Happy Holidays! I love turning kids into readers. I’m the author of 15 books and have been "Dear Carol" at Girls' Life since 1994. My first book, GIRLTALK: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You, came out in a dozen languages and my newest novel, SPEED OF LIFE, hits the shelves April 4! 

AVA AND PIP, AVA AND TACO CAT, and AVA XOX are the diaries of a fifth grade "word nerd" named Ava who has a good heart and a passion for palindromes. The New York Times says AVA AND PIP is "a love letter to language" and "perfectly captures the complexities of sisterhood." Available at Indie and other bookstores and Amazon. 

Please poke around here to watch helpful videos, read personal essays, peruse my fun Hall of Fame photos, Like me on Facebook, and Follow me on Twitter.  I hope you can support your local bookseller, but whether you to go to stores or libraries, buy Indie orAmazon, thank you for checking out my work! I'll be at a Galapagos event in Hastings on Hudson, New York, on Sat Dec 17 from 2 to 6. Come say hi!

I also love visiting schools in person and by Skype. Contact me and check out this "Skype Moment of the Week" and "Publishers Weekly Photo of the Day"! I can even give talks en español. Sí Sí Sí! Oh and what happens in Vegas should be shared: AVA AND PIP just won the 2016 Nevada Young Readers' Award! How cool is that?