"Exquisite storytelling plus atmospheric world building equals one stunning teen debut."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review (praise for WITCHLANDERS)

About Me

Hi there! My name is Lena Coakley and I’m a young adult author living in Toronto.  I’ve written one novel so far, Witchlanders, which was called “one stunning teen debut” by Kirkus Reviews and won a 2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite award for the Americas.  I’m also the author of two children’s picture books and the former administrative director of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers.

Upcoming Events

I’m holed up in a cave writing my next book at the moment, but please check back for upcoming readings and events.


Plot twists unfold at a riveting pace, the boys’ characters are compellingly sketched, and Coakley explores her subject matter masterfully without falling prey to safe plot choices.”

-Publishers Weekly (starred

Published by Atheneum (S&S)
ISBN-10: 1442420049
ISBN-13: 9781442420045
Grades: 7 and up