Feel at Home This Summer: YA Books Set in Ohio

In the mood for some dystopian/suspenseful reading? For some reason, authors think Ohio is a center for strange happenings:


The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Would you rather settle in with some realistic fiction? Find some kindred spirits in these books:


Heaven by Angela Johnson

One Moment by Kristina McBride

2 comments on “Feel at Home This Summer: YA Books Set in Ohio

  1. In my experience, when somebody sets a book in Ohio, it’s because they have some personal connection to Ohio.

    Of the authors you listed, only two don’t seem to have spent any time here: Neal Shusterman and Rick Yancey. However, the rest have ties to our state:

    Jeannine Garsee, was born and raised in Ohio. She currently lives in a southwest suburb of Cleveland.

    Margaret Peterson Haddix writes on her blog: “I grew up on a farm about halfway between two small towns: Washington Court House, Ohio, and Sabina, Ohio. I come from both a long line of farmers, and a long line of bookworms.”

    James Frey (one half of Pittacus Lore) was born in Cleveland Ohio and graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

    Angela Johnson may have been born in Tuskegee, Alabama, she grew up in Windham, Ohio and attended College at Kent State University.

    Kristina McBride grew up in and around Dayton, Ohio. She went to an Ohio college and taught in Springboro, Ohio.

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