Puffin Books launched Speak, a new imprint aimed at teens, in 2002. Bringing classic and cutting edge fiction to the forefront of the paperback list, Speak provides a dedicated home for older readers. With a range of the quality fiction and non-fiction Puffin is known for, Speak combines contemporary novels featuring characters with whom readers can identify, historical fiction that transports the reader to new worlds, smart, original series fiction, and a mix of award-winning authors and bright new talent. In Speak, everyone has a voice. Everything from National Book Awards to Printz Awards to Coretta Scott King Awards and Finalists can be found on the list. The Speak list highlights these strong titles year after year. Some of our gems are National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, multiple-award winner Mildred Taylor's The Land, Printz Medal winner Looking for Alaska by John Green, Newbery Honor book Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer, Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist A Step from Heaven by An Na. Speak has also launched a number of original series, including Missing Persons, Sweep, and the S.A.S.S.Students Across the Seven Seasbooks, which are attracting fans left and right.
Speak boasts an incredible list of award-winning books and authors. Everything from National Book Awards to Printz Awards to Coretta Scott King Awards and Finalists can be found on the list. The Speak list highlights these strong titles year after year. Some of our gems are National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, multi-award winner Mildred Taylor's The Land, Newbery Honor book Hope was Here by Joan Bauer, National Book Award winner Han Nolan's Dancing on the Edge, Soldier X by Don Wulffson and Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist A Step from Heaven by An Na. Speak also launched two original series, Missing Persons and the wildly successful Sweep, which are attracting fans left and right.
Speak carries a number of recent award-winners as well. In addition to Printz Honor books My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr and Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going, Speak published Printz Award winner Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers and Newbery Medal winner The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Speak also features National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King winner Jacqueline Woodson and her incredible range of works from Miracle's Boys to Hush to If You Come Softly.
Speak also publishes books with wide commercial appeal. LBD: It's A Girl Thing by Grace Dent and the acclaimed Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz have won the hearts of many fans. And Speak maintains a fresh look for key authors such as Sarah Dessen, Joan Bauer, and Jacqueline Woodson by reissuing backlist titles with gorgeous new covers, keeping them current and fresh.
Eileen Bishop Kreit
Eileen Kreit was a long standing member of the Penguin Young Readers Group before joining Puffin as Vice President and Publisher in February 2004. She began her career at Penguin in 1990.