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Kids With Pens has a publishing arm,
Girls With Pens Press LLC.

Girls With Pens Press is dedicated to supporting the work of girls and women with outspoken voices who seek to initiate or continue a conversation about women in the world. 

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Books published by Girls With Pens 

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In this harrowing and witty adventure, con-artist and tough-girl Ida Dorrington journeys to the Unfinished City to find a cure for her inability to age. Stuck in the body of a twelve-year-old, Ida longs to look and feel her true age of sixteen. The Unfinished City is the weirdest place Ida has ever visited - on the same day, every year, a flood destroys the whole town, and odder still, the citizens look forward to it! To Ida's dismay, no one in the Unfinished City wants to explain the mysterious Treatment that could be Ida's remedy. 
Ida begs, borrows, and steals to get what she wants. Will she be able to set her age right and return to her friends Fargus and Josephine before her scheming and lies catch up with her? If you liked The Lost Children, you will LOVE Ida and the Unfinished City.

"An absolute delight to read . . . fast paced, exciting and beautifully written. I absolutely loved this novel and I cannot recommend it enough." - I See Read People

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A companion book to Ida and the Unfinished City, this hilarious book is an illustrated collection of Ida's best and most ridiculous slurs.




Activities included in the back!

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Award-winning author and teacher Carolyn Cohagan has teamed up with her mother, painter Lynn Cohagan, to create a wholly original book of creative writing prompts paired with spellbinding artwork designed to spark imagination and fuel storytelling. Many children have the desire to write but are overwhelmed with where to begin. This journal provides a jumping off point and, before you can say "go," their pencils will be flying. Children of any age (and many adults) will love this journal and the stories it inspires.


Perfect for at-home learning.

FREE for teachers! Contact

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Every summer we offer camps for local young writers. We publish their work in an anthology that we give to each family. 

If you would like to order the anthology from 2019 click here. 

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Every summer we offer camps for local young writers. We publish their work in an anthology that we give to each family. 

If you would like to order the anthology from 2018 click here. 


A dystopian novel about a future Manhattan that is controlled by misogynistic extremists who don’t allow girls to go to school. Then comes along a plucky 15-year-old and her rebellious grandmother.


Founder of Girls With Pens Carolyn Cohagan published the first of her feminist dystopian series in 2016. It has since won over eight literary honors, including the International Book Award. 

Time Zero is a compelling, unexpected, thrilling read that elevates the young adult genre with smart and ground-breaking social commentary.

          –Elizabeth Banks of The Hunger Games


"Time Zero is a compelling, inventive, and richly layered book–one that will appeal both to adult and young adult readers.”

         –Tim O’Brien, National Book Award-winning author of The Things They Carried


Time Zero is available as an ebook, Audible book, or paperback here


Mina’s adventure continues in this sequel to the award-winning Time Zero. In book one, Mina and her friends narrowly escaped fundamentalist ruled Manhattan. Now, they’ve been taken in by the Unbound, a modern community that wants to shelter and care for them. Mina, however, becomes increasingly nervous as she and her friends are forced apart, and she’s asked to alter her clothing, behavior, and even her faith. As she struggles to hold onto her identity, she also grapples with her secrets, even as the Unbound endeavor to discover each and everyone.


"Time Next is a must-read for any resistance-minded young adult." 

        -Emily Lindin of Teen Vogue 

"This novel takes very real forces of injustice and takes them to a terrifying level. It makes us question all aspects of religion and identity . . . For many kids in America and elsewhere, this world hardly feels like fiction, and that's why Cohagan's themes are well-timed and necessary." 
        -NY Daily News 

Time Next is available as an ebook, paperback, and Audible book here


Could you commit murder to save the people you love? Full of heart-stopping suspense and jaw-dropping twists, the conclusion to the Time Next trilogy is finally here. Mina’s fears are realized when she and Juda are forced to return to Manhattan. Worse, they have orders to assassinate their Divine Leader, Uncle Ruho. Can they go through with the murder? If they don’t, their nemesis Ram has sworn to bomb the island into oblivion. In this riveting finale to the Time Zero saga, Mina has to decide how far she's willing to go to save her friends, her people, and her true self.

Time's Up is available as an ebook, paperback, and Audible book here

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