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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None


Born: 1988 in Mt. Kisco, New York



Illinois Connection

Roth was raised primarily in Barrington. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Creative Writing program and currently resides in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Divergent series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection) and the Carve the Mark duology (Carve the Mark, The Fates Divide). The trilogy was adapted into a blockbuster movie series starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

Though she was born in Mount Kisco, New York, Veronica’s family moved to Hong Kong and Germany before settling in Barrington, Illinois. In elementary school, Veronica read constantly, but it wasn’t until she got a “make your own book!” kit from her mother as a gift that she thought to write anything of her own. From that time on, she knew she would write for the rest of her life, whether she was published or not. She wrote the manuscript that would become Divergent in her free time while attending Northwestern University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing in 2010.

She is a board member of YALLFest, the biggest YA book festival in the country, and YALLWEST, its sister festival.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Divergent"""

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller

-- *Goodreads Choice Award for Favorite Book, 2011

-- *Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly, 2011

-- *Teens’ Top Ten, YALSA, 2012

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013


-- """Insurgent"""

-- *Teens’ Top Ten list at #3, YALSA, 2013

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller


-- """Allegiant"""

-- *New York Times #1 Bestseller

-- *Goodreads Choice Award for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy, 2013

-- *Children’s Choice Book Award for Teen Book of the Year, 2014


-- """Four"""

-- *Best Book of the Year, Barnes and Noble, 2014


-- """Carve the Mark"""

-- *Debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and remained on the list for 18 weeks.

-- *Starred Review, VOYA


-- """The Fates Divide"""

-- *Debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list