend.

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  • Reserve Alexandra's titles and collect from your local library.
  • Read the books on your device. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
  • Watch Darkest Minds on DVD.

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