"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 am the author of the YA fantasies Witchlanders and Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A novel of the Brontës . Witchlanders was called “one stunning teen debut” by Kirkus Reviews and won a 2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite award for the Americas.  Worlds of Ink and Shadow is just out from Amulet and HarperCollins Canada. I’m also the author of two children’s picture books and am the Vice President of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers.

Upcoming Events


Very honored to be asked to be a guest at Readercon this year! Both my panels are on Friday. Full schedule here.
July 7-10, 2016
Quincy Mariott Hotel, Quincy, Mass.

I’ll be reading excerpts from my novel, WORLDS OF INK AND SHADOW. Time slot to follow. Hope to see you there!
September 16, 17, 18, 2016
Eden Mills, Ontario



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