Welcome! Thank you so much for visiting my website! I am an award-winning children's fantasy author, writing for both Young Adult and Middle Grade audiences. I love fairy tales,
myths, legends, and science fiction. I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings,
Harry Potter, Star Trek and Star Wars. I try to write most days,
which absolutely requires chocolate! I LOVE to hear from readers, so please
feel free to email me here or follow me on Twitter and Facebook.
can also find me online at Adventures in YA Publishing, a blog with author interviews, contests, book giveaways, advice from YA
authors, and writing tips. I am the Workshop Coordinator and a permanent mentor on First Five Pages Workshop, a wonderful resource for aspiring writers.
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I am thrilled and honored that The Exceptionals was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year!
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Praise for The Exceptionals!
"With it's varied and intriguing cast of characters, The Exceptionals will appeal to a wide range of readers, all of whom will be eager to see if there will be forthcoming adventures at Cambial Academy"
School Library Journal
"I liked Claire. She's brave and she also sounds like a teenage girl--concerned about boys and her friends. She has a conflicted relationship with her mom, and that rang very true as well. I also liked the characters around her. They all have distinct voices and personalities and contributed well to the overall conflict. . . The story kept my interest and is a solid debut. I'm looking forward to the sequel."
YA Books Central - Featured Book
"From the first few paragraphs, I was hooked and read this page-turner in two sittings. Claire, the spunky and completely believable protagonist, engages the reader as she struggles to stay afloat in her new reality and make the most out of an unfortunate turn of events... Even though Cambial Academy and its extraordinary students are beyond normal, Cashman has created a completely believable supernatural world. I highly recommend this book because a wide range of ages (11 and up) and audiences could enjoy this read and relate to the story and characters. Its a fantastical coming of age story..."
"This supernatural mystery will draw readers in as they search for answers and meaning, as well as the discovery of a secret kept quiet for years."
"The moment I started reading this novel, I was absolutely enthralled. As soon as I read the first page, I knew this was a book that was going to occupy my thoughts until I finished it."
"The Exceptionals is a really, really cool book - think X-Men meets the Graveyard Book meets Percy Jackson and the Olympians...refreshing teen book...has something for everyone"
"The Exceptionals is a great read, it's a fun story, it's one of those that you start off not quite sure what to expect and within a few pages are completely immersed into the setting, the feel, the atmosphere and the characters...It's almost like you completely block out everything around you and become one with the book...As a Yound Adult Fiction, I think this one rates right up there with some of the most popular, it features a young heroine, a strong willed girl but yet vulnerable...a breath of fresh air."
"I flew through this book within a handful of hours because this book was that good...It's obviously set up for at least a sequel, but I would love it if this became a three book series. I kind of loved Claire.... All of the characters were developed really well and not to the extent where pages are wasted on useless information... This is Erin Cashman's first novel, which is surprising to me because it is really well done."