Maya Van Wagenen is a 17-year-old, award-winning teen author. Her first full-length non-fiction book project, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek on Dutton Penguin Books, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List. This memoir chronicles Maya’s eighth-grade adventures in a drug and gang-riddled U.S.-Mexican border town following the advice of an outdated 1950s popularity guide. Months before its official release, the book garnered critical acclaim earning her a spot on TIME Magazine‘s “The Sixteen Most Influential Teens of 2013” and Huffington Post‘s “The Thirteen Most Fearless Teens of 2013.” In November 2013, DreamWorks purchased the film rights for Popular, making Maya the youngest non-actor to sign a deal with the studio. Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and Kristie Macosko Krieger (Lincoln) are producing the film. Earlier this year Maya’s book won the American Library Association’s YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-fiction making her the youngest author and first memoirist to receive this honor. Maya is currently finishing her senior year at Statesboro High School and penning her next manuscript for Penguin Books.