Estelle Laure (pronounced lore/lor) is the author of critically-acclaimed books for young people, including THIS RAGING LIGHT and MAYHEM. She has five forthcoming young adult novels, including Disney’s City of Villains series, REMEMBER ME with Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s, and PRACTICE GIRL with Viking. She also has two picture books in the works, the first of which will be out with HarperKids in 2021. In addition to writing her own stories, Estelle is an editorial consultant, writing coach, and educator. She has been widely translated throughout the world.
She is grateful to every reader, teacher, librarian, and YA-loving adult that has picked up one of her books, and thanks you for paying her a virtual visit. To stay informed about events and upcoming projects, please sign up for her newsletter.
Available for order Spring 2022
Viking Press/Penguin Random House
Jo Beckett learns that she is a "practice girl"--the term for a girl who is good enough to hook up with but not date--and sets off on a journey of self-discovery and love.
Available for order Fall 2021
Inspired by The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the story follows Blue, who rediscovers herself while on a mission to recover the troubling memories she has had erased in order to avoid her heartbreak.
City Of Villains
February 2, 2021
Disney’s Villains meet Gotham in this gritty fairy tale-inspired crime series from Disney Hyperion.
Mary Elizabeth Heart is a high school senior by day, but by night she’s an intern at the Monarch City police department. She watches with envy from behind a desk as detectives come and go, trying to contain the city’s growing crime rate. For years, tension has simmered between the city’s wealthy elite, and their plans to gentrify the decaying neighborhood called the Scar—once upon a time the epicenter of all things magic.
October 13, 2020
"'[I]gnorance doesn’t have a zip code,' explains Shae Carys in the contributor write-ups at the back of this story collection, a sentiment that perfectly captures the frustration felt by the fictional characters. Every story in this collection tackles life in small-town America and asks the reader to consider the multiplicity of factors that comprise the identities of the characters, whether they are bisexual and Catholic in a poverty-stricken region of Texas, a dreamer who aims to become the first Puerto Rican Rodeo Queen in Utah, or a young Black man lacking class privilege and unsure of how to make his dreams a reality. These stories peel off the layers of the characters through short prose pieces, poetry, and graphic novel panels. The stories span a range of tones, from funny, to heart-breaking, to one that readers will not want to experience alone at night. Fifteen award-winning authors contributed to this collection, including David Bowles, David Macinnis Gill, and Ashley Hope Peréz. The writers bring authentic voices to their work in addition to their biographies, shared at the back of the book. This collection will be a high-interest read for middle and high school students. The stories could also be used in the classroom to inspire a journaling assignment so that students can introspect on the layers of their own identity, or as jumping-off points to examine the power and privilege reflected in some works of classic literature. This book is a must-purchase for libraries serving middle and high school readers."--School Library Journal, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection
July 14, 2020
"With Mayhem, Estelle Laure offers a beguilling, lyrical, beach-gothic page-turner. I loved every twist and turn of this story about the darkness that lurks beneath paradise. Mayhem is her best book yet."--Jeff Zentner, acclaimed author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days
"A vivid tale that deftly explores pain and empowerment. A compelling, unrelenting work of magical realism that will enthrall fans of nuanced feminist revenge fantasies."--School Library Journal
But Then I Came Back
"Rendered with insight and compassion, Eden’s struggles to make peace with the human condition add up to a riveting coming-of-age story." --starred review, Kirkus
"But Then I Came Back is magical and illuminating, lovely and lyrical."--Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times best selling author of Girls in Pieces
"Much like Laure's writing, Eden's story is haunting and raw. You will root for her as she struggles through her new reality and fall with her as she finds love."--Goldy Moldavsky, author of Kill the Boy Band
This Raging Light
"With This Raging Light, Estelle Laure establishes herself as a literary heavyweight."--David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland
"I loved this book. I was torn between wanting to devour it in one breathless read and needing to stop and savor each gorgeous turn of phrase."--Morgan Matson, author of The Unexpected Everything