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Betsy Cornwell


Betsy Cornwell

Debut author Betsy Cornwell graduated from Smith College in 2010. She was a columnist and editor at Teen Ink before pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Notre Dame, where she also taught fiction writing as well as film and television studies. She is currently living in Galway, Ireland. Visit her website at

Betsy Cornwell

Books by Betsy Cornwell

by Betsy Cornwell - Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult 13+

When Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, she feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Sylvie, her dearest friend and a host of villagers soon run away, forming their own community in the woods and fighting to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this take on the Robin Hood tale explores love, gender, the healing power of nature and what it means to be a family.

by Betsy Cornwell - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult 14+

The young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy-tale happy ending. She's free of her horrible stepfamily, running a successful business and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await them as they uncover devastating secrets about the past and fight for a real, lasting happily-ever-after for two troubled countries --- and for themselves.

by Betsy Cornwell - Fantasy, Science Fiction, Youth Fiction

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday --- and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse --- Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself.  Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

by Betsy Cornwell - Young Adult 12+

When high school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning.