Cover of Wolfpack, by Amelia Brunskill. Shows a girl with shadow of a wolf over her face. She is wearing a garment covered in flowers. Tag line is "Be careful not to stray".

Young adult novels:

Forthcoming June 2023: Wolfpack. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

A young adult mystery written in verse, about a group of teenage girls living in a cult and the suspicion and paranoia that emerges when one of them goes missing.

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Reviews & Blurbs for Wolfpack:

“Brunskill (The Window) employs absorbing verse and a keen grasp on the teen voice in this stirring psychological thriller about nine teenage girls raised in a cult…[I]ntricately detailed alternating third-person POVs that center individual perspectives as well as a lush, collective voice spin an eerie recounting that fluidly connects familiar themes of maturation, love, and chosen family with Havenwood’s unusual, highly insular religious movement”-Publishers Weekly

“A disquieting read sure to linger”-Kirkus

“Wolfpack is a fever dream of a novel. It is told by a group of girls as close as sisters, but who find their bonds tested when one of them disappears. Haunting and lyrical, Wolfpack will grab you by the throat.”
-April Henry, New York Times Bestselling author of Two Truths and a Lie

“Elegant and unsettling, Wolfpack is a spellbinding thriller unlike any other you’ll read this year.” -Caleb Roehrig, Last Seen Leaving, The Fell of Dark

Just when I thought I would never grasp the power of verse, Amelia Brunskill comes along with Wolfpack. Throw in one of my favorite subjects, cults, and you can officially call me a convert. No sophomore slump here, either. Brunskill’s prose takes hold from the opening stanza and holds the reader tight like grim death throughout. Highly recommended!”Javier Ramirez, co-owner of Exile in Bookville

“A vibrantly orchestrated choir, whose absent voice rings out as loud and bold as the rest of its singers. This is a missing girl mystery wrought by a poet, a haunting story of girlhood inside the coercive confines of a cult.”
-Kit Frick, I Killed Zoe Spanos and Very Bad People

“Wolfpack is stunning in every sense of the word, shimmering with feverish tension and a claustrophobic atmosphere… The reveal is a sharp, merciless gut punch. Gorgeous and unsettling.”
-Dana Mele, People Like Us, Summer’s Edge

“Shifting seamlessly between the voices of each of the girls and the chorus of the sisterhood, Wolfpack weaves a sharp, beguiling tale of secrets and their unraveling, and of the choices we make to protect what we hold sacred.”
-Kate Alice Marshall, author of I Am Still Alive and Rules for Vanishing

“With spare, evocative verse, Amelia Brunskill weaves an intimate world where suspicion and paranoia lurk around every turn. Gutsy and visceral, Wolf Pack will haunt you long after you’ve turned the last page.”
-Joy McCullough, Blood Water Paint, and Enter the Body

“Written in riveting verse, Wolfpack held me breathless as I raced through the pages, utterly captivated by the teen girls at the story’s core. Such a spellbinding read!”
-Kip Wilson,  White RoseThe Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin

The Window. Delacorte Press. 2018.BrunskillBookCover_TheWindow

After Jess Cutter’s twin sister, Anna, dies in what appears to be a tragic accident, Jess becomes obsessed with tracking down the identity of Anna’s secret boyfriend.

Available from:

The Fiction Shortlist for the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Award 
2019 Nominee for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
2021 Nominee for NYSRA Charlotte Award

Blurbs/Reviews for The Window:

“A gripping tale of suspense, secrets, and the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.”—Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

“Layered and compelling, THE WINDOW is a fast-paced mystery anchored by a bold and intriguing protagonist, and you won’t want to put it down until you’ve uncovered every last one of its secrets!”—Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving

“Lyrical and haunting, with plenty of twists that kept me reading long into the night.”—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners

“[S]hort chapters move this debut briskly along, and it will hook those interested in a mystery that’s as much a psychological examination of one girl’s grief as it is a thriller”–Booklist

“It’s a heartfelt depiction of the grieving process and a thought-provoking exploration of secret lives kept hidden.” –Publishers Weekly

Short stories:

The Hunter’s Child. Luna Station Quarterly. June 2022.

This One. Arts & Letters. Fall 2020.

Outcomes. Indiana Review. Summer 2018.
Nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Dive Deep, Breath Held. Ninth Letter. Spring/Summer 2017.
Awarded an Illinois Arts Council Agency Literary Award