Liana Gardner

Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution, The Journal of Angela Ashby, and Speak No Evil. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface.  

Liana volunteers with high school students through EXP (expfuture.org). EXP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, EXP helps young people EXPerience, EXPand, and EXPlore.

Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but her imagination takes her wherever she wants to go.

Liana is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Speak No Evil


The Journal of Angela Ashby

Books and Awards

Speak No Evil (10/2019)

  • 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction: Mature Issues
  • 2019 New York City Big Book Award, Gold Medal Winner
  • 2019 International Book Awards, Finalist in Young Adult Fiction
  • 2019 Screencraft Cinematic Book Awards, Quarterfinalist (Winners TBA 2020)

7th Grade Revolution (10/2017)

  • 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Gold Medal Winner in Pre-Teen Fiction: General
  • 2019 New York City Big Book Award, Gold Medal Winner in Pre-Teen Fiction
  • 2018 Nautilus Book Awards, Silver in Middle Grade
  • 2018 Digital Book World Awards, Gold Medal Winner in Best User of Social Media in Book
  • 2018 American Fiction Awards, Gold Medal Winner in Pre-Teen Fiction (Ages 10-12)
  • 2018 Silver Falchion Award, Finalist in Best Juvenile
  • 2018 Digital Book World Awards, Finalist in Best Book (Children’s)
  • 2018 International Book Awards, Finalist in Children’s Fiction
  • 2019 Readers’ Favorite Awards, Honorable Mention in Children/Adventure

The Journal of Angela Ashby (9/2018)

  • 2019 Silver Falchion Award, Finalist in Juvenile
  • 2019 Readers’ Favorite Awards, Honorable Mention in Children/Preteen
  • 2019 New York City Big Book Award, Distinguished Favorite (Silver) in Pre-Teen Fiction

Diary of a Misfit

  • (“Current Event,” a short story in Diary of a Misfit, was featured in the Story Chairs project, an audio installation featuring the work of 32 writers, musicians, and readers.)

Nowhere Feels Like Home

  • (Pearson Prize Teen Choice Award 2010)

Misfit McCabe

  • (Pearson Prize Teen Choice Award 2009)


7th Grade RevolutionThe Secret of the Red Key

Speak No Evil Interview with Kathryn Zox, (10/2019)