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Hi there! It's a busy noisy world and I appreciate your taking a moment to check out my site. You'll find essays, book reviews, photos of me with famous folk (!), interviews, and lots more. Enjoy!!
My newest book, SPEED OF LIFE, just came out in paperback. I'm so happy with the new cover, and man oh man, I worked hard on the inside. The great news: Great reviews! New York Times Book Review: "funny, perceptive and moving... I laughed out loud and I teared up while reading this novel.” New York Post: "Required Reading." Curious? Here's the first page. To order: bookseller or Indies, Amazon, Audible! FOUR starred reviews: Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist! YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Books, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best.
Coming up: Chautauqua Smith Library 8/21 at 12:30; Chappaqua Book Fair 9/29; and Warwick 10/6.
Can you believe I've been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since '94?? Whoa! I've also been a guest on Oprah, The View, Today. Here's my 48th letter in the New York Times. Recent TV: Squawk Box + NY1 + Twin Cities Live, and CNN Español.
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I suggest you jump right over 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. Here's my tribute in PW 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 in paperback and 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." Here's a quick video about the series, at Indies, B&N, and Amazon.
Poke around for helpful videos and personal essays and follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Find my books in libraries, or buy Indie or Amazon. In SLJ, you can read Five Things I've Learned From Being an Advice Columnist. For class or clubs: Speed of Life Discussion Guide. Want to hear about other novels that will make you cry? Well, listen to this.
Husband Rob Ackerman works for SNL and is a playwright--watch for Loyalty and Gumballs. Daughter Lizzi has a pancake business, Birch Benders featured on the Today Show and HuffPo. Daughter Emme, whose name is a palindrome, is leaving NBC for new adventures. And we all love our rescue cat Mike. >^..^<
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