I hope your new school year is off to a great start. Can you believe I’ve been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life for 25 years? Here’s how I got my start —in one fast TV minute. I’ve also written 16 books, from GIRLTALK to SPEED OF LIFE. (In German, Speed of Life has a different title: How to Climb a Mountain in the Rain in Flip-Flops—I just did an “Instagram takeover.”)
SPEED OF LIFE is at Indies, Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble. The New York Times says it "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. Starred reviews too in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist! YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street, and Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best.
Would you like me to visit your school or Skype? Just ask. I’ll be at Chappaqua and Easton Book Festivals this fall. In Chappaqua, I’m interviewing fellow novelists Kate Messner, Melissa Walker, and Karina Glaser, and in Easton, I’m staying with Victoria Jamieson, who drew the covers of my AVA books!
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I suggest you jump to HALL OF FAME photos? Judy Blume! Lois Lowry! Jason Reynolds! Lin Manuel Miranda! Tom Wolfe! Cool, right? My PW tribute to my friend, 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 fun diaries of a fifth grader who loves words (and palindromes). The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is "a love letter to language" and "perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." I also wrote a diary series about Melanie Martin. A quick video.
Join me on Twitter, Instagram 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. 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. His latest play is Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders featured on Today Show and Forbes. And Emme, whose name is a palindrome, ran a mountain marathon in Scotland! I’m now working on a novel about a girl in a painting by Velázquez. Stay tuned! XOX Carol