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So glad you’re here! Poke around — you’ll find essays, interviews, photos, and more. 

Can you believe I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life for 25 years?? That’s a lot of advice!

SPEED OF LIFE is my latest novel, and I’m excited that film rights have been optioned and proud of the reviews. New York Times: "funny, perceptive and moving... I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel.” New York Post: "Required Reading." Here’s the first page. It’s at Barnes & Nobles, IndiesAmazonAudible. FOUR starred reviews: KirkusPublishers WeeklySchool Library Journal, Booklist. YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street 2018 and also Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best.  Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day.

Want me to visit or Skype your school in English or Spanish (or French)? Just ask! Skype Moment of the Week. My next visits are at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in NYC and Murray Avenue in Larchmont.

I've been on Oprah, The View, Today, and + CNN Español. I’ve had scores of letters for the New York Times, e.g. Oct 5 letter. More TV: Squawk Box + NY1 + Twin Cities Live.

Will you think I'm shallow if

I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? Judy Blume! Lois Lowry! Jason Reynolds! Lin Manuel Miranda! Tom Wolfe! Cool, right? Which authors do you recognize? Just click. My PW tribute to Sue Grafton.  

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My first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, came out in a dozen languages and is still in print. AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are diaries of a fifth grader. The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is "a love letter to language" and "perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." A quick video.  

Join me on TwitterInstagram and Facebook. In SLJ, you can read Five Things I've Learned From Being an Advice Columnist. For class or clubs: Speed of Life Discussion Guide. And if you like novels that make you cry, listen to this. Another recent Q & A.

Husband Rob Ackerman works for SNL and is a playwright. (New plays: Loyalty and Gumballs.) Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders featured on Today Show and Forbes, and Emme, whose name is a palindrome, just left NBC and lives in Scotland! And we all love our rescue cat Mike.  >^..^<  What am I working on now? A novel about a painting…


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